What results when film geniuses Clash Productions are combined with a snow camo’d Nissan GT-R, a ski slope, and snowmobile chase cameras? Two and a half minutes of AWESOME that is as pure as…well the driven snow (I make no pun apologies!).
This is one of those occasions in which a “where” and especially a “why” are completely unnecessary. All that you need to know is that a crew out in Sweeden dubbed “Team Ice Ricers” decided to answer the question: “can a GT-R climb a ski slope?”
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 Texasfound 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?
Nissan just dropped a new video about the development process of the 2012 Nissan GT-Rand how Cheif Project Officer Kazutoshi Mizuno strived to “fulfill” the promise that they made to enthusiasts to make the current gen GT-R just as beastly and awesome as its predecessors. It’s actually a pretty compelling video even though its only about 5 minutes long. Scroll down and check it out for yourself.
Nissan Announces 11MY Nissan GT-R’s Acceleration Time
YOKOHAMA Japan (December 1, 2010) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the 0-100km/h acceleration time for the 11MY Nissan GT-R.
The acceleration time was measured during the media test ride event held at the Sendai Hi-land Race Way on November 12th, Friday and 13th, Saturday. On both days, the GT-R clocked in with a time of 3.0 seconds.
Date: November 12th, Friday and 13th, Saturday, 2010
Place: Sendai Hi-land Race Way
(12 Nikkawa Hayasaka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
Vehicle used: 11MY Nissan GT-R Pure edition
Specification/accessories: Standard specification (including tires and wheels) without optional parts
Set-up switch: R mode for the suspension and VDC-R
Weather Sunny/Cloudy Sunny/Cloudy
Temperature 14.9°C 18.6°C
The sound of COBB Tuning’s GT-R time attack car is pure music! Check out this in car video of driver Brian Lock’s hot lap of Spring Mountain Motorsports Park at Round 8 of the Redline Time Attack series.
Many of us feel that aerodynamic add-on to the front of any car should be relegated to a simple and tasteful lip spoiler. If you have a GT-R such a thing may be pretty hard to find but there are a few out there. One of my favorites is the VTR front spoiler by Ventross. It is a great alternative to their more aggressive front bumper, it also has a simple clean design, and it is still made with Ventross’ trademark honeycomb dry carbon fiber production methods.
If you’re looking to tighten up your Nissan GT-R’s handling beyond factory levels then you should probably pay a visit to COBB Tuning. They just released these new adjustable end links to help sharpen steering response for various conditions and situations. The best part is they will bolt right up to the OEM sway bar with no modifications needed. The only catch is that COBB did a super limited run of the endlinks and once they’re sold out they will not re-stock. So get them while you can!
While we’re waiting vain for the GT-R Spec-V to reach American soil, Nissan is busy testing out the SpecM. Carscoop shot this spy video of Nissan putting the SpecM through its paces on the Nurburgring in Germany. The exhaust note is music to my ears! Check it out below.
When the new Nissan R35 GT-R was released its transmission became a topic of controversy as some speculated it wasn’t up to the task of all the horsepower Nissan blessed it with. Since then Nissan has addressed the problem but if you want a little more insurance Greddy announced on their blog that they’ve just released a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) cooler for Godzilla. The set up even comes with a special duct to send air to the cooler’s 13-row core. This is good news for GT-R owners out there who like to drive a little harder than the user manual suggests.
Here is a short flick from SP Engineering that features the Nissan R35 twin-turbo kit by Greddy which allowed them to build not one but two record-breaking GT-Rs! Its worth the time to check out; trust me!