Hype Video: Watch A Snow Camo’d Nissan GT-R Play In A Winter Wonderland Thanks To Clash Production

Posted on 01.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Happy Friday everyone!  Why not kick off the end of the week with another sweet flick from the guys at ClashProduction?  Actually, this is kind of a sequel really.  Remember a while back when they produced that awesome film of a snow camo’d GT-R racing snowmobiles up a ski slope?  Well as usual with most film productions there was a lot of unused footage from that feature so the guys at Clash decided to take the unused footage and cut together a whole new flick.  In fact, this new one is even longer than the first one!  Scroll down to enjoy 7 glorious minutes of a GT-R playing in the snow

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LA Auto Show 2013: Nissan Brings GT-R NISMO AKA “Mecha Godzilla” To LA. Usain Bolt Was There Too. (Video)

Posted on 11.26.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For the last few years Nissan has been relatively quiet at the LA Auto Show.  Not to be harsh but since the American debut of the GT-R they haven’t brought to many exciting things to LA (with the exception of the awesome “food truck” NV200s!), so this year they were definitely due for something spectacular and they totally delivered.

This year Nissan pretty much let NISMO almost entirely take over their exhibit.  Sure the obligatory model line upgrades made their appearances.  The 2014 Nissan GT-R showed up as well as the leaf and others.  However, front and center were not one but three NISMO badged bad-ass vehicles.

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First up was the North American debut of the Nissan GT-R NISMO which had the curtain pulled off it by none other than track (as in running) superstar and Nissan’s “Global Director of Excitement”, Usain Bolt!  After Bolt pulled the curtain off the car and the media scrum cleared I got in close to appreciate the GT-R NISMO for myself and let me tell you: its damned awesome.  Now, I understand that its aggressive looks may not be for everyone.  There are a heck of a lot of extra fins, overhangs, and ducts than one might find on a “normal” GT-R but they are all there for a purpose: to make this thing flarking fast!

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The GT-R NISMO is definitely one of those cars that looks quick even while sitting still.  While the basic body shape remains the same if you look closely you can see small details made in the cars major body panels.  For example upon closer inspection of the rear on lookers will notice that the lines from the quarter panels and trunk “extend” past the taillights.  There is also a full treatment of carbon fiber on all sides (front splitter, side skrits, rear diffuser) including a carbon fiber rear wing that does the job but isn’t too gaudy.

While Los Angeles was lucky enough to be the site of the North American debut of the GT-R NISMO no further information beyond what was stated at the Tokyo Auto Salon was given.  That means we still don’t have a solid North American release date, MSRP, or production numbers for the newest Godzilla.  That’s a shame but Nissan made up for it by showing off an additional two NISMO cars!

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The first of which totally came out of left field and surprised everyone: a Sentra NISMO concept!  NISMO took the new Sentra, which already looks pretty good and then made it awesome with a reworked front bumper that has an integrated carbon fiber splitter, a carbon fiber roof, and rear diffuser.

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They (NISMO) then really took things a step further by turbo charging the Sentra’s 1.8 liter engine to the tune of 240hp, bolted on a NISMO suspension package, and added a limited slip differential!  The interior also got the full NISMO treatment with Recaro seats and alcantara everywhere.

Nissan insists that the Sentra NISMO is just a concept and “design” study but it would be one hell of a cruel joke if they showed this off to the world without the intention to build at least some version of this in the future.  It may be a bit of a stretch to hope for all the exterior mods to translate to production but I am sure all the Nissan fans have their fingers crossed that the turbocharged engine will make its way into production Sentra’s sometime soon.

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Nissan then decided just for fun that they would update the Juke NISMO R by debuting the new Juke NISMO RS.  The Juke NISMO RS gets a power and torque bump from the R bringing the total to 215hp and 210lb-ft of torque.  The RS also gets bigger brakes, a stiffer chassis, a new manual transmission, and a NISMO interior including Recaro seats up front.  According to Nissan the Juke NISMO RS will hit American dealerships in “early 2014″

There you have it.  Nissan really killed it this year at LA.  I would have to say of all the booths I visited I had the most excitement from Nissan since they are doing so many new things that are aimed at enthusiasts.  If they weren’t before, Nissan’s competition are definitely taking a hard look now!  For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails in this post.  If you want to watch Nissan’s LA press conference for yourself just scroll down for the video!

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Hype: The GT-R Nismo Is Revealed. Makes Lesser Sports Cars Cower In Fear (Video)

Posted on 11.19.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just a few hours ago in Yokohama, Japan Nissan rolled out the next iteration of Godzilla AKA the GT-R Nismo.  The world knew this car was coming for a while now but despite a forewarning it still seems to come as a shock just incredible this machine is.

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First of all lets start off with the most important number: 600; as in horsepower.  Yes the R35 era GT-R has finally broken the 600hp mark!  Nissan engineers were able to do this mostly due to a new turbochargers taken directly from the GT-R Nismo GT3 race car.  The ignition tuning as changed to add power as well as a new fuel pump.

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In addition to increasing the power substantially Nissan also added a whole new suspension package using Bilstein shocks, increased downforce with a new aero package (including a massive carbon fiber wing), and saved weight with a whole bunch of carbon fiber including carbon fiber shells for the seats and a carbon fiber trunk.  Weight was also saved with new six-spoke forged wheels.

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All of these modifications add up to the fastest production GT-R ever.  In fact, this thing lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08! That’s 10 seconds faster than the previous GT-R Nurburgring record!  To figure out how they did it you can watch two videos below.  The first is the record breaking lap narrated by the driver Michael Krumm himself.  The second is a near 30 minute long documentary which chronicles how an elite Nissan team brought the GT-R Nismo to life.

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Before that though you can click on any of the thumbnails for pictures and below the videos you can read the official press release for all the details.

P.S. No pricing has been announced yet but it has been announced that the GT-R Nismo will be released in Japan in February 2014 and in the U.S. and Europe later on in 2014.

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GT-R Nismo Documentary:

Press Release:

REVEALED: NISSAN GT-R NISMO — Nissan GT-R Nismo Joins 2014 Nissan GT-R –

  • World premiere of race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R
  • 600hp (441kw) for blistering performance
  • Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1 of downforce at 300km/h (186mph) for exceptional road-holding

YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 19, 2013) – Records fall and dreams come true with the debut of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This race-oriented model delivers “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by Nismo, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.

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The Nissan GT-R Nismo features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, U.S. and Europe later in 2014.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”

Nissan GT-R Nismo Overview – Flagship of the Nismo lineup

1. Mechanical Features Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.

Engine

  • Under the hood, the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque.
  • New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.

Chassis

  • The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
  • Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
  • Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
  • To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R Nismo features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Body construction

  • Increased rigidity in the bodyshell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the Nismo “factory tuned” enhancement.

2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics

  • Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyze airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
  • Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 300km/h) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in five body colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3 accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
  • The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.

3. Interior

  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
  • Ergonomically sculpted carbon-fiber-backed reclining RECARO seats (Europe/Japan) comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
  • Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
  • The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
  • Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel.
  1. *1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
  2. *2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options
  3. *3: Dark Matte Grey will be available starting from summer in 2014.

About Nismo

  • Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.”
  • Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
  • In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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Hype Video: Dai Yoshihara Says Goodbye To His S13

Posted on 10.29.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In the season finale of GT Channel’s “Behind The Smoke” we get to see Dai give a heartfelt goodbye to his Falken Tire/Discount Tire Nissan S13.  2013 was a rough year for Dai and his team and it got even rougher when the engine in his S13 blew during practice and the team had to pull an all nighter to drop in a spare.

Dai was hoping to get one last win for the season but unfortunately he was taken out by Chris Forsberg (who was driving like a man on a mission).  It was at that point Dai and his team said they’re goodbyes but also expressed excitement for the debut of their new BRZ drift car next season.  Grab a hankie and watch the emotional send off below!

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Hype Video: Nismo 370Z Races Flying Men Down A Mountain

Posted on 10.01.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Have you ever wonder who would win in a race between a sports car and two men dressed like flying squirrels?  Well apparently so has Nismo.  The only difference between them and us is that they actually have the resources to make it happen; so they did!  They grabbed a Nismo 370Z, Nismo driver Peter Pyzera, and wing suit pilot Dave Barlia to the top of a mountain in the swiss alps.  Nismo also strapped the driver and the wing suit pilot with biometric telemetry devices to send data to a Nissan Juke chase car as they raced to the bottom.

So who won?  Scroll down to find out.  Also if you want a little “behind the scenes” look at how they pulled this off that video is below as well.

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Hype Art: Guy Turns His Dad’s Old Nissan Truck Into Life-Sized Mech Statue

Posted on 07.29.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

I love cars.  Generally that means I hate it when a car is broken, smashed, or taken apart for purposes other than motorsport or customization.  However, not even I could hate what Deviant Art user “ProgV” did with his Dad’s old Nissan truck.  According to Prog, the truck had just been sitting for a long time collecting dust ‘n rust. 

So, naturally Prog did what any artist would do: he took the whole thing apart and began to build a life-sized anime-style mech statue out of it.  Although, as stout as the truck was, it wasn’t enough explains Prog.  He actually ended up going to a junk yard to source more parts to finish the mech. 

According to Prog, it took over a ton (literally) of parts and a month to complete the mech; which makes this even more amazing.  I wish I had the ability to create something like this by myself in that short amount of time!

Prog already has some high-profile individuals wanting to purchase his work.  Good work dude! Click the thumbnails below for larger pics.

 

[Source: Deviant Art]

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Hype Video: Nissan Wraps Nismo 370Z For 2013 Gumball 3000

Posted on 05.22.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Remember vinyl wraps?  Yes, they’re still a thing.  I actually think they are pretty cool if done right.  Granted these days they’re more used for marketing purposes than style I think they still have a place on both ends.  With Gumball 3000 going on right now Nismo partnered up with INTERSECTION magazine to wrap a Nismo 370Z for the hedonistic road rally.  The end result looks pretty fresh (probably fresher that it can also be removed at the end as well). 

To see how the design came together and how a full car wrap is applied, check out the video below.

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Hype Meet: Cars And Coffee Irvine 3-16-13

Posted on 03.18.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

St. Patricks day weekend was cause for celebration for many people all over the country but it was also a big weekend for motorsport freaks like us.  In addition to Sebring the past weekend also saw the return of Formula One.  I decided to kick the weekend off by paying a visit to one of my favorite meets: Cars & Coffee in Irvine. 

    

It was the first time I had been to the meet since the start of the year so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised to see an even more eclectic mix of cars than I was used to.  There was everything from million-dollar exotics to a few rare classics.  I even saw a crazy turbo-diesel zombie apocalypse truck! (more on that in a later post).

   

However, I would have to say the meet’s biggest attention getter was a genuine Bugatti Veyron brought by Symbolic Motor Cars of San Diego.  As jaded as I am these days even I am still impressed with a Veyron sighting.  I have only been in the presence of Bugatti’s hyper-car four times and only two of which (counting the weekend) were “wild” sightings.

All in all it was a great trip.  If you haven’t been to Cars & Coffee I would highly recommend checking it out.  If you’re saying to yourself: “Hey jerk, I don’t live in Southern California!” I would say “don’t interrupt me while I’m talking!”  See, the cool thing about Cars & Coffee is that it is something of an organization now so there are meets in several places all across America;  even in Europe!  Just head to CarsAndCoffeeOnline.com to find the closest meet to you.

In the meantime feel free to click the thumbnails for some pics or see the full gallery on the MotorworldHype Facebook page.

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Hype Story: Nissan Dealer Demands Credit Check Before Allowing GT-R Test Drive

Posted on 03.11.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Having good credit is essential to many financial milestones of life.  Good credit is needed for things like renting a nice apartment, buying a house, getting a business loan, even some employers check the credit history of potential employees.  However people do not usually associate good credit with test driving a car; financing a car sure but a test drive

It looks like a new trend is starting to develop among dealerships.  If you want to test out their flagship cars then better be ready to have your credit run!  User “aj996tt”  of the 6SpeedOnline forum (lets call him “AJ”) from Texas found out the hard way.  See, AJ was in the market for a new car.  Hes a family man so he had a few trucks and SUVs on the top of his list but he kept his options open for sports cars as well.  On his list of potential sports cars was the upcoming Corvette Stingray and the current Nissan GT-R

He stopped by one local Nissan dealership to check out the GT-R for himself.  The staff at the dealership seemed to be from the “pinky ring and gold chain” crowd as AJ described it but the manager was nice and gave him a quick tour around “godzilla.  Unfortunately, the weather was bad that day so he never went on a test drive. 

Later, he was contacted by a sales rep from the Orr Nissan dealership in Corinth, TX.  The rep invited AJ to check out a 2013 GT-R they had in stock.  The listed price seemed like a good deal so AJ took them up on their offer and went out to the location of the car which was actually a good 50 miles away from Corinth, in Greenville, TX.

Once he reached the location he was told only a manager could show him the car.  Once he finally met said manager he immediately informed AJ he could only test drive the car after filling out a credit application and being approved for financing.  AJ promptly expressed his displeasure of being subjected to a credit check for a car he wasn’t even sure he wanted and then left the dealership after some choice words were exchanged.

AJ happened to have a friend who works in the legal dept at Nissan corporate and she informed him that the “credit before drive” policy is something being adapted by many OEMs with their dealerships.  AJ says he has never been asked to do such a thing when shopping at Mercedes or Porsche dealerships.  Frustrated, he vented to his fellow forum members.

Many users agreed that the practice smacks of “poor business etiquette” and that they have never been subjected to such a thing in their past dealings.  However a user “YellowBull” who also happens to be a GM of a dealership chimed in and made some good points.

YellowBull’s take is with a car like the GT-R which is just as popular with young broke college kids as it is with affluent older adults, dealerships need to take measures to weed out the “tire kickers” and joy ride seekers, from serious buyers.

But AJ was a serious buyer and the whole experience has turned him off to GT-R’s period.  What do you think?  Would you be willing to submit a credit application to test drive a GT-R?  Or do you think its wrong for dealers to demand such a thing from customers, even if it is in regards to a high-dollar sports car?

[Source: 6SpeedOnline.com]

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Hype Video: Nissan Announces GT-R NISMO! Watch Live Stream HERE (UPDATES)

Posted on 02.25.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

In a little less than an hour Nissan will launch a live press announcement concerning the future of NISMO worldwide.  Up to now little is known and in the original press release CEO Carlos Ghosn was pretty vague on the what this would be about.  We do know that the announcement has something to do with NISMO’s future motorsport plans but they might also announce a few new NISMO badged vehicles.  Honestly I have no idea. 

The good news is that we can find out together!  Just scroll down for the live stream of the press announcement!

UPDATE: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn just announced that in the next 12 months there will be a “GT-R NISMO”

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UPDATE #2: Here is the official Press Release on the GT-R NISMO

YOKOHAMA, Japan – NISMO is planning to work its magic on the famed Nissan GT-R as the flagship of a new range of performance models.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd announced today that NISMO, its dedicated global performance road car and motorsports arm, is developing a new, higher-powered road version of the iconic Nissan GT-R.

The GT-R NISMO will be the third NISMO-badged model to emerge from Nissan’s performance-oriented brand as part of a strategy to add a range of exciting, innovative performance models across the Nissan range.

NISMO, with a new global headquarters near Yokohama, Japan officially opening today, already has deep experience in developing and preparing the Nissan GT-R for the racetrack. That expertise will go into creating GT-R NISMO.

“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of NISMO road cars without including the GT-R,” said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. “The standard road car is a global supercar and the GT-R’s performance on track reflects the passion and talents of the NISMO team. The GT-R NISMO will be special and I can’t wait to drive it.”

Already a legendary name to millions of video gamers and motorsports fans around the world thanks to Sony’s Gran Turismo® video racing series and Skyline’s on-track success since 1969, it’s no wonder that, together with acclaim for its road-going versions from leading automotive publications, the GT-R has achieved cult status.

The NISMO team’s intimate knowledge comes from their involvement in racing the GT-R and is a good precursor to the development of the new NISMO road car.

“We know that enthusiasts around the world will be itching to know more about the forthcoming GT-R NISMO,” said NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani. “It’s too early to share any details yet, but fans can be certain we’ll be applying all of our motorsport expertise to creating a GT-R NISMO worthy of the name.”

The current production 2014 model year Nissan GT-R has received evolutionary design and engineering enhancements based around feedback from competing in last year’s 24-Hours Nürburgring, and its success in Super GT and Global GT series.

As a result, the vehicle’s overall performance has been dramatically increased, high-speed stability improved and ride quality vastly more refined.

In development now, the new GT-R NISMO will sit at the top of the new Nissan NISMO range of performance vehicles, and be available alongside the standard model in Nissan’s specialized GT-R dealerships next year.

Technical specifications and performance figures will be released closer to launch.

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