I’m a car fanatic. And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale. That said, my true passion lies in performance. There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM. This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.
Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10. Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…
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Tagged Auto, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, M6, Nissan, Video, Viper, You Tube, youtube
The Hennessey tuning shop is known for making Big power come out of monstrous engines. From their 1,000+ horsepower twin-turbo Dodge Vipers to their track-demolishing Corvettes, John knows his muscle cars. But that’s why his work on the GT-R is special; it’s not the traditional naturally-aspirated V8 muscle that’s capable of producing gobs of torque and astronomical amounts of horsepower. Rather, the GT-R is a highly tuned and balanced V6 that makes lots of horsepower per liter, making it super quick around the track. But like what many tuners in this world have asked; what would happen if we gave Godzilla even more power?
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Tagged Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, GTR700, Hennessey, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Sports Cars, Super Cars, Video
This week it’s more than just one wallpaper, it’s a whole gallery! Last week I posted up the classic photo of the Bugatti Veyron running down the Salt Flats, but this week I bring you something fresh. For the time being, it’s a car that only Japan is privy to enjoy. It’s the latest GT-R Spec V. Nissan just released the details, which I’ll post up soon, but they also sent out a huge collection of photos. If you follow this blog at all, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the GT-R, so I wanted to get them posted up here ASAP so you could enjoy them. What better post than the second WOTW? :)
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Tagged Cars, Desktop Wallpaper, Desktop Wallpapers, GT-R, GTR, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Photography, Sports Cars, Super Cars, Wallpaper, Wallpaper of the Week, WOTW
Here’s the last set of SEMA photos that our sharp shooters were able to get from the show this year. Perrin, Seibon, H&R, BBS, Toyo and more all put in parts, time and effort to make these GT-R’s look so good, so give it up to them for all their hard work!
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Tagged Autos, Cars, GT-R, GTR, Nissan, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, SEMA, SEMA 2008, SEMA Show, Sports Cars, Super Cars
The long awaited GT-R Spec V is now set to hit the production line in January 2009 with cars hitting the Japanese showroom floors in February. Only 10 Spec V’s per month will be produced, making this an extremely exclusive vehicle. The MSRP has gone up a little too, now at 15,000,000 yen which is about $154,000. Considering a standard GT-R goes for $76,000 in the US, Nissan had better work on that asking price if they expect to market it in the US where you can get a ZR1 for $103,000.
So what do you get for all that extra cash? 100 more horses thanks to the reworked exhaust system, more turbo boost and an aggressive ECU tune. You can also expect loads of carbon fiber aero bits and body panels, shedding an estimated 200 pounds off the GT-R. Lighter wheels, a revised suspension system and brake upgrades will also be included on the Spec V model. The GTR V Spec’s debut is expected to happen at the Nismo festival at the end of this month.
Amuse is a Japanese tuning company that has a long relationship with Nissan’s R-Series. They eeked every horsepower they could from the old RB26DETT engine, harnessing over 1,000 horsepower on the brawniest of Skylines. But with the recent release of the GT-R, most aftermarket tuners are turning their eyes away from the old R32/33/34 to focus on the fresh meat.
Amuse is one of the first tuners in the world to be able to successfully play with the GT-R’s ECU and win… and win they did. So what exactly did they do to get 602hp at 6,500rpm and 571lb-ft of torque at 5,300rpm from the already highly-tuned GT-R?
Well for starters, they up’d the boost. A lot. They also added a full titanium exhaust, electronic boost controller, and they removed that pesky 112mph speed limiter. But the real trick was making the ECU work correctly with all these changes… GT-R ECU’s haven’t liked it when tuners did so much as change the wheels and tires, so you can understand that this alone was a monsterous feat.
To make it lighter on it’s feet, the titanium exhaust and all new Recaro carbon-Kevlar racing seats dropped 100 pounds off the curb weight. Add in a removable MOMO steering wheel and you’ve got the meanest GT-R in the world (so far).
Dubbed the Power House Amuse Phantom GT-R, you’ll be able to buy these auto parts from Amuse sometime in 2009. Until then, your stock 480+ horsepower GT-R will have to suffice.
The GT-R is the car that Nissan under-promised and over-delivered. Not only does it rocket from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, running the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds, but it can lap the ring in 7:29. Many believe that Nissan has been sandbagging…480HP just isn’t enough to move a car that weights 3,800 pounds. Car & Driver recently put 5 different GT-R’s on the dyno and found out that they actually make around 520 horsepower, which is about 40 more than the sticker says! Not only do they make more power, but Car & Driver was able to get from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds! What else has Nissan not told us about the GTR?
Source: Car & Driver
For unknown reasons, Nissan has delayed the Japanese release of the Spev-V GT-R. But to satisfy the appetites of power hungry gear heads, Nissan has decided to release the GT-R “Evolution”, which will feature several of the Nismo parts that were developed for the race-prepped version of the GT-R that ran in the Tokachi 24 Hour Endurance Race. How much more the “Evolution” model will cost is still unknown, as are the upgraded parts that will be fitted to it. More on info on this as it becomes available.
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Tagged GT-R, GT-R Evolution, GT-R Spec-V, GTR, GTR Evolution, GTR Spec V, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GT-R Evolution, Nissan GT-R Spec V, Nissan GTR, Nissan GTR Evolution, Nissan GTR Spec-V
In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03. If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.
Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers. The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia. But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06. Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R. Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds? We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.
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Tagged Chevy, Corvette, Fast Car, GT-R, GTR, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Nurburgring, Racing, Super Cars, Supercars, ZR-1, ZR1