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New 2017 Nissan GT-R Spy Shots Capture Vehicle While Testing

Looking forward to the upcoming 2017 Nissan GT-R? Based on the GT-R’s legendary history, we sure are! And luckily for us, the new Nissan GT-R was recently caught in testing in California, offering a sneak peek of the vehicle.

Of course, the test model is covered in a camouflage tarp, but the major changes to its cosmetic shape are easy to spot. The model appears to include a new front fascia with a bolder air intake under the grille, as well as new taillights.

The images unfortunately do not reveal the inner workings of the model – of course – which have yet to be announced. Many are suggesting that the vehicle will run on at least a 3.8-liter V6 engine and get at least 545 horsepower.

Hopefully, Nissan will release more official data on the new Nissan GT-R and more pictures, but until then, we’ll have to be content with these 2017 Nissan GT-R spy shots.

And if you’re interested in checking out a Nissan model already available and on the lot, don’t hesitate to visit us anytime at Cronic Nissan.

Why Is the Nissan GT-R Nismo Front-Wheel Drive?

Nismo Front-Wheel Drive

Nismo is Nissan’s well-known performance division that’s pumped out more horsepower and torque than we care to add up. Today every race car is driven by history to roll with a rear-wheel drive or have the engine in the middle, if not both. Nismo is defying both preferences, instead choosing to field a front-wheel drive, front engine GT-R Nismo at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Race cars roll with mid-engine, rear-wheel drive designs to improve traction and packaging. The experts and engineers at Nismo are making the case that a front engine, front-wheel drive race car has more of an advantage.

With a long front end, a front engine powering the front wheels creates more surface area for downforce. More downforce results in faster corners. With the streamlined design, the GTR-LM Nismo is quick in a straight line as well.

Nismo has had success with the front-wheel drive, front engine design in the past. From 1998 to 2000, the Nissan Primera left the competition in its searing tracks. The same engineers who built that car also worked on the GT-R.

With the front wheel and front engine, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo rocks away with 450 hp. With Nissan and Nismo’s past success with the front design, all bets are off on what race car will take home a gigantic win.

We at Cronic Nissan aren’t about to criticize the experts over at Nismo and we’re rooting for the #23 GT-R LM Nismo front-wheel drive race car at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans!

Next-Generation Nissan GT-R Will Be a Front-Engined Hybrid

We’re slowly learning bits and pieces about the next-generation Nissan GT-R supercar. We’ve already heard that it will sport a hybrid powertrain, and that news was confirmed again by Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s Development Chief. He told Top Gear magazine that the new GT-R will indeed be a hybrid—and that it “will also be a front-engined 2+2 seater coupe.”

There have been many unofficial renders of the GT-R online recently, but Nakamura says that none of them is a good approximation of the real thing. However, he did admit that the new design will incorporate elements and influences from the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept.

The new Nissan GT-R will not hit the market until 2018, giving us plenty of time to fawn over it until then. However, we’re already excited about it—from its front engine to its hybrid powertrain to its incredible new design, it’s going to be the best GT-R yet. Come see us at Cronic Nissan to learn more.

New and Improved, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo Returns

2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo

Godzilla is back and ready for more.

We mentioned a while back that the Nissan GT-R was making a big name for itself in the world of drag racing and now, Nissan is back with a new edition of this zippy, little kaiju.

Meet the 2015 GT-R Nismo, Nissan’s newest effort to continue improving upon the already impressive GT-R. This new GT-R is keeping the same engine, but the specs on the engine have been ramped up to get it to produce 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque.

These cars are each hand-assembled and tagged with the name of their engineer, which reads almost like a “MOM” tattoo. Care is put into every single GT-R, with Nissan providing maintained quality and a personal touch to each of its units.

How’s its new acceleration? Well, it can pass its 0-60 mph test in 2.9 seconds, which is nothing to sneeze at – and neither is the 22 second finish time for a single lap of a track.

But will the new 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo maintain the pride of its predecessors? Cronic Nissan will let you know once it officially hits the track!

Nissan at Geneva Motor Show 2014

Nissan GT-R

Next week marks the beginning of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show across the pond in Geneva, Switzerland. This year will be the 84th for the motor show. So what can we expect to see from Nissan in Geneva? Quite a bit.

 

The X-Trail

The all-new X-Trail, while not offered here in the States, is an extraordinary crossover with advanced 4×4 capabilities. This year, the X-Trail brings with it the Nissan Safety Shield, bi-LED headlamps, and NissanConnect navigation and infotainment system, in its third generation. Also notable for the X-Trail model is the “theater-style” seating layout.

 

The BladeGlider Concept

The BladeGlider will also be making its European debut at Geneva. We first saw the BladeGlider last year and immediately fell in love with its design. In fact, its front-track design was meant to mirror stealth planes in its aerodynamics and sleekness.

 

The Qashqai

Nissan’s press release claims that the Qashqai will be responsible for “ushering in a new era in crossover design,” and we have to agree. The Qashqai, while hard to pronounce, is innovative as it brings a number of sector-first technologies to the table. These include the NissanConnect system with full smartphone integration and the Nissan Safety Shield.

 

The e-NV200

The zero-emissions e-NV200 will also make its production premiere in Geneva, combining elements from the NV200 and the Nissan LEAF. According to Nissan, the e-NV200 is “ready to change the face of the city.”

 

The GT-R NISMO

Geneva marks the European debut of the production version of the GT-R NISMO. This baby is the fastest and most advanced Nissan performance model ever produced. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the GT-R NISMO most definitely “embodies the spirit of the NISMO brand.”

Can’t make it to Geneva? Stop by Cronic Nissan for your own auto show. We may not have the Qashqai (or even be able to pronounce it), but we do have plenty of great models to show you!

GT-R NISMO

Nissan GT-R NISMO Roars into Tokyo

GT-R NISMO

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show kicked off Friday—and Nissan is dominating the early news with the release of the stunning 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO as well as the 2015 standard GT-R. The standard GT-R received a refresh just last year, and thus the changes for the 2015 model are rather small, but the NISMO simply screams onto the scene, easily making up for the standard model’s lack of excitement for the year.

Running under the tagline “Zero Competition,” there’s just no ignoring Nissan’s testosterone-fueled ultra sports car. The NISMO whizzed its way around Nurburgring in 7:08.679, prompting Nissan to actually bring the very car that circled the ‘Ring to Tokyo to show off. “Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the GT-R NISMO,” as a Nissan press release stated.

The NISMO thrusts out 591 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, which are both substantial upgrades from the already impressive base model—545 horsepower and 463 lb.-ft. of torque. Official pricing is not announced yet, but it’s expected that you’ll be able to buy this “ultimate iteration” of Nissan’s super sports car for under $200,000.

The NISMO is set to go on sale first in Japan in February 2014 before hitting US and European markets later in the year. For more information about the NISMO or any of the other breathtaking vehicles in the Nissan lineup, come see us at Cronic Nissan today!