Ohio-based aftermarket tuner Switzer Performance loves beastly engines and it mostly works its magic on the Porsches. This time around, Switzer thought about taking a gamble with the Nissan GT-R after a GT-R owner demanded Switzer to increase his commuters’ power-to-weight ratio. Switzer obliged by heavily cutting down on the weight and increasing the power. The specific P800 package used for the Nissan GT-R included new intercoolers, air intakes, turbochargers and exhaust along with a new spoiler and sports seats. The package worked its magic to reduce the overall car weight by 200 pounds while increasing the pony count by 300 to reach 800hp.
Nissan has gone ahead and released the first teaser image of the Redesigned Nissan Quest which is slated to hit the US market early next year. The Japanese will be more familiar with the Quest as it is based on the El Grand van. Nissan describes Quest as the perfect vehicle for buyers needing the size, safety, functionality and comfort that a minivan has to offer, without sacrificing style or driving pleasure.
The new Nissan Quest will be powered by a 3.7-liter VQ V6 engine capable of rendering up to 300hp and while the FWD will be standard, there might be an AWD variant that will be optional.
After Japan and the US, it will be the UK which will see a full-scale production of the Nissan LEAF EV in the company’s Sunderland plant. While the Japanese production commences this year, US will see the LEAF being produced in 2012 and the UK plant will follow a year later.
Nissan also intends to build an advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Sunderland and the construction should begin next month. While the automobile facility will render 50,000 LEAF units annually, the battery plant will have a capacity of 60,000 batteries per year .Collectively, the investment for both these projects will be somewhere close to an astounding £420 million. Nissan LEAF is touted as the first mass-produced and affordable family EV in the world and it will throng many streets across the world in a couple of years from now.
The Americans get their first shot at buying the 2011 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition later this month with a price tag of $38,860. The Fairlady Z was expected to cost much more in the US when the commuter was first unveiled but Nissan has managed to keep the pricing affordable. What is more is that the Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition will be a limited edition model in the US will only 1,000 units available for purchase. Peculiar 40th Anniversary signatures on the exterior include, badges, high-luster smoke wheel finish and red brake calipers. On the inside the car features 40th Anniversary debossed seatback and floormat embroidery, red stitching on the centre stack and a commemorative premium satin car cover making the edition exclusive.
The new Nissan Qashqai is expected to get a facelift next year in spring 2009, or at least that’s what Nissan UK has announced. Other than bringing a revised exterior that includes a new front bumper, a revised front grille, an all-new bonnet, and upgraded headlights, the 2010 Nissan Qashqai is also getting two new colors, Magnetic Red and Mineral Grey. And did you see those stylish 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels or the white LCD dashboard on the inside? Price wise, the standard 1.6-litre Visia 2WD manual costs £15,395, the Tekna 2.0 dCi AWD automatic goes for £25,745 while the Qashqai+2 Tekna 2.0 dCi AWD auto will make you spend £26,845.
I’ve never driven a Nissan GTR, but I’ve heard that it is so good and that the driver is probably the worst link in the car. Some say it’s so good that you have to try really hard to lose control.
We can only assume that the driver of this unfortunate GTR tried really, really hard to lose control because as you can see it looks like he succeeded. Apparently he drove into the back of another car.
Glad this didn’t happen to me.
Nissan North America has added the Rogue edition to its Krom Speciality vehicles line-up as a 2010 model that will go on sale as early as December 2009. The 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom Edition has been added to give the compact sport utility vehicle a more aggressive sport styling using exclusive 17-inch wheels and a sport-tuned exhaust.
Available with an FWD transmission as well as AWD configurations. As far as the colour choices go, buyers will be able to choose between Venom Red, Wicked Black and Gotham Gray. When it comes to designing, the Rogue Krom is not short of sportiness courtesy of an unique grille embedded in the front fascia along with fog lights. The sporty themes runs on the back with a center-exit exhaust, a body coloured rear spoiler and a rear privacy glass. Completing the Krom theme is a Krom emblem and steering mounted audio controls on the inside. The pricing on the limited edition Rogue Krom has not been unveiled as yet.
The Nissan GTR (Skyline) Supercar has been staged at the Tokyo Motor Show with some admirable tweaks going into next year as the 2010 model which will be available as early as January. Although a new model altogether wasn’t expected, the updates for the entire GT-R lineage are timely. For starters, the updated GT-R comes with a new CARWINGS HDD-based navigation system and it gets the rear diffuser from the GT-R SpecV. The 2010 Nissan GT-R comes with stiffened rear suspension radius rod bushings, front shock absorbers and springs which together help in recalibrating the suspension. In Japan the updated GT-R will cost 8,610,000 yen while the range topping Spec V will be sold for 15,750,000 yen.