At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan pulled the wraps off the IDx Freeflow and the IDx Nismo concepts, two drastically different cars built on the same architecture. As Nissan puts it, the vehicles are the result of “innovative product development methods to meet the needs of younger customers who have novel, exciting ideas, and engage with them to build the cars they want.as a means of getting the youth market interested in their cars.” Strangely, no mention of their obvious design influence — the Datsun 510.
The IDx Freeflow is the more casually dressed sibling, wearing a light khaki exterior hue over a minimalist interior draped in faded denim. A console shifter works a continuously variable transmission, while the leveled dashboard has a throwback feel highlighted by a large analog clock. The IDx Nismo, on the other hand, is modern and sporty, featuring a 1.6 turbo engine linked to a sportier CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode, as well as side mufflers and 225/40 19-inch tires. Inside, there are racing-inspired crimson Alcantra seat covers that contrast nicely against the shiny metal surfaces used throughout the cabin. Check out detailed looks below.
Unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan presents two new concept cars; the first is casual and lifestyle-focused, the IDx Freeflow; the second is the IDx Nismo, an “ultra-sporty model of the future.” The concepts were created to show how Nissan is using new and innovative product development methods to meet the needs of younger customers who have “novel, exciting ideas.” The prefix Nissan gave to the two new concepts, “IDx,” reflects a new relationship between Nissan and its customers. “ID” is the acronym taken from “identification”, relating to the things individuals relate to on a personal level in a car, and the “x,” which is the variable representing the new values and dreams born through communication between the brand and its customers.
Nissan’s long-rumored 2015 GT-R NISMO has finally been officially revealed and we have the photos to prove it. Following its visit to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan is now calling this take the “ultimate iteration” of the supercar, capable of delivering 591 horsepower thanks to several upgrades to its powertrain, with 479 lb-ft of torque, up from 463 lb-ft in the base version. The upgrades are due in large part to the enlarged turbos derived from the GT-R GT3 RaceCar, but other exterior elements are also at play here, including a new rear trunk-mounted spoiler, a front carbon bumber, and a lower front lip. Taken together, the aerodynamics on the GT-R generate over 220 lbs of additional downforce at 186mph. Inside, the cabin also received new carbon-backed Recaro seats, a new steering wheel, and red contrast stitching to match the accents outside. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it’s expected to be under the $200,000 mark. Expect to hear and see plenty more out of this exciting ride.
It looks like Nissan is trying something different when it comes to the driving experience with their recent announcement of the Nissan 3E. No, it’s not a new high tech car or anything like that, but rather a wearable device similar to Google Glass, but for drivers. It is currently still in the development stage, and Nissan states that”the device can be connected to the Internet in real time, allowing the users to overlay acquired information on the glasses, record projected images, and communicate with others by sending information to their glasses.” Whether this is a move to compete with Google Glass remains to be seen or if this will catch on with drivers. I guess we will find out when Nissan debuts the 3E at the Tokyo Motor Show from November 22nd to December. 1st.
Next month’s LA Auto Show will see the debut of the Nissan Juke NISMO RS. Whereas the standard Juke has a 1.6-liter turbo four with 188 horsepower, the Juke RS NISMO is expected to produce horsepower in the range of 270 (courtesy of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine), placing it in between the Juke NISMO, which has a 1.6-liter turbo four with 197 horsepower, and the insane Juke-R, packing a 545-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Little else is known about the model at present, but previous reports have indicated a sporty crossover with a sport-tuned suspension, available in front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission or all-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission.
With its long body, fast-back rear, and 2393cc OHC inline-6 engine, the Nissan Safari Rally Z dominated not only the road, but also the rally races during it short, but sweet run in the early 1970′s. Ever since its founding in 2006, the Nissan Restoration Club has made it a habit to bring back classic Nissan cars back to life and this Fairlady Z (aka Datsun 240Z) is prime for the picking. Led by a 60-member strong volunteer army from Nissan’s R&D department, this dedicated group’s sole mission is to use their free time to see Nissan’s historic racecars fully operational again, with the Rally Z on-tap to be fully operational again by December 2013. This is just the latest in a long-line of successful projects, which includes the 1964 Skyline racecar and 1947 Tama electric vehicle. Until then see pictures of the Safari Rally Z as well as the 1972 Fairlady 240Z in all their original glory after the click.
The smartwatch bandwagon is getting a bit more crowded these days, as we’ve seen new contributions to the field in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony SmartWatch 2. The latest example comes from an unexpected source: the Nismo watch from Nissan, a wearable concept designed to connect drivers to the Japanese automaker’s line of high-performance Nismo vehicles. The watch is connected to the car through Bluetooth Low Energy, using a smartphone app to convey pertinent data like speed and fuel consumption. Additionally, the watch also monitors the driver’s heart rate, as well as an equally important metric — the wearer’s social performance across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It’s all housed in a sleek design using a snap-fit glass band and rechargeable lithium battery said to last seven days with normal use. The Nissan Nismo smartwatch concept is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It looks like Nissan has teamed up with the Star Wars franchise on a special edition of their popular Juke model. We know by now that Japan cannot get enough of its favorite Star Wars characters and see collaborations on a very regular basis. Just yesterday we showed you the new Star Wars x Burton Snowboard Collection.
The official announcement of the new Nissan Juke “Star Wars” Edition will be made on August 26. Watch the teaser video now here above.
From limited edition products, like the SEIKO watch collection, to the countless cosplayers in Stormtrooper outfits parading on the streets of Akihabara, Japan’s love affair with the Star Wars franchise is somewhat fanatical at times. In an effort to capitalize on the legion of Star Wars followers, rumor has it that Nissan created a Star Wars Special Edition vehicle. Based on the funky looking Nissan Juke compact sports utility crossover, the Star Wars Special Edition follows many of the same design elements found on last year’s BATMAN: The Dark Knight Rises x Nissan Juke Nismo one-off. Though no details are available at this time except a 24-second teaser video featuring a squad of Imperial Stormtroopers and the vehicle’s official unveiling date of August 26th.
Nissan has taken the wraps off its Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500, soon to be tearing up the track for the 2014 season of Super GT, which will now be operating under the same technical regulations as the DTM (German Touring Car Championship). Compared to Nissan’s previous Super GT race car, the new model more closely resembles the 545-horsepower street version of the car, which is powered by a 3.8-liter V6. Nissan hasn’t released any specifics, but the 2014 Nissan GTR Nismo GT500 was seen this week conducting a demonstration run at round five of the Super GT series at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit. Check out more looks below.