With everything going on in January (Detroit Auto Show and CES, just to name two), it's easy to overlook one of the largest tuning expos in the world: The Tokyo Auto Salon. As it's done in previous years, Nissan will have have a large presence at Japan's aftermarket extravaganza, bringing nine vehicles in various states of tune, along with a new variant of the venerable GT-R.
Nissan hasn't divulged exactly what's included in the updated NISMO Club Sports Package for the GT-R, only saying that it boasts "a high level of sports performance." It's safe to assume that a tweaked ECU, reworked suspension, new aerodynamic components and a set of wheels are part of the package, but the most compelling part is a new data logging system. Developed by Nissan's in-house tuning arm, the NISMO Data Logger Kit allows drivers to download performance data from the GT-R to their computers via a USB cable. Nissan hasn't released pricing or availability yet, but this strikes us as something that could make it to the States in due time.
Joining the tweaked GT-R, Nissan will show off the Roox Highway Urban Selection concept, a sport-pack equipped Skyline coupe and sedan, a few Autech-tweaked models and the NISMO 370Z (known in Japan as the Fairlady Z). You can get a sneak peak at Nissan's booth, along with some of the models it plans to display, at Nissan's Tokyo Auto Salon minisite, and make the jump for all the official details.
Nissan to showcase 9 exciting models at Tokyo Auto Salon
YOKOHAMA (January 6, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., together with AUTECH Japan and Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd. will present 9 exciting models equipped with the latest custom and after-market parts in the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association), to be held from January 15-17, 2010 at Makuhari Messe.
Tokyo Auto Salon
Nissan will showcase its transporter and hospitality cars used during it's participation in the domestic racing series, recreating the exciting atmosphere of the race circuit. Included in this display is Nissan's range of standard road cars stylized with the latest genuine aero body-kits that compliments the vehicles pure form. Autech will show its expertise in custom cars with its fun and relaxing Rider Series while NISMO will be presenting its NISMO Club Sports Package Custom, the 2010 Nissan GT-R equipped with the newly-developed "NISMO Data Logger Kit" and the XANAVI NISMO GT-R racecar that competed in the 2008 SUPER GT series.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
Roox Highway Star Urban Selection
A distinctive, stylishly finished premium model based on the Roox, a light vehicle launched for sale in December, equipped with third-party custom parts such as an advanced HDD navigation system, lighting components with custom exterior, and stylized cabin interior.
Skyline Sporty Package-equipped car
This minor modification to the Skyline Sedan announced on January 6 raises the vehicle to a whole new level as a sports car. The model's package includes a sporty aero body-kit, a sports muffler, and high-performance suspension.
Skyline Coupe Sporty Package-equipped car
Exhibited during the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon as a concept, this custom car has an aggressively designed aero-body kit that give out a sporty feel. It is now available to the public.
Autech Japan area
Autech Japan takes its Rider Series of custom cars, known for its punchy aeroform coating and emblematic front grill design, to a new level and incorporates the latest HDD navigation system into it.
- 'Serena Rider Plus Navi HDD'
- 'Cube Rider Plus Navi HDD'
- 'Note Rider Plus Navi HDD'
Nissan GT-R 2010 Model: Featuring the NISMO Club Sports Package
The "NISMO Club Sports Package" is the fusion of Nissan GT-R and NISMO technologies -- a package boasting a high level of sports performance. The Nissan GT-R 2010 model also includes the newly developed "NISMO Data Logger Kit", which makes it possible for the driver to download their driving data via USB and view it on a computer. With this data logger kit, NISMO provides a new driving pleasure in which the driver has a full complement of options to analyze driving data acquired at the driving circuit.
XANAVI NISMO GT-R (2008 SUPER GT GT500 class: Drivers' Championship winning car)
Presenting the car that Satoshi Motoyama / Benoît Treluyer used to win three races (including two victories in a row) in the 2008 SUPER GT. This racing car took home the series' championship in its debut year.
FAIRLADY Z Version NISMO
Continuing in the spirit of the previous Z33 model Fairlady Z, this model builds onto the Fairlady Z's high level of driving performance with added fun and sporty functionality.
NISMO will also have the "Kids & Ladies Ride Event", where participants can experience what it's like to be inside a racing car, and the "Pitwork Simulation", where NISMO mechanics will be performing real tyre changes and other techniques.
NISSAN/NISMO collection booth
Nissan official merchandise, under the Fairlady Z, Nissan GT-R and NISMO motorsport range are available. Limited editions (996 pcs.) of the 1/64 scale model of the "XANAVI NISMO GT-R (#23, the 2008 SUPER GT Championship-winning machine) will also be on sale at this year's event.
NISSAN Customize Website URL http://www.nissan.co.jp/EVENT/CUSTOMIZE/