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)

2015 Nissan GT-R: First Look

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Competes with: Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, BMW M6

Looks like: The GT-R gets updated head and taillights 

Drivetrain: The twin-turbo 545-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 carries over

Hits dealerships: Early December in Japan; other markets to follow

Not all the news is coming from Los Angeles this week; Nissan revealed the 2015 version of its sports car ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The refreshed GT-R gets a revised rear end, redesigned head and taillights, and new interior trim.

Outside, it'll be tough to tell the old one from the new model. The biggest change is to the headlights and taillights, which use more LEDs for a more dynamic look. The front headlights also feature a new adaptive lighting system; Nissan says it automatically adapts the angle of the light beam to the speed of the car and can project the beam farther.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2013 | Comments (2)

Nissan to Develop 2014 GT-R NISMO

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Nissan is expanding its performance arm: The automaker announced today that it plans to offer a NISMO version of the 2014 GT-R supercar. This is the third vehicle to launch under the NISMO brand; it follows the revised 370Z and new Juke NISMO versions that were unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Currently, the NISMO version of the 2013 370Z is expensive, adding $5,200 to the price of the Touring version of the coupe, but according to Nissan, that will change during the next year. The automaker plans to make the NISMO brand more affordable and accessible.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Nissan's GT-R Gets Even More Expensive for 2014

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Nissan's halo car got more horsepower and a huge price bump for 2013. For 2014, only the price continues to increase. The 2014 Nissan GT-R just went on sale with a base price of $100,590, including a $1,000 destination charge; topline Black Edition versions start at $110,300. Last year's GT-R started at $97,820, including a $1,000 destination charge.

The coupe's 545-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 returns for 2014. New this year are a host of suspension upgrades that Nissan says improve high-speed handling and ride comfort. Also new is a Premium Interior Package ($4,000) that adds hand-stitched red leather for the front seats as well as red trim on the instrument panel, steering wheel, doors, armrests and shifter.

In other Nissan news, the automaker also announced pricing for its all-wheel-drive CrossCabriolet, the unpopular convertible version of the Murano crossover. The automaker lowered its sticker by $2,545 for 2014 for a new base price of $42,840, including an $845 destination charge, which is only slightly higher than the topline all-wheel-drive Murano LE's $42,085 price, including an $845 destination charge. The 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet is on sale now.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

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.

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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)

December's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Automakers won't report December sales results until later today, but we have data on the month's fastest and slowest sellers. The redesigned Toyota Avalon hit dealerships in the first week of December, and it stormed the fastest-selling list, with regular and hybrid versions averaging just eight days apiece on dealer lots. Shoppers moved toward the Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck, too. That’s likely a result of an improved construction market; November housing starts hit their second highest rate since mid-2008.

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, which hit dealerships in September, spent its third month among the fastest sellers; the new-for-2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek also marked its third month on the list. Of the 18 fastest-selling cars, 10 were repeat performers, with such regulars as the redesigned Subaru Impreza and new Scion FR-S. The Kia Soul's severe mileage downgrade doesn't seem to have sapped demand, and neither has the popular hatchback's age. It debuted way back in early 2009, but in December it placed among the fastest sellers for the third month in a row.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Nissan GT-R at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, BMW M6
  • Looks like: Nissan is obsessed with continuous improvement of its supercar
  • Drivetrain: 545-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 with six-speed dual-clutch transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: January 2013

Nissan has been steadily increasing the output of the twin-turbo V-6 in its GT-R supercar for the past few years with the most recent bump bestowing the car with a staggering 545 horsepower. For 2014, that spirit of continuous improvement is alive and well as the automaker turns its attention to the GT-R's chassis and suspension. The sports car is also available with a new Premium Interior Package. It hits dealerships in January.

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The front suspension sees the biggest changes with updated geometry and a new anti-roll bar that lowers the car's front roll-center. Revised springs and shocks lower the center of gravity, too. Nissan says the changes improve high-speed handling and ride comfort.

By Mike Hanley | November 27, 2012 | Comments (5)

Nissan Will Build Juke-R for Europe

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When Nissan unveiled its Juke-R concept last January in Dubai, the automaker said a production version of the hand-built, performance-tuned crossover would never see the light of day. According to Nissan's official Juke Facebook page, however, the automaker changed its mind. 

The concept was created by Nissan Technical Centre Europe and built by race team RML from scratch in 22 weeks. Nissan calls the 485-horsepower compact crossover a fusion of the Juke and GT-R sports car. It did zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and had a top speed of a 160 mph.

The production version will borrow the 2012 GT-R's 530-hp, turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine, which is a lot faster than the already-snappy production-model Jukes, which use a 188-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 3, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Buzz Index: March 2012

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Welcome to the Buzz Index, where we rank the hottest cars that consumers search on Cars.com. These cars have seen the biggest increase in searches and dealer contacts since last month.

Top cars in March were an eclectic bunch. Summerlike temperatures across much of the country had consumers thinking sports cars, but rising gas prices — the national average price for regular gas eclipsed $3.90 a gallon last week — brought several high-mpg redesigns alongside. Consider some numbers: Three cars in the top five have 300 horsepower or more — one has nearly double that — and five of the top 10 have an EPA city or highway rating of at least 40 mpg.

Unsurprisingly, eight of the 10 also have been redesigned or received significant updates in the past year.

By Kelsey Mays | March 30, 2012 | Comments (8)

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

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The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has hit a record $500 million and it's still growing. With just one more day before Friday's drawing, plenty of people are standing in line to buy a ticket and dream a little about what they'd do if they won all that money.

The odds of winning the lottery are slim — 1 in 176 million, according to lottery officials — but it's fun to think of what you'd buy if money were no object. We asked Cars.com's editorial department what car or cars they'd buy if they won the Mega Millions jackpot.

Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief: Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

PatrickOlsen "While I'd have plenty of money left over, I have never found another car that has made me feel giddy when I get behind the wheel, or so awed by the power it produces. But even with that, it's not uncomfortable for someone of my size, and it's feasible as a daily driver, even if it costs around $120,000."

By Jennifer Newman | March 29, 2012 | Comments (35)

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