The Nissan GT-R Thread

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I would buy a GTR tomorrow morning if i could. Such a sublime car. Been in 2 of the models as a passenger and its just something else. Your body struggles to comprehend the forces that can be put down on tyres - especially on the bends.
Out of the "fast" cars i've ever been in or driven my orders are;
1. Nissan GTR - Sublime. I could marry it.
2. Porsche GTS - Sublime.
3. Mercedes E55 - Really nice, but feels bulky and i felt like i was over 40
4. Ferrari 488 - I just can't like these cars. They're flashy and i don't know. don't do it for me.
5. Lamborghini Gallardo - Meh, ok but again see Point 4.
6. Mercedes G63 - I'll take 2 please, and marry one of them!
 

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WATCH: Celebrating the iconic GTR - 50 years ago Nissan unleashed ‘Godzilla’ and it continues to thrill

Mention the word "Godzilla" in a car-related sense and everyone will know what you’re talking about… The GT-R, of course.

While this nickname strictly speaking refers to the R32 version of the iconic Skyline GT-R range, it has by now been universally accepted to describe any model wearing the GT-R moniker.

It was 50 years ago that the first version of "Godzilla" was released to dealers – giving birth to an iconic nameplate which spawned a series of halo GT cars and ultimately became a marque in its own right.

Hakosuka

With the internal Nissan designation PGC10, this original GT-R model initially was exclusive to a dealership network in Japan called Nissan Price Store and it was initially available only as a four-door sedan. The coupe version, chassis code KPGC10, only followed two years later.

It was, however, the GT-R's history of racetrack dominance, with 50 victories scored from 1968 to 1972 including 49 consecutive wins in Japan that led to its popularity, and the C10 became known as "Hakosuka" – a combination of the Japanese word for box ("hako") and the Japanese abbreviation for skyline ("Suka" or "sukairain").

Godzilla proper

I’m sure you know all this. Just as you know that the third generation Skyline GT-R, the R32 conceived in 1989 (because Nissan wanted its own version of a Porsche 959), dominated the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC), winning all races entered, and the championship three consecutive times – and that this dominance led to its nickname "Godzilla".

For all intents and purposes, the R33, introduced in 1995, was a "Godzilla Evo" as it used a nearly identical engine to the R32, the same turbo’s and the same gearbox, but a newer four-wheel drive system with an active LSD.

Fast and furious

Interestingly, the fifth generation R34 version introduced twenty years ago was the only Skyline GT-R model officially made available in South Africa… even though we did receive the R30 and R31 versions of the Skyline, but never the GT-R derivative.

While the R32 gained popularity from its achievements on track the R34, viewed by some as the ultimate Skyline, achieved fame due to its appearances in The Fast and The Furious movie franchise as the preferred ride of Brian O'Connor (played by the late Paul Walker).

Like its predecessors, it was constantly updated, hatching V Spec (Victory Specification), V Spec N1, V Spec II, V Spec Nür, M Spec, M Spec Nür and Nismo Z-Tune derivatives during its lifespan.

Gundam style

Production of the R34 ended in 2002 and Nissan announced that the next GT-R model would be separated from the Skyline range, creating an entirely new line – although still based on the Premium Midship (PM) platform first used by the V35 generation Skyline.

The new car, simply known as the Nissan GT-R, was released to consumers in 2008 and it was likened by Nissan to the giant robots of the popular Gundam series – a science fiction franchise that features giant robots and has also become an icon of Japanese culture.

Digital developers were also involved in the development of the GT-R, as Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo video games was roped in to design the GT-R's customisable multifunction display that had its roots in the R34 Skyline.

The heritage and legacy of the GT-R has been exhaustively chronicled over the years, but aficionados will have picked up one model in the GT-R saga has not been mentioned yet – the second generation "ghost" GT-R…

Kenmeri

The C110 GT-R, introduced at the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show as successor to the "hakosuka" Skyline and released to the public in 1973, is regarded as the "ghost" in the GT-R line-up due to its very short production run – the result of the oil crisis in the early 1970s which saw demand for high-performance sports cars dwindle.

However, this makes it the rarest production Skyline GT-R ever, with only 197 cars built, and it also was the last GT-R for a decade; until production of the R32 began in 1989.

Though ultimately unsuccessful, the influence of this Skyline generation on the future success of the GT-R cannot be underestimated. You see, while the C10 "hakosuka" GT-R made the Skyline name a legend among Japanese gearheads, it was the C110 "kenmeri" that made it a household name. But how?

Bizarrely enough, it had nothing to with power ratings, motorsport prowess or on-road performance. No, it was due to an advertising campaign featuring a young (supposedly American) couple, Ken and Mary, enjoying the great outdoors – perfectly capturing Japanese optimism and romance for road trips in the early 70s.

According to an article by Jeff Koch for Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine, Nissan at the time wanted an American feel for its new Skyline and "kenmeri" was a sort of pun: If you flip the order of the names you get Mary Ken... or A-meri-can… Now, say that with a Japanese accent.

The original stars of the "kenmari" ads were a soapie actor of Russian and Japanese descent, Jimmy Zinnai, and the daughter of an American pilot living in Japan at the time, Diane Krey (now Krey-Wesley).

From late 1972 to late 1974 the advertisements with Ken and Mary enjoying the world in their Skyline 2000GTX were a cultural sensation in Japan. Zinnai and Krey became two of the most recognisable faces in Japan – at a time when the Skyline and GT-R was virtually unknown in South Africa and the Western world.

The campaign was so successful it spawned a hit song by the Japanese folk band Buzz called "Ken & Mary, Ai to Kaze no Youni", t-shirts and other Ken and Mary paraphernalia, and even the large poplar tree used in later Ken and Mary commercials became a minor star itself.

Ken and Mary still adorn the cover of a (Japan-only) DVD featuring fifty years of Skyline TV ads, and the original commercials can now be viewed on YouTube and Dailymotion. Enjoy…

Limited Edition

So, how will Nissan celebrate an icon created 50 years ago (remember, with the gaps in its production timeline it hasn’t been around for half a century…)?

Well, last year Nissan commissioned italdesign to create the "GT-R50" to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R (it made its public debut at the 1968 Tokyo Motor Show) and the Italian design and engineering brand. Only fifty of these cars will be produced and they will be hugely expensive.

Nissan also plans some local activities later this year to commemorate the milestone, and this may include the launch of the Special Edition GT-R…

https://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Guides_and_Lists/watch-celebrating-the-iconic-gtr-50-years-ago-nissan-unleashed-godzilla-and-it-continues-to-thrill-20190206

 

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Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 Turbo vs BMW M5 Competition drag race - Carwow

 

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I would buy a GTR tomorrow morning if i could. Such a sublime car. Been in 2 of the models as a passenger and its just something else. Your body struggles to comprehend the forces that can be put down on tyres - especially on the bends.
Out of the "fast" cars i've ever been in or driven my orders are;
1. Nissan GTR - Sublime. I could marry it.
2. Porsche GTS - Sublime.
3. Mercedes E55 - Really nice, but feels bulky and i felt like i was over 40
4. Ferrari 488 - I just can't like these cars. They're flashy and i don't know. don't do it for me.
5. Lamborghini Gallardo - Meh, ok but again see Point 4.
6. Mercedes G63 - I'll take 2 please, and marry one of them!
Each to their own... Everyone I know or have heard of who has driven one says it is an epic feat of engineering but it is a dead drive... There is almost no feeling from the car itself.
 

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Nissan Restarts R32 Skyline Engine Production

Godzilla returns with official 2019 parts catalogue.

In an announcement which is sure to carry great favour with Japanese performance car enthusiasts, Nissan has confirmed reproduction plans for one of its most legendary engines.

Since last year the company has been providing official support to owners of R33 and R34 Skyline GT-Rs, and that programme has now been extended to include the original R32 model too.

The catalogue of parts Nissan has committed to supplying include bodywork and engine components. Nissan has restarted production of original RB26 specification engine blocks, heads, wiring harnesses and fuel pump assemblies – all crucial bits to ensure that an original GT-R keeps running in appropriate order.

Pricing for an official reproduction R32 engine block is set at R22 400 and for the matching cylinder head, it’s R25 000. For Japanese sportscar devotees who become anxious at the thought of replacing crucial engine components, the news of an official Nissan parts supply chain being restarted for the R32 is splendid news.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/nissan-restarts-r32-skyline-engine-production/46427/

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Nissan Plans 50th Anniversary GT-R and 370Z

Nissan will be at the 2019 New York Auto Show and has plans for special anniversary editions of its GT-R and 370Z.

The 2019 New York Motor Show takes place on the 19th April 2019, with media days just prior. One such manufacturer who will be exhibiting is Nissan, who will be using the stage to celebrate 50 years of Nissan Z and Skyline GT-R. With both vehicles going into production back in 1969, it's expected the Japanese brand will be showing off special anniversary models.

Nissan hasn't said much else other than using the event to introduce what they're calling "the ultimate dream garage." The teaser image shows 8 vehicles, with some hidden in shadows. From the outlines, we can see that 3 are GT-Rs, while the 4th is a Nissan 370Z.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/nissan-plans-50th-anniversary-gt-r-and-370z/46417/

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut, with race car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that maximize its exhilarating performance.

The model was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition as Nissan celebrated 50 years of GT-R heritage at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

"The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car," said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. "Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R, and the new NISMO's performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the race track - but is also at home on the open road."

Designed for a pro, built for everyone

For the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO, Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control and predictability were critical in achieving this; thus, they adopted the theme "absolute street and track performance" when developing the car.

Setting the most potent and exclusive of all GT-Rs apart from the rest of the pack is the amount of carbon fiber found throughout the car, including the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler. Each component has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce and enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), in addition to nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R. Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce onto the front tires, without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body, with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, promoting high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fiber roof a lightweight, tight weave.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO's exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are lighter than before and incorporate a nine-spoke design that enhances their rigidity. Newly designed Dunlop tires, with a wider tread and fewer grooves, increase the contact patch by 11%. This results in higher cornering force, enhanced steering response and improved rolling resistance when compared with the previous model.

Inside the cabin, exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats are designed to focus on holding the shoulder blades and lower body points, giving the driver a better sense of car and body as one.

https://www.netcarshow.com/nissan/2020-gt-r_nismo/

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Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

Few vehicles in the world can be instantly identified by just three letters. But to motoring enthusiasts everywhere, "GT-R" has become synonymous with excitement, high performance and unparalleled refinement.

Making its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition takes the nameplate to a level that was unimaginable when it was first introduced 50 years ago. To celebrate the half-century of the GT-R, engineers challenged themselves to find undiscovered performance potential while still making sure the car can be enjoyed by drivers at any level.

"A GT-R is about total balance management," said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. "It is not about chasing a power figures, but creating a new GT-R, where no aspect has been overlooked. This is appropriate to celebrate the GT-R 50th anniversary."

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 2020 Nissan GT-R will come in three trim levels in most markets: GT-R Premium, GT-R Track Edition and GT-R NISMO. In select regions, there will also be the Pure, Prestige and Black models, but it is the 50th Anniversary Edition that truly celebrates the GT-R's rich heritage.

The special edition car will come in three heritage-era, two-tone exterior color combinations meant to represent the GT-R's liveries from the Japan GP series - of which the original GT-R was born to dominate in. Retired since the GT-R "R34" model, Bayside (Wangan) Blue makes a return, complete with white racing stripes. A four-coat, double-heat treatment process ensures a vivid blue with striking highlights and deep shadows. Blue accents on the wheel spokes are among several fine touches made to celebrate the GT-R's milestone. Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes round out the 50th Anniversary liveries.

https://www.netcarshow.com/nissan/2020-gt-r_50th_anniversary_edition/

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Special Nissan GT-R '50th Anniversary Edition' uncovered

Nissan has whipped the covers off its special new GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition model at the 2019 New York International Auto Show to celebrate (you guessed it) 50 years of the nameplate.

The special-edition model will be offered in three “heritage-era”, two-tone exterior colour combinations representing the GT-R's liveries from the Japan GP series: Bayside Blue (with white racing stripes), Pearl White (with red stripes) and Super Silver (with white stripes).

Inside, you’ll find a fresh grey colour scheme, along with items such model-specific steering wheel and shift knob trim, special seat embossing, Alcantara headlining (with special stitching) and Alcantara-wrapped sun-visors.

The peak outputs of the familiar turbocharged 3,8-litre V6 – some 408 kW and 632 N.m here in South Africa – are unchanged (and it’s still linked to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission), although the Japanese firm also offers an upgraded GT-R Nismo in some markets.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/special-nissan-gt-r-50th-anniversary-edition-uncovered/
 

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Nissan reveals retro-inspired GT-R 50th Anniversary edition

Revised version of Nissan's long-running sports car gains retro styling, turbo and suspension tweaks

Nissan has celebrated 50 years of the GT-R sports car line with the launch of a special 50th Anniversary Edition at the New York motor show.

The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates the anniversary of the GT-R (Gran Turismo Racer) badge, which was introduced in 1969 as a variant of the Skyline. The GT-R became a standalone model in 2007.

The special edition will be offered in three ‘heritage-inspired’ colour schemes, which are all based on liveries from Skyline GT-R cars that competed in the Japan GP series. That includes ‘Bayside Blue’, a colour retired since the R34 GT-R model.

The interior features a special grey colour, and features unique steering wheel trim, Alcantera headliner and sun visors and seat trim.

The 50th Anniversary Edition, along with other 2020 model year GT-Rs, retains a hand-built 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant, which produces 562bhp and 467lb ft, and Nissan says new turbochargers help improve low rpm response and improve efficiency.

There is also a revised six-speed dual clutch transmission, which also features a reworked ‘R mode’ performance setting with more aggressive downshifts. Nissan has also tweaked the electronically controlled suspension in a bid to improve ride comfort and cornering stability.

Nissan has also unveiled the new race-honed GT-R Nismo, which uses a turbocharger from the GT3 race version to boost output to 592bhp and 481lb ft. It also gets the revised transmission, R mode and suspension from the regular GT-R.

The GT-R Nismo features revised bodywork, with greater use of carbon fibre to save weight and new downforce-generating front bodywork based on the GT-R GT3.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-new-york-motor-show/nissan-reveals-retro-inspired-gt-r-50th-anniversary-edition
 

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Meet the Car That Earned the Nissan GT-R's 'Godzilla' Nickname - Jalopnik

 

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Current-gen Nissan GT-R is not that old, suggests exec

The product specialist for the Nissan GT-R says the current generation of the Japanese performance car is not that old, saying “some matureness is very important”.

Speaking to Digital Trends, Hiroshi Tamura claimed “it’s not so long” since the current-generation GT-R debuted in 2007.

“In 1989, we launched the car, R32 Skyline GT-R. Then the R33 Skyline GT-R, which started in 1995. Then we have the 1999 R34 Skyline GT-R. But they all used the same RB26 engine, twin-turbo, and all-wheel drive system,” Tamura-san told the US-based publication.

“From 1989 to the end of 2002 – 13 years – we didn’t change anything about this platform except the wheelbase length. From 2007 to now is 13 years. So it’s not so long,” he said.

“In a sportscar, some matureness is very important. Customers want this kind of sportscar attitude. Of course, from a journalist’s standpoint, you say ‘[it must be] brand new’. This is a paradox, you know,” Tamura-san added.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/current-gen-nissan-gt-r-is-not-that-old-suggests-exec/
 

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2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo: Tamura-san interview, Autobahn, road and track review - CarAdvice

 

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Nissan Upgrades Nismo GT-R

Nissan’s latest GT-R borrows bits from the company’s GT3 racing programme.

The GT-R might be in its 13th year, but Nissan’s engineers are still finding ways of extracting additional performance from the platform.

Nissan’s latest upgrades to its V6-powered supercar come under the guise of a Nismo derivative which is even closer to being a road racer than before. The car’s exterior design is dominated by sections of exposed carbon-fibre, red piping which runs all around an intricate series of splitters and side-spoilers; yellow Brembo brakes and titanium exhaust ends which have been burnished to turn them blue.

Beyond the striking appearance, engineers have managed to save 10.5 kg of weight by improving the carbon-fibre material quality of the GT-R Nismo’s bumpers, bonnet, front wheel arches, roof and boot lid. Redesigned Rays 20-inch wheels reduce rotational mass and a host of other lightweight bits have managed to make the new Nismo GT-R 20 kg lighter than its predecessor (which was launched in 2017).

The previous version of the Nismo GT-R did not make it to SA so this version won't either. Expect a few Nurburgring records to fall in the next few months, however.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/nissan-upgrades-nismo-gt-r/47014/
 
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