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Nissan Shows off New GT-R to Press at Nurburgring

October 12, 2010 Comments off

Journos from around the world have been given the first hands on with the latest incarnation of the Nissan GT-R over the past couple of weeks. What better place to do it than the Nurburgring where lucky press members were able to take the DBA-R35 on the Nordschlieffe to feel for themselves just how much of an improvement the 2012 model will be.

First of the articles have popped up on sites like Edmunds and Autocar each with some tantalising new photos of the car including finally some good interior shots.

To add to this, Nissan has been gracefully letting a few select European GT-R owners out on hot laps around the ‘ring with Nissan test drivers. What a ride, check out one of the YouTube videos below with Italian GT-R Club member Discoragno get’s a ride along with “Lord of the Ring” Toshio Suzuki himself.

Thanks to MC and Chuck H for the links.

Images: Autocar UK
Images: Edmunds
Discussion Thread: NAGTROC

2012 Nissan GT-R Spied With Updated Wheel Design

June 29, 2010 Comments off

Edmunds has scooped a few new photos of the 2012 GT-R at Nurburgring again today. This time shes wearing even less camouflage than before so we can start to properly appreciate the new curves up front.

What’s most surprising and what they failed to comment on was the completely new wheel design. It’s long been predicted that Nissan will also need to refresh the wheel design to complete a facelift and it looks like they have. Not a huge departure from the original design which is a good thing because the original wheels were great. These are expected to be slightly lighter than the 2009 versions.

Link: Edmunds Straightline Website

MotorTrend: 2012 Nissan GT-R Unmasked Spied at Nurburgring

June 23, 2010 Comments off

There’s been a lot of the masked / camouflaged GT-R photos on various sites around the net this week. Unfortunately most of them gave us even less of an idea than we already had about what the facelifted 2012 GT-R was going to look like.

MotorTrend has changed that with the publication of some much more juicy photos clearly showing the front double canards and the rear diffuser updates.

It’s certainly a big departure from what I was expecting up front, I was assuming a more subdued front canard look. Nevertheless the rear end look appeals to me a lot.

Lots more photos at the MotorTrend website linked below…

Link/Source: MotorTrend: Nissan GT-R Prototype Spied

MotorTrend: Lexus LFA vs Nissan GT-R

May 10, 2010 Comments off

Interesting to see what happens when you put the two most menacing Japanese supercars side by side in a straight line.

Considering the price tags I’d say the GT-R holds it’s own. It’d be interesting to see the results using launch control and, as mentioned on AutoBlog, how they fare on a road course.

Source: MotorTrend via Autoblog

TheDriver Trailer – New Animated Series Featuring the GT-R is Amazing

April 16, 2010 Comments off


Superb animation featuring realistic tuned vehicles? Sounds like a good recipe but it gets better when we find out what the hero is driving at the end. I wont spoil it but it is after all so I think you can figure it out.

From the creative mind of Chris and Chrison Studios, I just can’t wait for the first episode!

Link: TheDriver Official Website
Link: TheDriver on Facebook

Nomuken Drifts the Blitz R35 GT-R – First Video

April 13, 2010 Comments off


Just picked up this video from what looks to be Nomuken’s first try at drifting the recently completed rear wheel drive, manual transmission sporting Blitz R35 GT-R. Jump to 2:20 mark if you want to skip over the getting to know you bits and get straight into the drifting.

I believe this is from Video Option Drift Tengoku DVD volume 56. For more, pickup your copy at your local Japanese bookstore.

Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race Book Release

February 22, 2010 Comments off

When you take a look at your local bookstore you’re not exactly going to be overwhelmed with material on the GT-R. 99% of the publications dealing with GT-Rs of any sort are produced in Japan for the local market only in Japanese. I have a bookshelf full of this stuff I can only read every third word of….

Since the R35 GT-R’s launch as a prototype in 2005 and finally a global production car in 2007 the global interest levels have risen though and we’ve started to see some interest in knowing more about the history and future of the GT-R and to have that in hardcover form.

This one in particular, Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race by Dennis Gorodji (Veloce Publishing) fills that gap as a comprehensive guide to the GT-R and it’s motorsports record. Covering Skylines and GT-Rs and motorsports from 1957 til 2009 and models from the Prince Skyline ALSIS-1 to the R35 SpecV. With 224 pages and, 400 photos it covers US models as well as European models.

This book contains rare pictures, schemas and graphs detailing the many unique qualities of the Nissan GT-R, a car that revolutionized modern sports car dynamics. Analysis of the motorsport history of the GT-R provides an original view of development of the models, and comparison of them with other sports and racing cars. It features an original and critical analysis of the new GT-R R35, and the R35 Spec V, which will be launched in the beginning of 2009 and is also represented in the book. With over 400 color photographs, this is essential reading for sports car fans.

The publisher tells me this one’s out now so should be able to grab a copy via or the publishers site now. Check out the links below for more on that. If you pickup a copy feel free to send me your reviews!

Also coming soon from the Gorodji’s and Veloce Publishing is The Nissan GT-R High-performance Manual – An international guide to High-performance components by Alex Gorodji. We’ll make another announcement when that one is released later in the year…

Link: Nissan GT-R Supercar: Born to Race on
Link: More info and excerpts @ Veloce Publishing Website

Mine’s R34 GT-R Up Against Japan’s Hottest R35 GT-Rs

February 15, 2010 Comments off

Hot Version volume 103 has hit shelves in Japan and this one is a corker for GT-R fans. Not only does it feature a R35 GT-R tuner lap battle but there’s also this race where the legendary Mine’s R34 GT-R tackles some of the quickest R35s in Japan.

Check out the video below and hit up Amazon to buy your copy online…

Source: Hot Version DVD Volume 103 via
Link: Hot Version 103 – Buy Online with Amazon Japan

MotorTrend Has Fun With a Nissan GT-R and Scion Drift Cars

February 4, 2010 Comments off

A fun video put together by Motortrend for an article they published today about a Nissan GT-R up against a pair of purpose built drift Scion tCs. It’s not really about the numbers, it’s just about how the cars make you feel. A good point to make and a reason why I’m going to get my GT-R out on the track more this year.

Link: Motortrend: Shock Value: Nissan GT-R vs Scion Drift tCs

Motor Trend February 2010: The Nissan GT-R and “Character”

January 3, 2010 Comments off

Motor Trend magazine seems to “get” the Nissan GT-R. They gave it their Car of The Year 2009 prize after all. There’s another brief article on the GT-R in the Feb issue about the GT-R and that difficult to define quality called “character”.

Character is cool when you’re noodling down to the car show in your De tomaso Mangusta, not when you’re chasing tenths of a second on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

– Angus Mackenzie, Motor Trend, Feb 2010

Angus argues that, the fact that a “character” laden car is difficult to drive fast, doesn’t make it a good drive. That and, if you want to drive fast, choosing the car that won’t try and kill you if you make a slight mistake is a smart choice.

I agree with the article although I personally do not feel that the GT-R lacks character. It just has a very different character to that of it’s peers…

Source: NAGTROC forums