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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”

1989 GT-R BNR32 Auction Sheet Translation

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

This is a highly sought-after car, the Nissan Skyline GT-R in BNR-32 configuration. This particular one was first registered in Japan in September 1989, which makes it almost 25 years old. Watch the auction sheet translation video and see what the Japanese auction inspector found under the metal …

New Inifiniti G Series Photographs Dazzle But The Real Story Is In the Powertrains

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 12th, 2012

Photographers from Car and Driver magazine have snapped some stunning pictures of the next generation Infiniti G saloon which bears a striking resemblance to the M sedan and the EX37 crossover. This first look at the sister model to Nissan’s Japanese-market Skyline shows that the luxury wing of the company hasn’t lost the innovative edge that has made the Infiniti G the mid-sized premium sedan on the market. Still yet to be seen are the upcoming coupe and convertible variants of the G series (two lines that have proven themselves to be very important to Infiniti over the past few years), so keep your eyes peeled for that.

The new G series also follows the design patterns set by the Essence concept, with its double-arched grille, extended headlights and crescent C-pillar. This is telling of the company’s shift of focus towards bringing the G series up to par with the rest of their sophisticated line as the next generation of the G strives to be the front-wheel-drive entry-level sedan (with an electric vehicle coming later) of Infiniti.

G Series Architecture

But perhaps more important than looks is how the car will run. Following the progression that Nissan and Infiniti have taken with the 370Z (amongst many other models), the G series will continue the evolution of the front-engine/rear-wheel-drive platform. The sound architecture of the car will no doubt be up to Infiniti’s previous high standards, with rear- and all-wheel drive variants promising to please…but the real treat coming with the new powertrain features.

G Series Powertrain

Nissan’s universal 3.7-liter V-6 power will be routed into the rear-wheel drive (though with all-wheel options) by a 7-speed automatic transmission. While some are hoping that the 6-speed manual and rev-matched downshifts remain available for the coupe and sedan, you can certainly bank on the IPL version being stronger. Further, it looks like the G35h (Infiniti’s hybrid) will have a similar powertrain to the M35h.

In European markets, entry-level G series will come with petrol-four-cylinder engines with four-cylinder diesels also becoming available later on down the line. Speculation is ongoing about what will happen now that Infiniti has killed off the 2.5-liter V-6 G25, but turbocharging the mill of a gas-four-cylinder is leading the conjecture.

Infiniti G Series Competitors

The G series will be expected to continue to compete with the BMW 3-series as well as the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, despite the Infiniti’s larger size. Expect further cross-shopping with the Cadillac ATS and CTS and the Lexus IS as well.

Helping the G series out in the highly competitive field is a decidedly anticipated showing at the Detroit auto show next year with arrivals in show rooms expected in the later part of 2014. Price point anticipations are slightly higher than the current G series ($37,800 USD), but the next generation is not expected to exceed $40,000 USD.

Japanese Car Auction Finds: Nissan Skyline Crossover 370GT

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

As the name would imply, this is a crossover SUV version of Nissan’s Skyline. Note that the base is not the GT-R, but the regular Skyline that is badged as an Infiniti in some markets. This is the first time that this type of model has borne the Skyline name. It has either 2WD or 4WD along with a 330PS 3.7 liter engine.

This one in the car auction in Japan is a 370GT which is the 2WD version. The 4WD versions always have “Four” appended to their model names.

This is a pretty rare model still, so there is not a lot of price history, but this one sold for 3.08 million Yen auction price.

Nissan Skyline Crossover 370GT in a car auction in Japan

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.

Japanese Car Auction Finds: 1976 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-EX (GC111)

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 21st, 2011

I mentioned the classic Japanese sports cars in an earlier post, and here is a  1976 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-EX in the auction today. It is a grade 3.5, which is about as good as you can reasonably expect at this kind of age.

Let’s take a look at the Japanese car auction inspector’s report. (We provide translations like this for our customers prior to bidding):

“Interior B, aftermarket 14 inch alloy wheels (Enkei Baja), 2 leather-covered  Recaro seats, engine head cover newly painted in red, had 83,000KM (true KM unknown) noted on auction sheet when it was auctioned in October 2009 so true KM unknown, fully repainted in blue metallic with the inside of the bonnet painted black, steering wheel worn, exterior paintwork has waves, some trim loose, minor scratches minor dents and corrosion, minor interior grime, area of rust and corrosion underneath, rear fender arches have been cut, right front and left front inner panels have minor corrosion, two wheel caps missing, ride height is possibly lowered, possibly has aftermarket suspension, front windscreen stone scratches, lower panel edge bent just behind front left wheel, corrosion and scratches as per car map [see bottom right of auction sheet].”

Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-EX (GC111) 1976 at a car auction in Japan

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(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.