• Feb 7th 2008 at 6:34PM
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Motor Trend
's Scott Kanemura sat down with Michizio Niikura, the president of MINE'S Motor Sports, the first aftermarket firm to get its hands on the new Nissan GT-R. The conversation centered on the roadblocks Nissan has put in place to stymie high speeds and limit modifications to the GT-R.

We've previously reported on how the GPS system fitted to the GT-R would remove the 111 mph (180 kph) speed limiter when the car arrives at a track, but according to Niikura, it will only work on pre-approved racetracks. However, the GPS sensor doesn't automatically remove the limiter by itself, it has to be manually changed by navigating through a series of menus on the GT-R's touch screen. While having to go to a Nissan-approved track is daft in its own right, it's even worse when you leave. After the track day, owners are required to head on over to a Nissan High Performance Center where a $1000 safety check is performed. Don't do it and the factory warranty is void.

Another rumor that began circulating after the Tokyo Auto Salon has also been confirmed: aftermarket wheels are out. Supposedly, all the GT-Rs on display at TAS had to be driven in on the stock rollers, jacked up and then fitted with the tuner's chosen wheels. Due to a sensor mounted on the valve stem, if the GT-R is driven with aftermarket rims, an error code is thrown on the dash. And although MINE'S has fitted a custom exhaust to their shop car, they've found that any modification to the intake system causes the ECU to go haywire.

While all these findings are disturbing draconian, GT-R owners here in the U.S. won't have to worry about the speed limiter/track day issue. Nissan has said that the GPS system won't be implemented here in the States, but the future of tuning the GT-R remains questionable. Top tip Zac!

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is totally wrong from Nissan. When they have something this delicious and whoopääs they go and do this??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Srdriven, great post. My sentiments exactly. The people who are going to bash Nissan for this are the same ones that were forever awaiting a reason to bash the GTR in the first place. Most of them are still sour about the numbers this "Nissan" puts up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan could have had my money... but this is the straw that broke the camel's back. Every little bit of news that has hit about the GT-R I have thought "well i could live with that... I don't mind that" No more. it was really a tossup between the GT-R or the Z06. I have my answer now.

      Everyone has pretty much said it - for 70,000+ dollars, the car is MINE. Don't tell me how fast i CANT go, don't tell me where i CANT drive it, and don't tell me what I can do to my own vehicle. $1000 every time to go and track my car? To hell with you Nissan. The Z06 is touted as being a car you can drive straight from the showroom to a track without having to worry about limiters, inspections, and all your other BS.

      I'm a fanboy of neither the GTR or Z06, they are both impressive pieces of machinery its just every time we get more into the GTR has more and more BS around it. With all the markups around the GTR (100K+ out the door) why would any sane person choose a damn Nissan over a Porsche or other time tested pure sports car?

      Friendly tip nissan: Don't be a car nazi and tell people what they can/can't do with their own property.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like a lot of BS considering you buy it ans you own it but you must drive it the way someone else wants you to. Where's the fun in that?
      • 7 Years Ago

      Nissan should just let owners that want to ruin their car have at it along as they make the payments what it to them. I'm sure GM or Ford won't care how many owners of their High Performance Machines Hoon or Hurt some one else with their cars it's not Nissan problem. The wheel issue seems kind of stupid but maybe like some stated this is Nissan way to supply aftermarket wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So much debate over no news, I'm pretty sure all of this is due to some tuners not familiar with the car and parts not well made.

      This car is amazing at stock and at a good price , give it 6 months and it will be moddable just like all Nissans are.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thankfully Technosquare is down the street, and JWT isn't too much further away. :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      i have to echo your sentiments. i have never heard of a shoddy nissan. i'm still pushing around a 16 year old maxima and i have yet to do anything beyond regular maintenance.

      i'm no fan boy for nissan and the only reason i'm still running the maxima is becasue i'm waiting for the mazda2 to come stateside.
      • 7 Years Ago
      no way grain.
      i have a r33 and always had a preference for nissan when was shopping for affordable trustable performance.
      but the decisions made by nissan are at least, very annoiyng where this car is the subject.
      looks like they saying"well, we gonna give you the car you waiting for, but you have to run it exactly like WE say you should and WHERE WE think you should or all the money you spended with US buying it will be lost"
      this kind of comportament doenst match with the idea of a car maded to be used like "i think" a PERFORMANCE car .

      • 7 Years Ago
      --- "It's amazing the number of people that ignore the part about this not being a factor here..."

      Even if we didn't have to worry about such thing in the states I still think it speaks horribly for Nissan as a company to even think like this in certain markets. After the constant stream of BS in the news back and forth I just don't care anymore.

      08 Z06 in 5 months bitches :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The more I hear about it, the more I dislike this car.

      Scratch that....

      The more I dislike Nissan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ls2/Ls7, I never said that 480bhp was perfection. I don't know where you got that from. That's the problem with simple minded people like you that get all hung up over HP numbers. That "480" hp car does 60 in 3.5 and the 1/4 in 11.6. Would you have ever thought a car that weighs close 3800lbs could do that? I don't think that 480 bhp is perfection, but the engineering marvel Nissan pulled off in order to offer us a car at less than 70k that will do the numbers it does given its weight is what I would call close to "engineering perfection". And as a side note, don't act like just because of this newly released news that you would never pay 70k for this car. You have been trolling GTR posts since day one, trying to find ways to bash this car. You would never buy this car even if it cost 25k. You are the biased fanboy, don't get it twisted!
        • 7 Years Ago
        What does it matter whether I could imagine a car that weight should be able to do 0-60 in 3.5?

        You are arguing the the car is so great it's no problem if people can't try to improve it. You're wrong, and you're a blind fanboy for somehow thinking that Nissan could make a car so great that it is okay that tuners would be prohibited from altering it.

        Perhaps others can improve on this car, I say we find out, instead of Nissan prohibiting for profit or just for sake of control.
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