2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO Photo Gallery

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Nissan just announced revisions to its supercar for 2015, but that news is dull compared to the newest addition to the GT-R lineup. Nissan says "records fall and dreams come true" with the 2015 GT-R NISMO, which was revealed ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. We'll also get a closer look at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

The two-plus-two coupe uses a tweaked version of the regular car's twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6; it makes 600 horsepower in the NISMO version, up 55 hp from the regular model. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn claims it's the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. The NISMO version also gets an upgraded suspension with stiffer springs and dampers.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Photo Gallery Two

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If the stingray's stinger could deliver the viper's venom, could it become the most formidable fish in the sea? Chevrolet hopes to take that analogy to the high-performance sports car segment with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, whose design cues from fellow American icon the SRT Viper are apparent.

More Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The 2014 Corvette Stingray, bowing this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts Viper-like exposed headlights and a gaping lower grille. But with features like defined rocker creases and shoulder lines, this Stingray-badged Corvette tempers the hulking appearance of the Viper. Still, the Stingray retains enough classic Corvette flavor to satisfy the faithful while tempting higher-end enthusiasts.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2013 | Comments (5)

MotherProof.com Car Seat Check Recap

2011 Kia Forte HatchbackThe 2011 Kia Forte hatchback is capable of fitting five adults comfortably. When it comes to child-safety seats, the car can only fit two, as MotherProof.com found out in its Car Seat Check. Installing the two car seats in the Forte is somewhat of a chore, too. Continue reading about the Kia Forte and the other models MotherProof.com tested in its Car Seat Check series, with the links below:

2011 Mazda RX-8: Car Seat Check 
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2012 Nissan GT-R: Car Seat Check

By Colin Bird | July 11, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Nissan GT-R

2012 Nissan GT-RThe 2012 Nissan GT-R is the most expensive Nissan ever to go on sale in the U.S. Even so, the blistering fast speeds and nimble handling make the $89,950 base price a bargain value compared with the GT-R’s competitors, according to Cars.com senior editor David Thomas. But how does this speed demon hold up against the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911?

2012 Nissan GT-R Review

By Colin Bird | July 8, 2011 | Comments (6)

What Does This Button Do?

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Below the 2012 Nissan GT-R’s climate controls sit three important toggle switches that unleash the 530-horsepower coupe’s full potential. From left to right, the second and third are easy enough to decipher: An image of a shock absorber sits above the suspension switch, and a spinning tire identifies the toggle for stability and traction systems, though that tire symbol isn't the standard ESC Off symbol, either.
 
The first switch is a little more cryptic. There’s a differential housing with tires and what looks like an electrical schematic protruding from the rear end. What’s more confusing is the toggle’s lower “Save” mode opposite the fun-looking “R” mode that all the toggles have.
 
First impressions may lead you to believe the button controls the power split of the front and rear differentials — a common feature on all-wheel-drive performance cars — but that would be incorrect.

By Joe Bruzek | June 29, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Nissan GT-R Video

For the 2012 model year, the Nissan GT-R received some exterior updates as well as performance updates, which allowed it to move past the 500-horsepower threshold. As if having a car that’s wickedly fast wasn’t enough, the GT-R also handles exquisitely and can be somewhat practical for day-to-day commuting, Cars.com senior editor David Thomas says.

By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (2)

2012 Nissan GT-R Gets Mild Tweaks

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The globally revised 2012 Nissan GT-R will be unveiled at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17, the automaker announced today.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R gets some exterior revisions and performance enhancements for its midcycle refresh. Exterior revisions include a redesigned front bumper with LED fog lights and a redesigned rear bumper. We’re not sure if the changes make the GT-R any better looking than it was before.

While Nissan was mum on more details, we’re fairly confident that the 2012 GT-R is the same model that’s now being sold in Japan as a 2011. In Japan, revisions included modifications to the powertrain that gives the GT-R more power, while spewing fewer emissions. Downforce and that car’s drag coefficient have increased as well, and the car is constructed out of more lightweight materials.

Nissan will release full details closer to the unveiling in L.A. For now, check out the exterior revisions below and tell us what you think in the comment section below.

By Colin Bird | October 18, 2010 | Comments (0)

Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Nissan GT-R

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The 2009 Nissan GT-R was one of the most anticipated sports cars released in the U.S. this year. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the chance to set foot inside one. In person, I was thoroughly impressed with the exterior metal, with its sleek lines and simple design folds. The rear spoiler is subtle and functional, while the round red taillights let you know what you’re looking at even from afar.

I like the way the GT-R looks while parked, but I absolutely love the way this car visually interacts with the road when it’s on the go. The tiny grille up front, coupled with an even tinier badge, makes the nose of this car look like it’s digging up the asphalt in front of it. Overall, it appears sleek but not skinny, with boxy, harsh lines that create distinct shapes in the outside panels. The exterior design bucks the conventional “supercar” forms, but it’s not without its own charm.

A full set of photos is below; tell me what you think in the comments section.

By Ian Merritt | October 14, 2008 | Comments (13)

Nissan GT-R Supercar Has Strict Warranty

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A story has spread on the Internet over the past week about a 2009 Nissan GT-R owner who couldn’t get his warranty to cover a blown transmission. The problem? He says he had turned off the stability control to use the car’s launch control feature. That mistake cost him $20,000 in repairs. 

We contacted Nissan about this problem — they seemed well aware of the Internet story — and were told that using the launch control feature or turning off the VDC by themselves would not void the warranty. However, if the two features are being abused and lead to damage than the warranty is void. We list the excerpted warranty below and it includes normal stipulations about modifications, racing and other changes that void warranties. 

Nissan wasn’t able to quantify how owners could use the car, meaning how many times it could be driven on a track or other hard uses. There are other GT-R owners who have complained about the transmission, but many on the original Internet forum thread attacked the original story’s author for not being a good enough driver. 

The result remains for GT-R owners: Don’t drive your 0-60-mph-in-3.5-second GT-R too hard if you’re not willing to pay for it. 

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Cars.com 2009 Nissan GT-R Review
Bad GT-R Transmission Thread (NAGTROC Forums)

By David Thomas | October 10, 2008 | Comments (17)

Cars.com Reviews the 2009 Nissan GT-R

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Hold on to your hats … senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder calls the much-heralded 2009 Nissan GT-R not fun to drive! Can you believe it? The audacity. The sacrilege. The gall. 

Well, really he’s just talking about the daily driver’s meaning of fun. Those who live and die for track time, on the other hand, might have found the perfect vehicle for their right-footed flights of fancy. Check out his full review of every aspect of the GT-R, from track-day companion to comfortable real-world vehicle.

2009 Nissan GT-R Expert Review

By David Thomas | April 30, 2008 | Comments (1)

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