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Top Secret Rocked the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Just when you thought “Top Secret’” was a term only used by super agents and comic book heroes, let’s look back to the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon had a booth that had a Top Secret Nissan Skyline GT-R on display in all its glory. This Bayside Blue and brilliant car was resting in the showroom of the International Convention Complex Makuhari Messe where everything comes alive! At first glance, the body of the car is what grabs a car lover’s attention, but when looking deeper into the details, you realize there is more to this beast than meets the eye.

The owner, Kenneth Blanck, has had this work of art since March of 2011 when he purchased it from Global Auto who is a renowned dealer in these custom vehicles. Back then, the GT-R was only a dream to Blanck, who had coveted it he was a drag racing teenager. It was fast on its wheels, and Kenneth saw it as the perfect car to take on as a project. He was determined to make this his baby and as soon as he was financially able to, he invested in this Top Secret Nissan Skyline GT-R. “I loved the R34 shape as it was featured in the Fast and Furious movie series.”

Top Secret R34 Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Kenneth did this model justice by transforming it into one of the freshest and most refined R34 Skylines ever seen before, while avoiding flashy car bling and drag racing stripes. Besides the aesthetics on this Top Secret GT-R, the most notable component is the impressive uprated turbo engine. Blanck’s R34 Skyline is the very first to run a Borg Warner EFR-9180 turbo engine in Japan. His model also had customized dual wastegate dump pipes added to the side skirt on the passenger side in addition to titanium 80mm exhaust on the same side. Just the sound is enough for a car fanatic!

The car in its entirety is quite the showstopper, as was evident to all who passed by its booth at the Tokyo Auto Salon. But it’s not just a looker. Kenneth also mentioned that he has pushed the car on the Fuji Speedway and has seen 217mph on the race track.

I wonder what will be enticing visitors to the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon? More power. More bling. More incredible machines.


Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Pics and Next-Gen R36 News

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 8th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 1

We already knew that Nissan’s been selling a limited edition of their 2016 Nissan GTR to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Today, we get a whole bunch of awesome on-road pictures of the 45th Anniversary Edition model. Automotive eye-candy, here we come!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 3

The limited run Anniversary Edition GT-R will be built on the Premium (base) trim of Nissan’s supercar.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 4

Only 45 units of the gold GT-R will be built – one for each year of the car’s existence. You can have one for yourself for a meager $102,770, which is just $1,000 more than the Premium model!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 6

As we’ve said before, there’s nothing different about the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition other than the fact that it’s gold (technically it’s the same “Silica Brass” that was used on the 2001 Skyline R34 Type GT-R). It runs on the same 3.8L twin-turbo V6 that’s in the regular GT-R, which isn’t to say it’s an unimpressive engine… It outputs 542 horsies and 463 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition  interior

Inside, the golden theme continues with a special gold VIN plaque to serve as a constant reminder of the car’s limited production.

Next-Gen GT-R to Get LMP1 Engine

The other piece of GT-R-related news we have for you is about to the engine that may be used in the next-generation Nissan GT-R, which will be the R36. According to an interview between Ben Bowlby, who serves as the technical director for GT-R LM Nismo, and Top Gear, the 3.0L V6 engine currently being used in the GT-R LMP1 racer could be an early iteration of a road-going variant.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 2

“The 3.0L V6 is sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R,” Bowlby informed. “It’s a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road.”

He went on to explain that many high-performance racing engines are too short-lived to apply to commercial vehicles; they rev high and burn out too quickly. However, the engine in the current GT-R racer revs at the same 6,500 rpm that you’d expect on an off-track car.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 5

Either way, we’ve still got a few more years until the R36 GT-R makes its debut. Most recent rumors place it at the end of 2018 as a 2019MY, but it’s too early to lock in a firm schedule.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium

2012 Nissan GT-R

Need something to compare the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition to? Or maybe you just need a reminder that really cool cars like the Nissan GT-R can easily be found in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database…

2012 Nissan GT-R rear

Either way, this 2012 GT-R is one of about twenty GT-R / Skyline models currently up for auction in Japan. You can see that it’s in superb condition with barely a single scratch on its gunmetal-colored exterior.

2012 Nissan GT-R interior

It’s got an A-rated interior and an overall auction rating of 5, so this is definitely one worth bookmarking. If you want to know more, you can get a detailed specs translation below the auction sheet.

2012 Nissan GT-R auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered February 2012, DBA emissions code, Premium Edition, 4WD, AT, AAC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, digital TV, original 20 inch alloy wheels, LED hyper day lights, Bose sound system, one owner, first time in auction, original indoor cover, original Brembo calipers, half-leather seats, GT-R jack, seat heater, rear view reversing camera, intelligent key, lock nut, wheels scratched, ceiling lining has minor grime, minor scratches and minor dents front windscreen stone scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”


Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Comes for 2016

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R Gold Edition

Nissan has managed to update their GT-R supercar every year since its debut in 2007. This week they’ve unveiled specs for their updated 2016 model year, and with it a new limited edition variant. It’s the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition, and it’s a commemoration of the GT-R’s 45th anniversary.

Just to set the records straight, the R35 GT-R (the model we’ve loved since 2007) was the first GT-R under Nissan’s primary marque. However, it succeeded the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R, aka. the Skyline GT-R, which was the car that originally earned the “Godzilla” nickname. In fact, first references to the GT-R as “Godzilla” can be traced all the way back to 1989 when it was in its R32 form. The original PGC10 Skyline GT-R was produced from 1969 to 1973 as a way to showcase Nissan’s racing prowess.

We mention this tidbit of history because the “Silica Brass” paint job that Nissan has used for the limited edition exterior is the exact same hue they used back in 2001 for the first R34 Skyline GT-R model.

So, how do you get one of these golden supercars for yourself?

2016 Nissan GT-R

Starting price for the standard Nissan GT-R Base Premium is the same as last year at $101,770. The Black Edition and NISMO models also stay the same at $111,510 and $149,990 respectively. If you’d like one of the Gold edition models, you’ll have to order a Base Premium trim and pay an extra $1,000 for the gold paintjob and a 45th anniversary plaque on the center console.

2016 Nissan GT-R Gold Edition plaque

Just $1,000 extra for a limited edition model sounds like a good deal to us, and it is, so you should contact your dealer ASAP since Nissan’s only planning to sell 30 Gold Edition models in the US.

Other than the Gold Edition, both the Premium and Black Edition models will get a slight 5 hp power increase for 2016, up to 542 hp (550PS) thanks to a few engine tweaks. However, pumping more power through the GT-R’s twin-turbocharged engine hasn’t made the car any more efficient, so fuel economy is still rated at 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway.

2016 Nissan GT-R sports car

Finally, Nissan’s also added some slick-looking Rays 20-spoke forged aluminum alloys to the Premium trim (which also get carried over to the Gold Edition).

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The folks over at Car Throttle just published a really cool side-by-side comparison between the old R34 GT-R and the current R35.

Naturally, the R35 won out in every single area; the only close comparison was in braking ability, which is due to the exceptionally large brakes of the R34 and the increased weight of the R35.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R rear

Still, R34 GT-Rs like the one up for auction here are an awesome collector’s car. This is a car with soul, and it’s the car most people think of when they hear “Godzilla”. They’re hard to find, the look is iconic, the performance is nostalgic and fun, and you’ll be impressed by just how fast you can go with the manufacturer-stated 280 hp. Despite being nearly a decade and a half old, it can still blast from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R interior

For more information, checkout the auction sheet translation below:

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered July 2002, GT-R model, 6-speed manual, AC, Endless brake calipers, HKS turbine and intercooler and computer and adjustable suspension and muffler and injectors and EVC, Trust radiator, ATS clutch (carbon fiber), LSD, Kin Pro 600 HP specification, lots of modifications, odometer replaced with Nismo item on October 2 2011, there is a sticker showing the odometer replacement record, the odometer was replaced at 24147KM and the current odometer reads 1342KM, lots of matt carbon fiber parts, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, end panel distortion, rear bumper reinforcement replaced, light scratches and waves, marks as per map”


3 Cars You Can’t Miss From the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 17th, 2015

While the Detroit Motor Show rages on in the US (we’ll be back next week with more coverage), the Tokyo Auto Salon is quickly drawing to a close, and we haven’t yet had an opportunity to share our favorite finds from the show. Yesterday we showcased some really neat aftermarket concepts from Subaru, but there’s oh so much more to see.

As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at three of our favorite Japanese cars from this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

This Vezel-based concept is a semi-quirky racer customized by M-TEC (aka. Mugen) in celebration of their performance in the SUPER GT 300 class in the last Super Formula series. It’s a conventional JDM Vezel fit with Mugen parts, including an off-the-wall bodykit, upgraded brakes and suspension, sleek 20-inch alloys and a sporty interior.

Toyota Mark X GRMN

Toyota Mark X GRMN Concept

What we have here is a conventional Toyota Mark X that’s been modified by Toyota-affiliated racing firm GAZOO Racing, known by the acronym GRMN. The firm made a number of aesthetic improvements, including a subtle body kit with a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloys, a revised interior with sport seats and steering wheel, plus plenty of carbon fiber trim. But the truly noteworthy improvement here is the new powertrain, which GRMN borrowed from the current Lexus IS 350. So, you get a 3.5L V6 paired with a 6-speed manual, which delivers a full 316hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Only 100 units of the Toyota Mark X GRMN will be sold, and they’ll start at about $45,000.

Toyota GT86 GRMN Concept

Toyota brought a total of 34 concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon from a number of different tuning firms. Our other favorite would have to be the GRMN GT86 Concept, seen above.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package

Much like Toyota, Nissan brought multiple NISMO-tuned models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but none more eye-catching than the Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package. This is the exact same car that achieved a record lap time for volume production cars of 7 minutes and 8.679 seconds on the Nürburgring last year.

NISMO showcased two versions of the GT-R kit; the N Attack Package A – an identical model to the Nurburgring record-setter – and the N Attack Package B – which is toned down a bit for daily driving.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2015 Honda Vezel

2015 Honda Vezel

Since we’ve already showcased multiple Nissan GT-R and Toyota GT86 Japanese car auction finds (even a Toyota Mark X), we thought today would be a good time to showcase the new Honda Vezel crossover. What you see here is a brand-new 2015MY with near zero miles on the odometer.

2015 Honda Vezel interior

The Vezel has been a huge hit in Japan, and for good reason. It’s a reliable Honda with above-average styling for the stereotypically plain-looking automaker. The Vezel is well-primed to take the place of the CR-V as Honda drivers’ go-to crossover, and you’ll find several models in various colors up for auction in Japan. When  you log into our Integrity Exports database, all you have to do is select Honda as the manufacturer and Vezel as the model, and within seconds you’ll have a list of over 20 models (at time of writing) to choose from.

For more information about this particular model, keep reading below the auction sheet for a translation of this car’s specs.

2015 Honda Vezel auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered January 2015, Hybrid Z Navi S Package, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbags, cruise control, smart key, rear view reversing camera, AT, AC, service book, spare key, hole where stereo has been removed, marks as per map”


Nissan’s 2014 NISMO Festival was a Blazing Success!

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Earlier this month, Nissan wrapped up their 2014 NISMO Festival, and this year’s annual event was a big one. As the 30th anniversary of Nissan’s motorsports tuning arm, the Japanese automaker spared no expense in celebrating all of the very, very fast vehicles that their firm has made.

This year’s NISMO event was held at the renowned Fuji Speedway. We’d already mentioned one piece of news that came from this event, which was that of the possible new engine options in the next-gen 370Z. But, this was such a big year for Nissan – what with their GT500 GT-R taking the Super GT Championship, and the Japanese premiere of the new production-ready Nissan GT-R – that no non-Japanese reader should be deprived of the excitement.

The fanfare kicked off with the 2014 NISMO parade (below), which is a 100-car line of dressed-up NISMOs that make a round on the track to introduce the Festival.

Then there were the usual fan-favorites, like the Nissan GT-R and 370Z NISMO drifting displays, where drivers show off the right way to take a corner.

At any festival explicitly designed for speed freaks, a race or two is to be expected, and this year’s NISMO Festival didn’t disappoint. For instance, several of Nissan’s Super GT drivers showed off test laps on the new GT500 GT-R. And nobody at the event missed the finale race – the GT-R CTE Cup, which is made up of identical GT-R R35 models all aggressively competing for first place. And for the serious motorsport fans, there was also the NISMO Grand Prix where Japanese racers brought out their GT-R and Z’s for fearsome head-to-head competition.

Even outside of the track, this year’s NISMO Festival was a truly awe-inspiring event. It’s easy for us Western readers to forget just how vast the NISMO lineup has become, since many models are exclusively available in Japan. These include


Next-Gen Nissan GT-R Still Several Years Away; Worth the Wait

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Nissan Vision 2020 Concept

The current generation of the Nissan GT-R is coming up on its five-year anniversary. Launched in 2007, the R35 model has seen constant tweaks and upgrades, and that’s why it still offers one of the best performance-to-price ratios of any halo car on the market.

We always knew that the R35’s days were numbered, and we thought they may be coming to a close in the next year or two. However, a recent report from TopGear hints that the next-generation GT-R R36 is further away than we thought. However, we also learned that Nissan is very, very interested in getting hybrid technology under the GT-R’s hood to “embrace electric power.” This fits perfectly with most of the rumors that we’d already heard.

The news comes from an interview that TopGear managed to score with Nissan Great Britain’s James Oliver, the sports car chief in that region. He explained, “I think [a hybrid GT-R] is the obvious direction… The overall market is looking at different directions of powering cars, and at Nissan we’ve got great expertise and investment of electric.”

Oliver went on to explain the reason behind the R36’s distant launch date of “three or four years”. Basically, the R35 was a huge success and a massive leap in technology at the time. Nissan wants the R36 to be just as ahead of its time as the R35 was.

For those of you who don’t realize just how large of an undertaking this is, keep in mind that the current GT-R already has impressive stats. It runs on a twin-turbocharged 3.8L DOHC V6 engine that can output 542hp and zoom from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. So, Nissan somehow has to come up with a powertrain that outguns the monstrous R35, and still incorporate hybrid technology.

While the task of developing a revolutionary new powertrain is certainly a big one, Nissan has several years to do it. In an interview with AutoCar, Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, assured us that the powertrain and chassis are the two elements of the R36 that are already under heavy development. The design is still completely up in the air, although Nissan has a couple directions they could go.

First, we saw the Vision 2020 Concept (pictured above) earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Unfortunately, while it’d be great if the GT-R R36 ended up looking like the Vision 2020 Concept, it was really more design study than anything. Nakamura says that he’d like the next GT-R to keep the current model’s “boxy, functional appearance” in the next model. He elaborates, “It shouldn’t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness.”

Either way, we’re sure to hear more between now and the next-gen GT-R’s launch, so stay tuned here for the most up-to-date Japanese car news.

 


Nissan News: Cube Dropped, Self-Cleaning Leaf EV & More

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Immaculate Nissan

After the departure of Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen last week, it has continued to be a busy month for Nissan. In fact, so many things are happening with the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker that we don’t have enough blog posts to cover every single one. So, today we’re going to give you a bird’s eye view of Nissan’s latest goings on with three different news tidbits:

Nissan Cube Dropped for 2015MY

2013 Nissan Cube

If you’ve been saving up for a brand-new Nissan Cube, you’d better plan on buying one before the end of the year. At last week’s Nissan Product Day, the Japanese carmaker released their full 2015 lineup, and the Cube was eerily absent from the list. When questioned about the missing vehicle, a Nissan representative evasively praised to the 2014 Cube instead of giving a real answer.

If Nissan has indeed decided to discontinue the Cube in next year’s lineup, no one can blame them for the decision. Honestly, it probably should have been upgraded before now, as sales have continued to decline year after year. But why give it the chop? This is a modern icon that really just needs a reboot, not termination.

The upside is that Nissan also announced a few key updates at their Product Day. Among the most noteworthy improvements, we can expect a refreshed Juke, a refreshed Nissan GT-R and GT-R NISMO, and a next-gen Nissan Murano due at the end of this year. And also …

Nissan Titan Confirmed for Detroit Debut

We already knew that the next-generation Nissan Titan would make its debut early next year, and we had a sneaking suspicion that it would be at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Now, Nissan has officially confirmed it.

While we’re sure we’ll love all the aesthetic updates that Nissan will make to their aged full-size truck, the changes we’re most excited about are those to the powertrain. The current Nissan Titan is only available with a 5.6L V8 petrol engine, but the new one will get two more powertrain options – a smaller V6 petrol and the highly-anticipated Cummins 5.0L V8 diesel, plus an updated version of the current 5.6L.

Self-Cleaning Nissan Leaf

Self-Cleaning Nissan Leaf

Dubbed “the world’s cleanest car” by the proud, EV-loving Japanese automaker, Nissan showed us a self-cleaning Nissan Leaf EV at their Product Day last week. Apparently, they took a normal Nissan Leaf and treated its exterior with an advanced Ultra-Ever Dry paint that repels all the common filth found in typical road conditions. Rain, standing water, mud, sleet and oils stand no chance against the superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint job, which keeps itself clean by creating a microscopic layer of air between the paint and the outside world.

Nissan NA’s VP of Product Planning, Pierre Loing, said, “The 100% electric Leaf provides the perfect canvas for this and new, advanced paint technology. This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.”

Unfortunately, this self-washing paint won’t be available as a stock option for any Nissan vehicle, EV or otherwise, anytime soon as Nissan is still testing the technology. However, there is a reasonable chance that it will eventually be offered as a manufacturer-installed aftermarket option.


Real-Life Nissan Concept 2020 Previews Next Nissan GT-R

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Nissan Vision Gran Turismo Concept

We already knew that Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo model – a virtual car created for the PlayStation 3 racing game (pictured above) – would eventually have some real-life bearings; we just didn’t know exactly when or what they’d be. We suspected that the virtual supercar would have some ties to the next-generation GT-R, but now we know for sure. Nissan has confirmed all of our hopes with an in-the-metal debut of the Nissan Concept 2020 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as seen in the video below:

What’s really interesting about this car is how it came about. Apparently, Nissan was asked to contribute to Gran Turismo 6 to commemorate the racing game’s 15th anniversary. This makes sense given that Nissan has been contributing to the Gran Turismo video games since the very first title. So, as a team from Nissan Design Europe was working to make the GT6 car as realistic as possible, a couple of their engineers realized that what they were developing could actually be a real car.

Nissan’s press release describes how, “The [Gran Turismo] model was considered to have so much potential that it has benefited from input from an advanced engineering team based at the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan.” In the above video, Jann Mardenborough from the NISMO racing team described the car’s special relevance for him. As a recent graduate from Nissan’s GT Academy, a place where Nissan takes talented gamers and transforms them into real-life racecar drivers, the cross from virtual to reality is something he wants to see more of.

We have another video below that goes into more detail on the creative process that led to the car’s development:

As you can see, this was definitely a fun car to design, and both teams have created a perfect vision of what a high-performance Nissan might look like in the future. It’s fast, sleek, futuristic and exhilarating, and everyone will have a chance to drive it through the Gran Turismo video game.

As for the production model, it’s likely we won’t see the next GT-R anytime in the immediate future. Furthermore, Nissan has stated that the 2020 Concept is NOT a direct prequel to the next GT-R. In an interview with Autocar, Nissan design manager Darryl Scriven went on record saying, “I can’t talk about GT-R, but I can say the styling, the shapes, the volumes and the nuances here are something you will see in the future. There are cues on this car […] that will hint towards 2020.” Presumably the next GT-R is coming in 2020; quite a ways away.

In the meantime, Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept will be available for download on the PS3 sometime later this month, so it’s only a short wait for those of you aching to get behind the virtual wheel.


Japan Car Auction Find – 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

Posted by Stephen On Friday, June 13th, 2014

All the talk about a possible new Nissan GT-R got us craving more of Nissan’s high-performance supercar. We just can’t help it; a car like the GT-R would give anyone the need for speed. So, to satiate our inner speed demon, we jumped over to our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system to look through all the Nissan GT-Rs up for auction.

At the time of writing, there are 13 different Nissan GT-R models available for auction in Japan. Model years range from the original 2008MY to the latest 2013MY. Ultimately though, it was a 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition that finally caught our eye. Check it out:

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition front
2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition back

As the pristine exterior indicates, this GT-R is a relatively low mileage auction find with just 2000 km on the odometer. More important, though, are its incredibly high ratings across the board.

Let’s start from the outside. This Nissan GT-R’s rich gray paint job is nearly spotless with an overall rating of 5. As you’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, there are only two miniscule scratches across the entire exterior. As a Black Edition, this coupe stands out from other GT-R’s with a dry carbon fiber spoiler and 20-inch black alloy RAYS with custom-developed nitro-filled tires. It also features HID headlights (High Intensity Discharge).

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition interior

Inside, the GT-R Black Edition gets a unique red-and-black color scheme (as seen above) with leather-trimmed Recaro seating. This particular model also features the optional GT-R embossed floor panels for a little bit of extra swag. On the whole, the Black Edition feels similar to the NISMO color scheme without actually being a NISMO model, so we’re all for that.

Ultimately, though, the looks are only a small part of why you’d buy this – or any – Nissan GT-R. What has defined the GT-R since its launch in 2008 are its incredible driving dynamics. The GT-R-exclusive Premium Midship platform and rigidly stiffened chassis combined with the Black Edition’s run-flat performance tires and AWD allow for a driving style that’s both confident and fun. And of course, a big part of the coupe’s driveability must be attributed to the 3.8L DOHC V6 dual-turbocharged engine with a manufacturer-claimed 485hp.

As you can see, this really is an excellent Japanese car auction find. While we personally found this 2009 Black Edition to be the best of the bunch, we had a really good time looking through each of the different models. If you’re an Integrity Exports member, you should really give it a try!

Either way, keep reading below for a more detailed translation of this 2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition’s auction sheet:

2009 Nissan GT-R Black Edition auction sheet

“Interior A, Black Edition, first registered March 2009, FAT, AC, service book, CBA emissions code, 1403KM, 4WD, original AWs power steering, power windows, original TV and navigation system, airbag, first time in auction, front power seats, rear view reversing camera, original DVD, original HDD navigation system, original digital TV, original AWs, intelligent key, xenon lights, paddle shift, seat belts say 2008, minor scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”

An interesting thing to note here is that the car was first registered in 2009 in Japan, but the seat belts state 2008. In a some countries, the date on the seat belt is taken to be the year of the car, as this shows when it was likely manufactured. Anyway, whether this is a “true” 2009 or a 2008 in your opinion, there is no doubt that it is a very low KM, very high quality example of a stupendous supercar.


Nissan Previews Possible New GT-R in Gran Turismo 6

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It wasn’t too long ago that Mitsubishi used the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation 3 racing game as a platform to debut their newest racing concept. However, while Mitsubishi’s concept is unlikely to make it out of the digital world, Nissan’s newly unveiled contribution to the GT6 Vision garage could very well make it to production. Of course, it’s possible that even if it’s manufactured, it’ll remain a track-only vehicle, but early rumors indicate something more.

Let’s start by looking at the teaser below:

Nissan Vision GT Teaser

Even though this is a vague and artistic image, it actually tells us a lot about Nissan’s contribution to GT6. In fact, it might even tell us too much; this mystery car has been rumored to be everything from the brand’s next WRC racer to their new LMP1 prototype or even the next commercial GT-R.

Personally, we believe that the image above previews the next Nissan GT-R. It might not be the mass-production version we’ll eventually see on the streets; perhaps instead it’s a racing-only version, like the upcoming Nissan R36 GT-R we discussed a week or two ago as Nissan’s return to Le Mans racing.

Whatever it is, though, there is clearly some level of production intent. After all, why else would Andy Palmer, Nissan Vice President, tweet the question “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood?” with the teaser image? Clearly Nissan are planning this to have some carry-over to the real world. We already knew that Honda was planning to bring their NSX to the Goodwood Festical of Speed, so why wouldn’t Nissan bring some competition in the form of their next GT-R?

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the darkened teaser image Nissan has provided us with is the peculiar front-end, unlike anything we’ve seen from them up to this point. The image shows a car with a shortened front-clip with colossal air vents and a very prominent front spoiler. The way that the vents on both the front and side seem to dip into the middle of the car could possibly suggest a mid-engine layout, which offers a highly favorable weight distribution for excellent rear-wheel traction. Let’s cross our fingers that this is the case.

In the end, all we know for sure is that this car – whatever it may be – is the next in a long line of Nissan contributions to Gran Turismo. In fact, did you know that the first GT-R was originally introduced to international drivers through the Gran Turismo video game, decades ago? This explains why it actually makes contextual sense for Nissan to use this platform to launch the next GT-R, if that’s what it turns out to be.

Either way, the one thing that Nissan has promised is that “all will be revealed” next Monday, June 16th. So, stay tuned until then for the full scoop.

In the meantime, thanks for reading!