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TOKYO (Jan. 8, 2009) -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a new limited-production Nissan GT-R SpecV model, which goes on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan on February 2, 2009. The GT-R SpecV is targeted specifically at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle.


NISSAN GT-R SpecVNISSAN GT-R SpecV


Developed around the multi-dimensional Nissan GT-R sports car, which was introduced just more than one year ago to universal global acclaim, the new SpecV model builds on the original's "ultimate supercar that anyone can enjoy driving anywhere, at anytime" philosophy - taking it to an entirely new level of "oneness between man and machine." The SpecV model includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the GT-R's unmatched performance to even higher levels.

The GT-R SpecV's new exterior features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber grille, and carbon fiber brake ducts. The SpecV is available exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body color. Inside, the SpecV's unique two-seat interior (non-SpecV GT-R models also include a two-place rear seat) offers special Recaro carbon fiber bucket seats, while carbon fiber insets embellish the rear center storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas.

Performance is enhanced with a new high gear boost control device, which momentarily increases boost of the engine's twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide a more powerful feeling of acceleration, while also allowing the engine to operate at a lower speed for improved fuel economy. Other modifications include a titanium-coated exhaust system and carbon-ceramic brakes that provide powerful stopping performance.

The GT-R SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed for this model and have been sold by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) since September 2008. The lighter unsprung weight provided by the new wheels, together with the enhanced braking capability, an exclusive suspension and high-grip tires, combine to deliver the SpecV's exceptional performance.

The SpecV will be sold at the following seven dealer outlets, each of which is staffed by mechanics with special GT-R SpecV training and who are knowledgeable of racing circuit driving.

Dealer outlets selling the SpecV
Ibaraki Nissan Sales Co., Ltd. Mito Sennami Outlet
Nissan Prince Tokyo Sales Co., Ltd. Kamedo Outlet
Nissan Prince Nagoya Sales Co., Ltd. Fukiage Outlet
Nissan Prince Osaka Sales Co., Ltd. Horie Kawaguchi Outlet
Nissan Prince Hyogo Sales Co., Ltd. Nada Outlet
Nissan Prince Kagawa Sales Co., Ltd. Takamatsu Outlet
Yamaguchi Nissan Sales Co., Ltd. Ogori Interchange Outlet

Suggested nationwide retail price (including consumption tax) 15,750,000 yen

Related URL: http://www.nissan.co.jp/GT-R/ SPECV/
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We are proud to announce that Zele International (Yokohama, Japan) has completed their brand new online project, ZelePerformance.com and has launched it this week to the public. This latest website will cover latest news releases, global parts information, Zele’s own blog as well as dealer listings and corporate information all in English for the global GT-R community.

Zele International was first established in early 2000 as an independent Nissan Skyline specialised dealership in Kanagawa prefecture Japan. Since forming, Zele International’s reputation among GT-R owners worldwide has grown and grown due to their track record for delivering exceptional quality vehicles to customers from all corners of the globe.

In 2004, Zele International formed a business partnership with Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) and opened Nismo Car’s Factory Zele further cementing their status as the number one Nissan Skyline GT-R dealership.

Since the launch of the Nissan R35 GT-R supercar, Zele International has been heavily involved in the development of unique, functional and desirable products to suit and has gained a position as one of the top original parts developers for the Nissan GT-R. These products can now be found as far reaching as Japan, SE Asia, the Middle East, USA and Europe.

Link: ZelePerformance.com
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NISSAN GT-R takes 4th win of the season from 6 races
– SUPER GT 2008 Round 6 Race Report –


In the long-established midsummer's endurance race, Round 6 of SUPER GT the "International POKKA 1000km" event took place on August 24th at Suzuka Circuit (1 lap: 5.807km). Starting from fourth on the grid, the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (#12 Tsugio Matsuda/Sebastien Philippe) withstood the severe long-distance and about six hours' racing to take the win. The NISSAN GT-R has now taken a total of four victories from six races in this season's SUPER GT.

International POKKA 1000km in Suzuka

Setting the 2ND-quickest time in qualifying, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#22 Michael Krumm/Masataka Yanagida/Dominik Schwager) inherited pole position when the #100 NSX had to start from the back, ahead of the 173-lap, 1,000-kilometre event. From the opening lap, veteran driver Michael Krumm led beautifully, handing over to Yanagida from the front as scheduled. Though he temporarily lost the lead due to being blocked by a GT300 car ahead, the team's deft pit work ensured they soon returned to the head of the field. Krumm and Yanagida alternated driving duties, safeguarding their position until the halfway point of the race. On lap 118, third driver Dominik Schwager got behind the wheel. Soon after, the rear cowl suddenly started to come off the car, making for a very delicate situation. An unscheduled visit to the pits meant that regrettably, the machine fell out of contention for the win. However, the team fought relentlessly to the very end, and with Michael Krumm driving the final stint, reached fourth place at the flag.

Meanwhile, having started from fourth on the grid, the #12 GT-R experienced difficulty with the rear hub in the opening stages of the race, forcing an out-of-sequence pit stop on lap 25. Driver Matsuda went back out on track, returning to hand over to Philippe on lap 62 after having piloted the car since the start of the event. From that point on, the car continued to steadily bring down to the gap to its rivals in front. By lap 87, it was up to 2nd place. As the laps continued, the car strengthened its position in 2nd as Matsuda shortened the gap to the #100 NSX in front. At the car's final stop on lap 138, Philippe once again took the wheel as the margin to the rival in the lead was reversed. Philippe never gave an inch, rising from 2nd place to the lead position with a calculated drive in front of 37,000 fans, to end his run on the centre step of the podium.

With successive victories in the first two opening rounds of the season, the resulting heavy weight handicap meant that the XANAVI NISMO GT-R (#23 Satoshi Motoyama/Benoit Treluyer/Fabio Carbone) was never going to be able to set a fast lap in qualifying. Despite this, starting driver Benoit Treluyer drove expertly in the opening stages, passing one rival after another to elevate the car from its initial position of seventh. By the middle stages, it was running in third position and fighting for 2nd. The stands holding the masses of NISSAN supporters boiled over with excitement as the machine rose in position. The car maintained the same pace until the end, Motoyama and Treluyer alternating driving duties as they headed for the finish line. However, due to the fuel system trouble, the team was forced to lower the car's pace for the final stage of the race, resulting in an eighth-place finish. Motoyama commented: "The end result is really regrettable. After a long time, we were finally able to once again fight for a meaningful position. On the upside, we collected points, and the next rounds at Motegi and Autopolis should suit the car well. I want to fight at the front again, and aim at becoming series' champion!"

The YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R (#3 Ronnie Quintarelli/Naoki Yokomizo) scored their best result of the season with 5th place, while the WOODONE ADVAN Clarion GT-R (#24 Joao Paolo de Oliveira/Seiji Ara) took seventh, meaning all of the GT-R entries ended the event in points-scoring positions.

#12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R driver Tsugio Matsuda's comment:
"With the trouble we faced at the start, I thought we had no chance. I can tell you those 62 laps I drove were hard. I pushed with all my might, and the team responded with excellent work in the pits. In addition, of course Seb (Philippe) also fought very hard. To do so well in front of so many people is superb. This win is absolutely fantastic!"

NISMO Team Director Yoshitaka Iijima's comment:
"Our strategy was to go for the win with five pit stops. However, the cowl lock coming off was something we couldn't have imagined. Because of that trouble, we couldn't achieve our aim. That was our best chance of taking a win, so the result is deeply disappointing. However, Michael (Krumm) put on a gallant fight right to the very end, and showed the speed that has returned to the #23 car. Therefore, I don't think that the race was bad overall. We will still have the three races, and aim the championship of this year."
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First U.S.-Spec Nissan GT-R Supercar Delivered To California Customer at 12:01 A.M.
– 70% of Available GT-Rs Already Spoken For on First Day of Sales –

Nissan North America, Inc. saved a few fireworks for the morning after the Independence Day holiday, delivering the first Nissan GT-R supercar in the United States at 12:01 a.m. PDT today to a Southern California customer.



07.07.2008 , LOS ANGELES - The exotic, all-new 2009 Nissan GT-R, long coveted by American buyers who previously could experience the legendary GT-R only through electronic video games, officially goes on sale today at a select number of GT-R Certified Nissan dealers across the country. Daryl Alison of Costa Mesa, Calif., one of the first customers to order a new GT-R through a pre-sale program launched last January, couldn’t wait for normal business hours to take possession of his new Black Obsidian GT-R Premium model. Through special arrangement with Universal City Nissan, Los Angeles, Alison was handed the keys by dealer representative Mike Sage moments after midnight.

“I’ve followed the history of the GT-R since inception and, after years of anticipation, it’s great to see the ‘Godzilla of supercars’ finally coming to the U.S.,” said Alison. “I’ve owned a number of Nissan 350Z sports cars and other exotics and muscle cars, but more than any other vehicle I can’t wait to get this new GT-R out on the road. Now it’s America’s time to get in and play.”

More than 1,700 of the exotic 480-horsepower Nissan GT-R supercars, or approximately 70 percent of the first year allocation for the United States market, have already been spoken for, with deliveries of those initial orders expected to continue throughout the coming months.

“It’s a very exciting time for Nissan and auto enthusiasts who have waited a long time for the GT-R to become available in the U.S.,” said Sage. “Demand for the GT-R has been overwhelming, with more people wanting them than cars available. We’re pleased to deliver the very first GT-R to an enthusiast who will really appreciate its extraordinary performance abilities.”

Joining the midnight delivery ceremony was Steve Millen, long-time Nissan race driver and the winningest driver in IMSA GT race series history. Millen recently participated in high-performance racetrack test sessions in the Nissan GT-R for a leading automotive enthusiast magazine and has assisted with GT-R dealer orientation and training programs.

The GT-R is available only through officially certified Nissan dealers that have met a number of strict sales, service and facilities commitments, including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service. A searchable listing of the GT-R Certified Nissan dealers is available to consumers on nissanusa.com. The 2009 Nissan GT-R has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $69,850 for the GT-R and $71,900 for the GT-R Premium model.

The 2009 Nissan GT-R features a 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 producing 480 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted, dual clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle. It features the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

The Nissan GT-R’s hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum and has a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R’s four-passenger cabin features a sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar “sword edge,” as well as GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights, functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips. Inside, GT-R’s interior includes sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and a multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder.

A 2009 Nissan GT-R recently set a lap time of 7 minutes 29 seconds at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, one of the fastest times achieved by a production-spec vehicle to date, and has been timed in independent magazine tests at 0 – 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infiniti.com.
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*MSRP excludes applicable tax, title and license fees. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.
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