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Nissan teasing GT-R for New York Auto Show

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Nissan have released a teaser image of what can only be the back end of a Nissan GT-R ready for the New York International Auto Show. We say ‘can only be’ because Nissan haven’t actually said anything about it yet, just that there will be something to see on March 23 at their media event.

There is only one car in Nissan’s stable that has a rear like this. The four round lights have been a familiar sight on the back of Nissan performance cars since the early days of the Skyline and probably before. Despite regular updates to the now 8 year old design, these lights have remained. It looks like they will survive this update too.

Pretty much every year since its launch over here in 2008, the Nissan GT-R has seen some kind of update. While the shape has remained largely the same, minor appearance upgrades have featured regularly. As have engine, mechanical and technical upgrades. While this particular model might be a bit long in the tooth, nobody could accuse Nissan of resting on their laurels.

2016 Nissan GT-R
The 2016 Nissan GT-R is a giant killer. Capable of annihilating cars that cost twice as much without breaking a sweat. It’s also capable of driving sensibly around the city and works almost as well as a daily commuter.

The design is muscular without being overbearing. The angled headlights make a very friendly front end while the big vents hint at something fire-breathing under the hood. A low air splitter and minimal ground clearance gives an indication that this isn’t your normal car while the understated GT-R badge in the grille tells you nothing unless you’re close enough to read it.

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is a coupe with a lot to say. Once you get to the profile, you see a set of big alloy wheels, sloped roof and rear spoiler spread around some pretty sharp angles. It is handsome rather than beautiful and we’re okay with that.

Inside is where the true intent of the GT-R can be found. There is little room for refinement or luxury. There are no swathes of leather and chrome trim. It’s all about the performance. Bucket seats, driver-oriented controls and lots of buttons to play with are just the start.

Under the hood is a 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 that delivers 550 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. It uses a six speed semi-automatic transmission to send power to all wheels. The Nismo version of the GT-R uses the same engine but gets 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.

The 2016 Nissan GT-R is a performance car that anyone can drive. Designed to be calm when you need it to be and to let rip when you want it to. We can’t wait to see what Nissan have in store in New York!

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