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Japenese car mags sometimes provide the juiciest of news for us Yanks to drool over. Take these scans from an unnamed Japanese car mag that show Nissan's upcoming GT-R. The pictures look a bit photoshopped, as they differ from spy shots we've seen of the car testing at the Nurburgring in Germany and elsewhere in the world. The car in these pics is much more aggressive with an extra intake for rear brake cooling behind the doors and accompanying vent behind the wheel wells. The rear wing is also larger and a more serious looking affair.

Then again, the GT-R will come in three flavors, standard, V-Spec and EVO, so most of these shots may be showing the GT-R EVO trim that ups the car's aggression by a factor of ten. The translation of the article accompanying these photos tell us that the standard GT-R will start at $57,000 and feature a 480-horsepower version of the VQHRTT. Whether or not the twin-turbo V6 is 3.7L or 3.8L large wasn't mentioned. The V-Spec GT-R, meanwhile, will start at $67,000, while the top perfroming EVO spec will begin at $94,000 and feature a 530-horsepower version of the VQHRTT engine while shedding 220 lbs. from the car's overall weight through the use of lighter seats, ceramic rotors and the like.

[Source: CarSpyShots.net via WorldCarFans blog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      First of all, it's a Nissan...abet a cool looking Nissan. So, they fact it can play in the same sand box as a Z06 would be a huge compliment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you put a GM or Ford badge on this car everyone would hate this car instantly. I'll take my Challenger SRT-8 or Z06 or non-turning GT500 KR thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why are people comparing this car to a mustang? This thing was built to get around a road course as fast as possible. That is NOT what the mustang was built for. The mustang was built primarily for straight line speed and good looks at a reasonable price.

      Even the GT500 is a totally different animal. Yes, they're both in the same price bracket but that's about where the similarities end. One is a drag racers dream with classic styling, the other is a track missle with a touch of luxury. Apples and Oranges.
      • 8 Years Ago

      According to this article, the GT-R is running the ring in just 7:15. Take that american cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #33 You should have said the 997 Turbo, because that is what Nissan is going after, they aren't too concerned about the Z06.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15, hit the nail right on the head.
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      As someone has said before, why are people comparing this car to a Mustang? And I would pose this question to you too.

      GT-R, since 1989, was never the "affordable" sports car from Nissan - that honor was bestowed on the Z-cars. The Skyline cars (Infiniti G35s) were Nissan's entry level luxury sedans. The GT-Rs were the sports coupe variants. Which is why Infiniti dealers cried like babies when Ghosn (head Nissan exec) said the GT-R would be badged as a Nissan not an Inifiti
      In Japan, and in most of the world where the GT-R was available, it was Nissan's answer to the Porsche 911.

      Secondly, the Japanese aren't as brand conscience as Americans. Thats why the Infiniti G35 is still called the Nissan Skyline in Japan.

      Like you've said before the Europeans and the Japanese understand this and the history, however, you apparently don't?

      Anyhow, Skyline GT-R has always been an expensive car and you do get what you pay for.

      If you're so inclined to do the research, taking into account exchange rates and inflation a R32 brand new would cost around the same as a base Vette.

      A person who doesn't have an understanding of Nissan's automotive history and yet is willing to make grandiose ill-conceived comments such as yours is a true "dee-dee-dee."
      Christopher Watts
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have been trying to understand all of the drama over this particular car. I can't. And while I appreciate all things automotive, $90 large for a NISSAN is absurd.
      And please, stop comparing it to a Mustang. WGAF!!!! The Mustang and Skyline have only one thing in common with each other: they represent a specific piece of history for their automakers. BOTH cars started out as basic, stylish blends of cheap transportation. Yes, cheap! One has evolved successfully to please the mass public in America, the other, successfully in Japan. But never will you see a factory (street) $90k Mustang. Ford is not THAT stupid. That kind of technology and $ should have gone back into the next generation Z car. A least then, it would have been a justifiable evolution that Americans might accept. If you have $90k in your pocket to buy a Skyline so you can 'hunt' for Mustangs, then you are dee-dee-dee. If you are even spending $90k for a NISSAN,then you are DDD2.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #17: if you have to ask that question, you're probably not the target market for this one. Best to stick with a 911. ;-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      $ 94000 is some serious coin for a japanese car not matter how fast it is or how well it handles.Most people spending that kind of money on a car want an exotic name and want to show everybody that they have the money.It brings to mind the Acura NSX.Great car ...but it was a Honda.
      Anyways ..kudos to Nissan for building it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7 yer an even bid idiot the Z06 will slap the crap many exotics out there. The GTR will be an even battle. And its funny how the Z06 doesn't need a turbo to get the job done.
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Rob: How can you even say the base GTR will run with the Z51. It will absolutely destroy it! Just look at how the GT-R (R34) fares against the C5 Z51.

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