Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, today announced the launch of the new model – GT-R. it is peoclaimed as â€œan ultimate supercar enjoyable to anyone, anywhere, at anytimeâ€. The car will be available mainly through Nissan High Performance Centers. New GT-R embodies the new understanding and appreciation of natural forces of gravity, inertia and aerodynamics. The car transforms these forces into an absolutely new design, maximal tire grip and airflow.
To increase the interaction between a driver and a vehicle a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) never seen before in the marketplace was designed and became an integral property of a new model. The main principles of a new GT-R are speed and efficiency, high-output with environmental mindfulness and high performance and safety.
So Nissan has designed a completely new model offering advanced high performance for secure and enjoyable driving free of climatic, road condition or driving technique limitations. The car suits to drive on snow, rain or urban areas owing to its advanced technology and driving dynamics. The perfect characteristics of a new car were reached also through specialized production process. The components are assembled with a special high-precision process, which includes a series of vibration tests. Engines and transmissions are assembled in a â€œclean roomâ€ environment and after its completion every car of the present series undergoes several comprehensive tests to ensure the proper operation of all vehicle components.
The owners of a new GT-R will be offered total support for the first three years of ownership including measurement and adjustment of the engine, transmission and wheel alignment after the first 1000 km.
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The latest Skyline GT-R prototype, pictured above, differs from ones seen previously. This one has a pair of small air vents in the hood and four large exhaust outlets in the rear. Past prototypes had no vents and just two tailpipes. The car in the photo obviously uses Infiniti G35 coupe sheetmetal, substantially modified to fit huge tires and a large front air dam. The real GT-R will look a lot like the Nissan GT-R Proto concept that debuted at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.
Nissan considered a V-8 for the next GT-R but has opted instead for a specially developed twin-turbo V-6, due to its lower weight and explosive power potential. A limited-edition 2005-model GT-R Z-tune, fitted with the now superseded twin-turbo straight-six, generated over 500 horsepower, showing the potential of this car. Britain’s Cosworth is helping Nissan extract more than 450 horsepower from the upcoming 3.7- or 3.8-liter V-6 while still meeting emissions laws.
2008 Nissan GT-R It’s the most exciting car Japan has ever produced. Sorry Supra, too bad NSX, but there’s nothing quite like the Skyline GT-R. A technological tour de force, the GT-R has always been the dream car of the PlayStation generation. Since 1989, modern GT-Rs have always featured a twin turbocharged engine and electronically controlled all-wheel drive and steering. The last generation Skyline GT-R, the R34, was the first production car ever to feature an onboard computer that gave real-time dynamic readouts on a full color screen. Not to mention that it was fast and nimble enough to run head-to-head with a Porsche 911 GT3.
But it also has more, much more, than just an enviable reputation — it has a cult following. Like all the best sports cars (think Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Ford GT40), the Skyline earned its accolades in motorsport, where budgets were blown and technology distilled to make this car a world-beater.
In one sense, it’s esoteric — its price and position atop the Japanese fast car food chain put it just beyond the reach, but not out of the dreams, of the average salaryman. What cemented the car’s standing was that it became fairly affordable as the years went by. After the hype died down, anyone willing to take the chance on a used Japanese import could have bagged an R33, or even an R34, for reasonable money. And the fact that the 2.6-liter straight-six engine is so damned unburstable — inspiring a few crazed owners to tweak its power output up to over 1,000 horsepower — hasn’t hurt, either. In fact, much of the Godzilla reputation has been built on the street, not the track. It seems the GT-R has always been built for tuning.
Sad, then, that few American drivers have had the pleasure of spinning its twin turbos, experiencing the all-wheel-drive traction, and dancing with its four-wheel steering system. Because the plumbing of the turbos made conversion to lefthand drive impractical, the Skyline was never available in the U.S. To own one in America has taken dedication, foolhardiness, and money, in correspondingly generous portions. Up until now. Well, 2008, more like. That’s when the new GT-R will be coming to a Nissan dealership near you.
As you read this, the next generation GT-R is already attacking the North Loop of Germany’s famed Nrburgring as part of its extensive testing regimen. We’ve shown the photos in past issues — tweaked Skyline/G35 coupes with weird vents and hood bulges. Why the Nordschleife? Well, partly for the PR buzz it generates, but more importantly because the R34 GT-R clocked a time of 7.52 seconds, for many years the unofficial record for a production car, and a time the new model must obliterate.
Just how it will do that is largely a mystery. There is an unprecendented level of secrecy surrounding this new model. And it’s not just to get us all excited. Nissan knows it must be right from the word go. At the peak of his cost reduction campaign in 2001, CEO Carlos Ghosn reinvigorated Nissan and the industry by announcing a new GT-R would be coming and that this time, it would be available to the world.