Initially introduced at the Tokyo Motor show, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo, was re-launched to the North American public at this week’s LA Auto Show.
Usain Bolt with GT-R Nismo
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.
The Holy Grail of all racetracks is Germany’s Nürburgring so it is no surprise driving a lap at its Nordschleife “Northern Loop” is always top of the list for the auto enthusiasts’ bucket list. In spite of its popularity though, this is no ordinary track as it is infamously ranked as the most demanding road course in the world. So it makes sense, if you do get the chance to drive the track someday you will want to see how the professionals do it first.
Well, here’s a definite starting point as veteran track driver, Timo Kluck brings the 154 corners of the Nordschleife to life behind the wheel of his incredible Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Created as a promotional piece for Dunlop’s new Sport Maxx tires, the video is an amazing real life tire test on the world’s ultimate racetrack.
See it for yourself here.
The days of Chevrolet Corvettes being the vehicle your grandfather would drive to a cruise night are long gone with the rise in power and speed of the new models. According to the GM website, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful car GM has ever produced. It was also the overall winner of the 2010 Car and Driver Lightning Lap competition, which pitted the ZR1 against the fastest cars in the world.
Specs are as follows:
- Handcrafted LS9 supercharged V8
- 638 horsepower
- 604 lb.-ft. of torque
- Test track top speed of 205 mph
- 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
- 103-foot stopping distance at 60 mph
With more horsepower than an Enzo Ferrari and about 1/5 of the price it really is the ultimate bang for your buck sports car. See it in action as it hits the Nürburgring.
Built and assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with the engine being created at GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, the ZR1 really is America’s most powerful sports car.
I personally love this ad – bring on the Americana!!