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Nissan GT-R

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A sports car produced by Nissan beginning in 2007. Previous generations of Nissan Skyline had high performance Skyline GT-R versions, but for the mid-2000's Nissan separated the two models: the regular Skyline and returned it to its semi-luxury grand touring roots and the high performance car became known simply as the GT-R.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
2008 Automobile magazine Automobile of the Year

Magazine covers include:
January 2009 - Automobile

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Nissan GT-R page on 2 October 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sports car produced by Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan, unveiled in 2007. It is the successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, although no longer part of the Skyline range itself, that name now being used for Nissan's luxury-sport market.

Between 1969 and 1974, and again between 1989 and 2002, Nissan produced a high performance version of its Skyline coupe called the Nissan Skyline GT-R. This car proved to be iconic for Nissan and achieved much fame and success on both road and track.

The GT-R is an entirely new model, sharing little with the Skyline GT-R save its signature four round tail lights. Like some later generations of the Skyline GT-R, the GT-R has all-wheel drive with a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. But the four-wheel-steering HICAS system has been removed and the former straight-6 RB26DETT engine has been replaced with a new VR38DETT V6 engine. Because of the GT-R's heritage, the chassis code for the all-new version has been called CBA-R35, or 'R35' for short (where CBA is the prefix for emissions standard), carrying on the naming trend from previous Skyline GT-R generations. The GT-R has also retained its Skyline predecessor's nickname, Godzilla, originally given to it by the Australian motoring publication Wheels in its July 1989 edition.

Nissan showed two GT-R concept cars at motor shows before it unveiled the production model: one at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, to preview a 21st-century GT-R; and a redesigned one, dubbed GT-R Proto, at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Officials said the production GT-R would be 80 to 90% based on the second concept.

The production version of the GT-R debuted at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, launching in the Japanese market on December 6, 2007. The U.S. official launch was seven months later on July 7, 2008. Universal Nissan in Los Angeles provided a customer with the delivery of a new GT-R, fresh from the production line at 12:01 am, on July 7, 2008. The Canadian launch was also in July 2008. Europe became the third consumer market, where it launched in March 2009. The large disparity in initial marketing between these regional releases is due to Nissan having to build GT-R performance centers where the car is serviced.

The engines are built on a special line at Nissan's Yokohama plant. The cars are built at their Tochigi plant on a shared production line.

Nissan chief creative officer, Shirō Nakamura, has likened the new GT-R to the giant robots of the Gundam series. Nakamura stated: "The GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed Sports car; it had to really reflect Japanese culture."

Nissan's American designers sculpted the rear three quarters of the vehicle, while their European designers sculpted the roofline.

Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo series of motor racing video games, were themselves involved in the development of the GT-R, having been contracted to design the GT-R's multifunction display.


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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels N4004-0919HNissan GT-R2009 New Models, small scale, white


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
23 May 2006The 2009 Nissan GT-R ComethAlder Mickie
2 November 20122013 Nissan GT-R specs, photos and updates Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 November 20132014 Nissan GTR Looks Better Than Ever. Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
10 February 2014Nismo Breathe On The GT-R Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
27 May 2016How Nissan Improves 2017 GT-R NISMO’s Cornering PerformanceDenis Flierl, TorqueNews


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