Nissan to introduce 10 models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 28, 2011

Nissan will introduce 10 different models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon that takes place on January 13-15, at the Makuhari Messe exhibition hall in Chiba prefecture. It’s to be expected that plenty of exciting models will be displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the counterpart of SEMA in Japan.

The GT-R supercar and 370Z sports car are a couple of the models that have been shown previously. Just like what it has done in the past, Nissan will be presenting a variety of tuned mobiles.

This lineup of 10 models includes the high-performing supercars, the zero-emission electric cars, and some modified commercial vans. The undisputed draw at the Nissan’s stands would be the new 2013 GT-R, which will come with the Japanese-spec Track Pack.

There will even be an area dedicated to the Nismo cars. Nissan will push its performance brand by displaying several of the brand’s motorsport-inspired models such as the newly unveiled Juke Nismo and Leaf Nismo concept cars and even the newest 370Z Nismo model.

Nissan’s lineup of modified commercial vehicles includes the NV350 Caravan Rider, a customized van with a ride height that’s taller than the typical height, the Elgrand Rider, another van that is equipped a tuned engine, suspension and body, and the Serena Rider van, which will also get some suspension modifications. Two Nissan race cars will also be put on display. These are the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R from the 2011 Super GT series and the Leaf Nismo RC prototype electric racer.

Fans and enthusiasts of the iconic Nissan GT-R rejoice! The 2013 Nissan GT-R (2014 GT-R for the United States) is coming to Japan and Europe packed with superior performance in terms of handing, response times and stability. Its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine – developing up to 550PS of output – has been reworked to deliver greater responses from the mid and upper rpm ranges.

Nissan also modified the car’s dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar to increase its stability during high speeds, further refine its ride, and improve its traction – all resulting to greater driver experience. With these modifications, the 2013 Nissan GT-R could sprint from zero to 62mph (0-100km/h) in just 2.7 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than its predecessor.

Moreover, the new Nissan GT-R is faster than its predecessor in the Nürburgring circuit, clocking 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds during testing in May 2012. GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno disclosed that since 0.5 second was lost to traffic during that test, the new GT-R could actually clock 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, significantly faster than the lap time of 7 minutes 21 seconds of the 2012 GT-R.

As usual, the GT-R is a true showcase of Nissan's latest technology, with the modifications derived from data generated at the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race in Germany, during which two near-production GT-R models were fielded. This four-wheel-drive super-coupé boasts of a lineage dating back over four decades ago. Its debut was phenomenal enough that it received rave reviews.

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