Leveraging the world’s fastest man, Usian Bolt as pitchman of their premiere sports car model is a smart move by Nissan as this 600 HP monster is one of the fastest production vehicles ever made. With an incredible 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of in the two seconds range it’s faster than pretty much anything on the road including a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Ferrari 458 Speciale. This thing is not for the faint of heart that’s for sure.
Nissan GT-R Nismo 2015
It’s other major claim is equally amazing as it recently achieved the fastest lap time of any production car on Germany’s Nordschleife track as it broke the 7 minute and 10 second record. Check out the video as proof that Nissan means business with its Nismo series.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo will land in Canada and US middle to late next year and although North American pricing won’t be released until much closer to its availability here the Japanese car starts at 15,015,000 yen, which works out to around $150,000 USD depending on exchange rates. Yes, we know that is a lot of money for a car but seriously, as one of the fastest cars ever mass produced we think the Nissan GT-R Nismo is actually a bargain compared to its competition.
What do you say when the 12 best performance cars in the world are tested at an airstrip by the folks at Motor Trend in their third iteration of the Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car competition? If you love cars as much as we do, you probably have seen it already and are still giddy from its awesomeness! Well, hold on because it gets better as Motor Trend has outdone themselves as they have posted an unplugged version of the epic drag race. Yes that’s right, same race, same cars just with no music and narration. Wow!!!
The full video includes the roundtable of all the Motor Trend gang discussing their opinions about the various cars. To check the out drag race go to 19:35 in the video.
Here’s the full list of cars in the video. Quite the showcase that’s for sure. The only key one missing is the 2014 Corvette Stingray…..
Until 2004 in Japan, all domestic autos were required to have less than 280 HP. This legislation was set up by the Japan Automotive Manufactures Association as an environmental and safety measure. However, the reality was there were some ways around this restrictive policy. In fact, the main way was the Japanese aftermarket tuner scene since enthusiasts would often purchase a domestic model and then have it modified at a local speed shop right at purchase time if they wanted more horsepower. One of the models which was commonly used was Nissan’s Skyline model, now considered one of the best Japanese sport coupes ever built. It’s legacy and technology can be seen in today’s supercar the Nissan GT-R.
2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R
In addition, imported cars were not subject to the legislation so many enthusiasts purchased European or North American cars as an open loophole. The interesting thing that resulted from the legislation was Japan became a car focused culture where horsepower was truly appreciated.
Many of these imported foreign models were purchased by the tattooed class of Yakuza gangsters or Japanese mafia who could be seen driving around Japan’s cities in their Italian suits and imported cars like this one below.
Typical modified imported Yakuza style car
As Japan is considered the birthplace of the auto racing sport “drifting” it is a good time as any to profile a story we wrote last year on the history of drifting. Many of the famous drifting cars are now iconic Japanese models which are sought after by enthusiasts all over the world.
Today in North America, you can easily purchase an older right hand drive model from Japan as a result of all the drifting hype of the last 15 years.