• Nov 10, 2008
Rumors have been circulating for almost a year that Nissan plans to campaign the GT-R in several different series outside of SuperGT, including the Grand Am championship and the 24 Hours of LeMans. Japan's Best Car magazine supposedly has it on good authority that Nissan is developing a road-going model of the LeMans competition car that will carry an "LM Edition" badge and be sold in limited numbers.

According to the Japanese pub, the twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V6 will be putting out approximately 600 hp and will be equipped with upgraded brakes, lightweight wheels, a beefed up transmission and reworked suspension components, in addition to a new aero kit to increase downforce.

Nissan has produced several limited edition models of each generation of the Skyline GT-R before, including an LM Edition of the R33 that campaigned in LeMans in the late 90s. One good turn deserves another, and with 600 hp under the hood, things are bound to get interesting both on the track and on the street.

[Source: BestCar via Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I LOVE my R33 LM Edition. Handles so well. Think I will have to take it out for a spin tonight (on my PS2).
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is always good news when a manufacturer decides to put a car into serious competition like endirance racing. Sonce the Corvettes are already there, Nissan's entry should spur both companies into putting their best efforts into making their cars competitive. And, as racing undoubtedly improves the breed, we should see these improvements carried over into production cars in the future. Wonderful!

      As for those who are busy arguing here, why not wait until the races take place and actually show which car performs best? You should know very soon when one or another marque wins. There's hardly any sense in the silly back and forth comments that seem to be going out panning one marque or the other - soon you'll have concrete evidence of performance when the best prepared and tuned car wins.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the transmission going to be made out of chocolate, like in the base GTR?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, because chocolate is yummy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This story comes from the Japanese magazine "BestCar..." when have they EVER been right? All they do is make P'shops of cars and then say it's a rumored "special edition" to get everyone up in a tizzy about it and score some more hits on their site.

      See here:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/26/fo-shame-i-bestcar-i-envisions-a-gt-r-based-suv/
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/01/rumoured-new-ae86-more-details/
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure if you were to use the launch control on this car it would void your warranty.


      First!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It doesn't matter what kind of tranny it is, if you beat on it, it will break. Enough with these idiotic comments.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Oh wow what refreshing humor about the GTRs launch control warranty Har Har.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I'm sure the Viper won't be owned by Dodge long enough to honor their warranty.

        Troll!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. GT-R fanboys are very creative at making up and promulgating false rumors about GT-R editions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes. It says "rumor". I say "I'll believe it when I see it."

        It's not worth arguing about the name, HP, or anything about the car until it is real. And I'm not even saying it isn't real, just that I'll believe it when I see it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aren't you being a bit too obvious?
        The post does begin with "Rumormill: " after all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        damn guy, you are dense.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Why not be just enjoy both cars thew Corvette and GT-R? A real enthusiast will love a good car regardless of manufacturer or country of origin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I keep trying to like the Corvette. I really do. I'd like to argue in favor of the Z51 being the best bang/buck out there and easily mod-able to greater than Z06/GT-R/ZR1 performance.

      But the problem is... every single GM fanboy (save one) transforms into a troll at the mention of these 3 letters.

      Sure there were 1 or 2 GT-R trolls for a while. But just about EVERY Vetteguy hops on to make a warranty quip. Thats trolling. I can't like either GM or Porsche if it means being associated with pricks.

      It really goes to show how much impact the GT-R has had that whether its a Corvette thread, or a GT-R thread, the haters go on the offense, rumor-mongering, starting a flamewar hoping the GT-R fans will get defensive.

      If they weren't threatened, they'd be able to shut up about the GT-R.

      They should be threatened though. On a power/weight basis, this is the fastest chassis out there. The soft cushy version is nearly as fast as a ZR1. That means the stripped, boosted, hardened versions can only go faster.

      Enjoy being petty. All the smack talk can only end up going one way. Really wish it weren't so hard for people to just like more than one car/brand.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I highly recommend you stop trying to like the Vette. You're clearly kidding yourself when you think you can.

        There are ridiculous idiots on both sides, and if you only see them on one side, it's clear you already staked out a position and aren't going to switch to the other. There's no need to try to go to the other side with the idiots you can't find a way to tolerate when you already seem to have found a way to ignore and even play down the ones in the other group.

        You'll be much happier if you don't try to go against your own nature.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Seriously, are you not going to acknowledge what I wrote about the Corvette?

          How I used it as an example of how good a cheap supercar can be, and then have to defend it.

          You might condider evaluating what you think of my 'nature.'
        • 6 Years Ago
        A car that is called nicknamed "Godzilla" and people say you can't buy for sticker is getting undue hate? Apparently it isn't hurting it. The GT-R has to live in the real world. There are jerks all around, every crowd has them, including the GT-R. Why not cover AsianCarFan (or whatever that person's handle is)?

        Jerks try to ruin everything, including the GT-R. Including the Vette. You just have to ignore them. You've managed to somehow overlook the anti-Vette jerks, it's not a much further step to gloss over the anti-GT-R jerks. And it's well worth it, these people don't do anyone any good, including themselves.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great post. I pretty much quit commenting on GT-R posts because of the level of ignorance & trolling that abounds, and idiots labeling me a fanboy just because I've got a GT-R avatar... forget the fact that I own several cars: American, German & Japanese.
        The haters are just pissed of that the car is as good as it is. That's why they keep taking pot shots with this warranty nonsense. They'll always hate... the focus just shifts:
        At first it was that the performance numbers were faked, then they got confirmed. Then it was that it had R comp tires (some idiots still harp on that). Next the ring times weren't true, until the video came out. Then it was back to the tire debate because of Porsche's accusations. Then the tranny issue. Oh, and let's not forget the fact that at first the dual clutch was the Antichrist... until Porsche's PDK... now they're reveling in the fact that it's being outperformed by more expensive cars (ACR, ZR1)... did I forget any? lol
        Let the haters do what they do best. Forget about leading the dumb asses to the water: you'd have to drown these f*ckers to get them to take a sip. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yar,

        I agree with you in full, with one exception.

        You'd need to know WHAT was being said initially that I'm leaving out. Maybe it won't make that much sense to anyone else.

        When the GT-R was first benchmarked against the 911 Turbo I heard some pretty whacked out stuff on Carspace as to why not only was the GT-R inferior, but the people that liked it were too.

        "I drive a Porsche and I think I'm genetically superior".

        No joke. And that person didn't just represent a small minority. But if you haven't guessed, I don't mind a confrontation.

        Since then the domestic fanboys have joined in. Perhaps for different reasons, like the fact that the Japanese manufacturers are stealing US market share.

        But why hate on just the Japanese? VW is huge too. Why do they get the free pass?

        Can Ferrari build a supercar with DCG? Sure, we all love Ferrari! And nobody says a word about it.

        Can Lamborghini build a supercar with AWD? Sure, we all love Lamborghini! And nobody says a word about it.

        Can Ford build a supercar? Absolutely! We love Ford! It doesn't even have to be reliable. Nobody minds.

        Can Nissan build a supercar with DCG and AWD? A car thats arguably more reliable than a Ford GT, better DCG than a Ferrari and better AWD than a Lamborghini? NO! Its a Jap POS.

        What am I supposed to think here?

        I'm not accusing you, or LS7, or most people of any 'extra' bias. I know you're just Yar, and I know LS7 is trying to play fair. But the time for that has come and gone.

        Like I said, the stupidity has moved on from that topic onto new stupidity. Why can't the stupidity surrounding this car just stop?

        If the situation were reversed, my reaction would likely be the same. Most recently a Porsche fanboy told me that Corvette fanboys didn't know anything about cars.

        I can actually show you the link to where I corrected him if you like. I estimated that Z06 drivers knew more about the internal workings of a pushrod than most Porsche drivers know about boxers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS7,

        Sorry buddy, you've never been so wrong.

        You see, I used to own a C4 Vette and a WS6 Trans-Am. Up until about 2003 I was gung-ho LS1. I'm still waiting for an LS7 Pontiac ST manual.

        I first was curious about the GT-R. Then after learning a bit about it, started correcting untrue statements wherever I saw them.

        I did not start on one side, I choose to defend a car with a lot of undue hate coming towards it.

        Why? Because a very large portion of Vette fans on AB are dicks. I'd never really known that before, but I can say that having owned a Vette but never a GT-R. Page 1 of this thread is all the evidence you need.

        Go run through the GT-R posts of the last 6 months and then the Corvette posts. The difference is clear. Nobody trolls the Corvette posts just to say how much it sucks.

        You can pout about it if you want, but the GT-R haters get the yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. Flame on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you hate a car because of what a bunch of children on the internet say about, then you are just looking for an excuse to hate a car.

        No offense, but like a car for your own reasons, and no-one elses.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LS7,

        Would you please read this? At least from posts 12-31.

        Let me know when you're finished. I want to hear how I'm not playing fair to the Corvette.

        http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f185b32/30
        • 6 Years Ago
        BigMc, you know what I find? The majority of 'Vette fans posting here are exactly that: Fans. A good number of them are a bunch of ignorant bench racing tools. Most of the people I've met who actually own Corvettes are just car guys like me, & can appreciate a car for what it is.
        Therein lies the difference between a real car guy & a fanboy. Face it, if you go to car shows, swap meets, track days, even the drag strip you usually run into genuine car guys who generally smack talk, but let their machinery do the real talking. The guys to watch out for are the ones who roll up 5 deep in an econobox or the douchebags with more money than brains in their new toy with camcorder in tow, and then go uploading sh*t on YouTube & start flame wars later on. When's the last time you saw a real car guy rolling around with a video camera? Seriously...
        These are the kind of people who will brand all imports as crap just because they beat up on an all motor Civic with a Z06 (or were on the sidelines when it happened) or those who will brand domestics as crappy redneck-mobiles because a modded Supra, Evo or STi schooled a domestic. They're the ones trolling the blogs & websites talking out of their asses, blowing rumors & isolated incidents out of proportion & making the real car fans look bad.
        I've learned to ignore them for the most part, but every so often one of them sinks to a new level of ignorance & I feel compelled to say something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Underestimated horsepower........check. Test cars delivered with more boost than production models to deceive public.....check. GPS system that governs your speed....check. High-tech automatic transmission that burns itself up....check. Corrupt manufacturer that won't warranty your car if you don't drive it like your granny would...check.

      There ya have it folks....the Nissan GT-R.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but that is kinda true. The GT-R has had more problems than Michael Jackson in court.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Douchebag...CHECK
        • 6 Years Ago
        What a moron.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im really looking forward to this, i wonder how the increase in displacement will affect it's performance against current leading stalwarts like the ACR Viper and the ZR1, also i always thought the car could produce more downforce but they didn't go overboard with the aero cause of the (comparitively) less power under the hood, which would reduce the top speed by a lot.....

      Aw heck, no one's really interested in what i've got to say, so i'll just leave you to your massive, misinformed warranty issue fueled orgasms of hate.
      Flame on~
      =D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Should be a sweet car, very fast around the nurburgring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmmm, what is that much better looking car in the background of the side profile pic? Oh wait, that is an older Skyline. I HATE LIVING IN THE FUTURE! I wanna go back to 1997. Sure the new GT-R is fast, but... Celica headlights? Come on Nissan!

      (BTW, I really like the R33 Nismo GTR-LM Road Going Version, even if the name is ridiculously long).
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