• May 18, 2009
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Beginning June 1, NISMO will begin taking pre-orders on a new ECU and Transmission Control Module (TCM) for the standard GT-R and its SpecV sibling. According to Nissan's motorsports arm, the ECU increases maximum boost pressure by 0.1 bar (1.5 psi) to crank-up low-end torque and enhance throttle response. The TCM tweaks supposedly deliver quicker downshifts and the speed limiter on the street (i.e. when not running on a GPS-approved race track) has been raised to 320 km/h – or just one tick shy of 200 mph.

But as you'd expect, there's a hitch. Aside from the sizeable buy-in (294,000 yen, or just over $3,000 US), NISMO will only rent the duo of upgraded controllers for a 24-month term. After which, you either return the ECU and TCM units or shell out an additional $329 per year to keep them on board. Both modules are covered by NISMO's warranty and deliveries begin on June 24.



[Source: GTRBlog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the dumbest thing i've ever heard. Nissan is just trying to get as much money as they can out of people....which explains all the extreme overpriced parts and warranty issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. Talk about Software as a Service ... I'd be curious what the revenue stream for this software rental/subscription scam turns out to be. Millions of dollars? Tens of thousands of dollars? Less than $10,000?

      At $3000 a "seat" for buy in and $329 a year to renew the license, this makes Microsoft's Software Assurance look lame by comparison. And it may turn into an even harder sell. Does NISMO's pricing even include upgrades? What a racket ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      now that's just annoying and greedy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How so? If you want the company to cover the outrageous warranty costs associated with this product then you should pay for it. What is your alternative in this price category anyway? I don't care how many of these fly-by-night garages claim they will cover anything that goes wrong, I have seen too many of them flat out turn thier backs on thier customers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would simply rather be able to buy it, and actually own everything on the car. They should offer an option to buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you can afford the car, you can afford the toys that go with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd rather afford a toy than rent a toy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Alex
        I agree. Also, there's going to be a 100 posts in this thread about how stupid people think this is. Without even going into why I don't agree I'll just say this to avoid being hypocritical:

        If you don't own a GT-R, you have no right to complain. So what if they are renting the parts. They don't care if a bunch of bloggers will stop dreaming about the car, or hate the car even more that they don't have the means or intentions to buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My guess is that they're only renting it so they have complete control over use and distribution... ala GM's EV-1. Thats just a theory though, not sure why else they wouldn't just sell 'em.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another thing that will cause Nissan to deny your warranty claim when the transmission goes boom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Level,

        You are soooooo behind the times.

        Stock engine and tranny, this car is hitting 700+awhp.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Level: Hitting its potential makes it under-engineered? How about properly engineered. Maybe you don't realize that the term "over-engineered" is a bad thing. If you're building a performance vehicle, then every ounce of metal in that engine had better be necessary to hold the thing together at peak power (or whatever it's highest stress condition is). If there's margin left, then you're not making enough power or your engine is too heavy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the car reached it's limits of power it can handle which makes it an under engineered car. Most performance cars usually have a nice gap of which you can still add more HP with out hitting the limits of the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And actually its just the opposite of what Learn suggested.

        This is away for those that can afford the GT-R to modify it under warranty.


        They know people want to modify the car. They know they can't warranty modifications from tuners.

        Its not the power they fear. Its the tuners' skill they cannot verify, being a wholly different organization. You could blow up a 100hp turbo car if you run it too lean. Power is not the issue. They don't know who's punching numbers into the ECU on the dyno.

        So they are trying to buy off owners with quicker upshifts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      best idea going. initial price is high but i can dig it. something better will come out in 2 years anyways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let the reverse engineering begin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why should owners have to pay even more money to have the car perform the way it was supposed to in the first place? Nissan sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happens if the ECU unit gets "stolen" lol ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking.
        Just before the end of the 24 months there are going to be a lot of "stolen" units.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tourian

        In the US they will skip the ECU and just steal the whole damn car, GTS or otherwise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More important, what hapens if someone *clones* the tcm? Hmm...

        Btw, "GPS-approved race track": Big Brother, anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      RENTING out car parts? now that's just ridiculous... and annoying. They can kiss my harily yellow a$$!
      • 5 Years Ago
      that was a response to Aaron's comment
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's ridiculous, seems like they're getting greedy. Just let people buy the ECU. In general I don't understand why they seem to go out of their way and stifle the aftermarket for this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The aftermarket has nothing to worry about, its NISMO that's in danger of getting stifled, IMO.

        There are about 10 options for any part NISMO offers on the aftermarket.


        NISMO tries to add the exclusivity to the everyday supercar. As Japan's only supercar, it has to be both the Audi and the Lambo at the same time.

        How can you try to make at a Japanese supercar that is also a semi-exotic? NISMO GT-R. That's about it.

        Perhaps its futile here, but that's why its only in Japan.

        In the US, Cobb, HKS, etc will rule the ECU tuning. NISMO doesn't stand a chance here.


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