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Nissan GT-R

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At the October 2007 ?40th Tokyo Motor Show Nissan unveiled its long-awaited new supercar, the dramatic and meaty GT-R.? Its makers describe the new car as ?an ultimate supercar for anyone, anywhere, at any time?.

The GT-R incorporates the world?s first independent 4WD transaxle, which packages the dual-clutch transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, enabling the weight to be evenly distributed throughout the car. Apart from improving the front-rear weight distribution, it allows for greater footwell space and an optimum pedal layout.

Under the hood, the new GT-R features an all-new 3.8 liter, twin turbo V6 with plasma-sprayed cylinder bores and a special free-flow exhaust system.? Delivering almost 480 bhp (353 kW), and maximum torque of 588 Nm between 3,200 and 5,200 rpm, although the manufacturer will not release accurate figures, the new Nissan is expected to be good for more than 290 km/h with acceleration from a standstill to the magical 100 km/h in under four seconds.

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Despite its bulk, Nissan engineers have managed to reduce the drag coefficient to an amazing 0.27, combined with high front and rear downforce.? Built from a combination of steel, carbon fiber and aluminum, the GT-R?s body is highly efficient, giving exceptional levels of grip, thanks to a race car-inspired underbody diffuser, while allowing reasonable fuel economy at ?normal? speeds and low wind noise.? Although the engineering of the body is a considerable step forward, the engineers and stylists have managed to retain the aggressive stance of the previous GT-R.? This is the first major change to the model in five years and clearly a great deal of thought and research as gone into it.? Designer of the GT-R was Hiroshi Hasegawa, who was also responsible for the Infiniti sedan and coup?, and the GT-R production model is clearly based on the 2005 concept car exhibited by Nissan.

The interior has also received a makeover, designed to balance functionality, comfort and usability. It had to balance daily driving and high-performance supercar with as little compromise as possible. Sculpted bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable, yet secure ride, while soft padding is utilized on the dash in front of the passenger for increased safety.? The instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and the multi-function meter at a uniform height, to minimize the driver?s head movement when traveling at high speeds..? A large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as easy-to-read graphics of the display, gives instant detailed information to the driver.

The unique multi-function meter shows both mechanical and driving in formation, including accelerator opening, brake pedal pressure and steering angle.? It also features an ?optimal gearshift map? to emphasize economical driving.

Adjustability is the key to the daily-driving mode and a special ?set-up? switch, located in the center of the instrument panel, allows the driver to adjust gear shifts, shock absorbers and the vehicle?s dynamic stability control with three available settings: normal, comfort or high-performance.

Entertainment is provided by a quality Bose sound system featuring two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area, combined with traditional door speakers.? All speakers are mounted in rigid aluminum, die-cast panels.

To support GT-R owners, Nissan has established special Nissan High Performance Centers, where all certified technicians and advisors have received extensive training.? Support takes the form of engine, transmission and wheel adjustment or alignment every 12 months, free of charge.

The new GT-R goes on sale in Japan at the end of the year ? with the first three months? production completely taken up ? and in Europe and the USA in the summer of 2008.? It will be Nissan?s first foray into North America with the GT-R, where it will inevitably be up against the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 430.? Time will tell whether it makes its mark.

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