• Jan 21, 2009
Even though its MSRP is well shy of $100,000, the GT-R is still Nissan's most special model, and as such, it carries an air of exclusivity. Because of what the car is, and what it can do, Nissan has been exceptionally iron-fisted on some issues, and now the grip is tightening further.

Citing the fact that the GT-R uses bits and pieces that are "highly engineered, using technologies unique to Nissan," it is now impossible to order, say, a GT-R engine unless you're a dealer doing work on an actual GT-R. All of your dreams crate motor swaps? Gone. And it's not just engines – the transmission, electrical system, fuel system, and chassis parts are also restricted to a GT-R -specific ordering process that reads like a ransom demand. It's not such a big deal for most owners, we'd guess, as they're going to to back for dealer service anyway. Tinkerers and tuners are the ones that will be mainly affected, and we're betting that ingenuity (or a few wrecked examples) will win the day with a workaround. Of course, it's easy enough to not blow up the engine, but about that tranny...

[Source: NAGTROC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      All Nissan is trying to do is keep their dealers fat and happy nothing more. The "highly engineered" line is just for the fanboys to repeat again anf again on message forums.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There goes the entire opening sequence / plot to F-n-F 5, then...
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMO, I'd rather see an RB26DETT Crate motor inside an R35 GT-R's engine bay. Now THAT would be fun!

      ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was so hoping you'd say something along the line of "if I don't see the RB26 inside a R35 GTR, you might as well put a gun to my head." So I can get my pistol ready to go. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aftermarket TT'd 350Z/6MT with upgraded clutch and Nismo > stock GT-R with launch control. You can keep that stank ass engine, tyvm.
      • 5 Years Ago

      What about putting some other engine like the GM V8 or the V10 HEMI into a 350Z?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the sound of that.


        Would the V10 fit though?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...thats retarded.

      Apparently Nissan doesn't believe in recovering sunk costs in things like engine development. An LS7 crate is what $15k for a $50k car? sure as hell don't cost them $15k a pop to produce.

      And what of their secret technology would you glean for individual components that you couldn't from a full car that is to my knowledge publicly sold, not to mention you would give Nissan more money buying all the parts separately than just buying the whole car.

      Someone definitely went to the apple school of business to come up with this plan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't help but to think that Nissan is doing themselves a disservice by not selling crate motors of the VQ38.

      The aftermarket tuners are important in finding the limits of whatever engines they can get their hands on to be tuned, and also improve upon them. A good example of that is the RB26.

      By not selling crate VQ38 engines, Nissan is essentially restricting the development of that engine with outside help, and it is shooting its own foot by doing so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just to correct myself, it's VR38, not VQ.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I too am on the who cares train. What makes this engine so special? A 500 HP engine is very easy to build.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone really surprised that Nissan would not sell components to a car so as to not expose how much of a loss leader the GT-R really is? Nissan created GT-R as a halo car and is not making nearly the same money on it as other sports/luxury cars do. People have been clamoring about GT-R's value for the money without realizing that it comes at the expense of profit margin. Selling GT-R's components at reasonable margins would shine more light on costs than Nissan is wheeling to deal with.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The price covers the materials and assembly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, and money is made on just covering the cost of materials and assembly. That's how Porsche makes profit, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do care when you are losing money on a halo car. And it's absurd to say that they are not losing money just because the price of the car covers the cost of materials. As if the 2 tons of metal and plastic comes preassembled.
      • 6 Years Ago
      they are prob trying to keep the secret of the engine being not so special from leaking out. The more they keep this car a secret of what it is made out of the more the "myth" of this car can live on...People would be pretty disappointed if they found out after taking one of these engines apart and figured out that it is no more special then a regular VQ35 orVQ37
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its in the myth man the myth lol

        • 5 Years Ago
        That makes no sense because every tuner shop went out and bought a whole GT-R and many of them have probably pulled the engine apart by now. The "secret" is out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Screw them!

      There are better engines for swapping.
      • 6 Years Ago
      darn, no vr38 g37s
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