Nissan Half-Ton Crew Cab Starts Shy of 36 Grand

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Nissan has announced pricing for its new, regular-duty (non-XD) Titan pickups, and they range from $1510 to $2530 less than the corresponding XD models. The half-ton Titan’s trim levels exactly mirror those of the beefier XD, ascending from S to SV to SL and then to Platinum Reserve—all with rear- or four-wheel drive. A 4×4-only Pro4X model also is available. All regular-duty Titans come with Nissan’s revised 5.6-liter V-8, making 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, same as in the gasoline-powered XD. The S base price will start at $35,975 for a rear-wheel-drive, S-model Crew Cab. Four-wheel drive adds $3030. Next up is the SV, at $38,865, with the 4×4 again requiring an additional $3030. The SL rings in at $47,575 with four-wheel drive here adding $3080. The top-spec Platinum Reserve commands $53,505, and $3090 more if you want four-wheel drive. The Pro4X model is four-wheel-drive only, at $46,215. The above prices are for the Crew Cab body style, so they won’t represent the very cheapest way to get into a Titan. Nissan has not yet released pricing for the recently unveiled single-cab version (an old-school two-door), although that fleet-oriented model will be less expensive. In between, the company will add a King Cab body style, but that Titan variant has yet to make its debut.

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Nissan also announced pricing for the 2017 Titan XD, powered by the gasoline engine—again for the Crew Cab only. Here, the S starts at $37,485; the SV at $41,395; the SL at $49,655; and the Platinum Reserve at $55,025. Add between $2980 and $3080 for four-wheel drive. The 4×4 Pro4X is $48,375. Nissan has not released 2017 pricing for the XD diesel, but the 2016-model diesels were $5000 more than their gasoline-drinking equivalents. In one final bit of 2017 Titan news, Nissan is extending the five-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty currently offered on its commercial vans to Titan pickups as well. That puts Nissan ahead of the bumper-to-bumper coverage offered by the other four full-size-pickup manufacturers (all with three-year/36,000-mile coverage) and ahead of Toyota, Ford, and General Motors for powertrain (they’re all at five years/60,000 miles). GM’s heavy-duty diesel-powered pickups and all Ram pickups match the Nissan powertrain coverage, however, at five years/100,000 miles.

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Nissan Bladeglider concept previews radical electric sports car

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Nissan has provided a further hint that it could produce a radical electric sports car by unveiling a new development of its Bladeglider concept.

A pair of new Nissan Bladeglider show cars are being displayed in two configurations at an event in Brazil to mark the start of the Rio Olympic Games. They mark a clear evolution from the original Bladeglider, which made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, by including a fully electric powertrain and a more realistic cabin – although the radical three-seat layout remains.

Nissan says the new Bladeglider is “an exciting, real-life study into the potential of advanced EV performance”. The car is fully electric, with a powertrain developed by Nissan’s partner for the project, Didcot-based Williams Advanced Engineering. The Bladeglider has a 220kW lithium-ion battery, supplying electricity to a pair of 130kW electric motors – one on each of the rear wheels.

The entire vehicle is 4,300mm long – so slightly shorter than a Ford Focus. It’s slightly wider than that family hatch too, at 1,850mm, but the Bladeglider’s roofline sits more than 15 centimetres lower than the Ford’s, at just 1,300mm.

The Bladeglider is not particularly light, at 1,300kg – around the same as a pure-electric BMW i3. Williams Advanced Engineering is said to have recorded performance figures for the new Nissan, posting a top speed “in excess of 190km/h (118mph)” and a 0-62mph time of “less than five seconds”.

Inside, the evolved Bladeglider gets more functional fabric seats than its predecessor, and a revised dashboard layout that mixes four screens – one at either side of the facia, one in the centre and one mounted within the steering wheel itself. The wheel contains a rotary controller, similar to Ferrari’s Mannetino, which appears to select Neutral, Reverse or a couple of Drive modes. Nissan has revealed that the Bladeglider’s torque vectoring system – which can send torque to the outside wheel to prevent understeering in corners – will have three settings: off, agile and ‘drift mode’.

Will there be a Bladeglider production car?

The new concept is likely to reignite speculation that Nissan is considering building a production version of the Bladeglider – not least because in official correspondence about the new vehicles, Nissan refers to them as “working protoypes” instead of pure concepts. When the original car made its debut, Nissan’s then-vice-president Andy Palmer revealed that he’d driven a test mule for the car based on an Ariel Atom.

Following Palmer’s departure to Aston Martin, and the abandonment of a Nissan Le Mans project that used the Bladeglider’s radically narrow front track, senior Nissan figures were much cooler on the prospect of the concept making production and it seems the Bladeglider is more of a toe in the water.

Nissan’s global head of marketing and brand strategy Roel de Vries insisted that the Bladeglider is not earmarked for production in the short term – but admitted the firm was hoping to use the new prototypes to learn more about potential market demand for an electric sports car.

“We have to be clear: Bladeglider is not going to end up in production within the next two or three years,” he said. “However, it is a definite step on from the original concept, in that a concept doesn’t have to consider the practicalities of manufacturing or the technologies involved. By working with Williams and developing these working prototypes, we’ve been able to test the technology and also see how close we could keep the design to the original idea.

“Nissan is committed to EVs making up a large part of its model range and alongside another Leaf, we are looking at where we can add more electric cars to our line-up. The next step would be to have them in another volume sector, which probably isn’t sports cars. But there is an EV image to consider here too.”

Top-10 oldest new cars you can buy

Although most models are treated to a thorough refresh every few years, there are cars that haven’t been treated to a substantial update since they first went on sale.

Just because they aren’t the latest and greatest though, doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. There are some advantages to buying something that’s been around a while. For one, the car maker would have worked out all of the model’s foibles, but also with a long production cycle there should be a good supply of parts. With this in mind we scoured the new car price lists to find the ten best oldest models you can buy now.

1.Land Rover Defender

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With production ceasing in the UK this year, the Defender just makes our cut. Although it has changed substantially over the decades, it’s visually, conceptually and philosophically close to the 90 and 110 it replaced in 1984. The pick-up version even shares a component with the 1948 version.

It’s crude and noisy by modern standards, but it’s the epitome of ruggedness, strength and capability. To acknowledge the car’s passing, Land Rover launched three special editions priced from £27,800 which will be available to buy from August – the last chance you’ll get to buy a current Defender in England. Although rumours are, there is an all-new Defender coming next year.

Launched in 1984.

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The fastest GT-R in the world.


New beast from Ekanoo racing. 

A man from San Fran called Gideon ‘Gidi’ Chamdi also wants to have his name engraved on the ultimate internet totem pole: the world’s fastest and most powerful Nissan GT-R.

EKanoo Racing’s GT-R has 2,000bhp, Gidi, with the help of AMS Performance, is going for 2,500bhp. Before you snub them, the partnership have quite a strong record for building ballistically fast cars.
Alpha G’s predecessor, Alpha 20, was a well-renowned GT-R in American drag racing circles. It won many events and famously made a 7.94 second run to win the elite TX2K15 drag race.

That was before it was written off by dropping oil and going straight into a concrete barrier. Oopsie. 


The car was a write-off, but thankfully Gidi was OK. Well enough in fact to go and claim the record for the world’s fastest Lamborghini after running a half mile at 234.86 mph in his Underground Racing prepared twin-turbo Gallardo.

But his latest GT-R wants to blow both of these cars out of the water. The target is 2500bhp, making it the most powerful GT-R build ever. That power will be thanks to a VR38 Billet Version 2 engine block (the one in the pics is a dummy) and two monstrous, forward facing Garrett GTX Turbos.

10 Best Off-Road Vehicles

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Modern trucks and SUVs have gotten more comfortable on a day-to-day basis, but they have also gained considerable off-road capability as technological and engineering advances have helped to create virtually unstoppable four-wheel drive systems buttressed by electronic driver’s aides. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to sample some of the best off-road vehicles currently available, but if you want to, there are certainly top-dollar models out there that happily pair up luxury and a go-anywhere attitude. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best off-road vehicles that money can buy.

1) 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

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The 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X mid-size pickup truck is a great all-around package for those who are interested in leaving the asphalt behind. The Nissan Frontier PRO-4X package includes Bilstein off-road dampers, skid plates to protect delicate components underneath the chassis, a locking differential out back, knobby BFGoodrich tires, and, of course, four-wheel drive. All versions of the PRO-4X Nissan come with a robust 4.0-liter V-6 engine that generates 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, yoked to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Examples equipped with the automatic gearbox also have the option adding on hill descent control and hill start assist features.

2) 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

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The Toyota 4runner is pretty capable of getting you where you want to go, but the TRD Pro was designed specifically for those who are serious about their off-road adventuring. It’s powered by the everyday Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V-6, which puts out a capable 270 horsepower and is paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode. The TRD Pro’s off-road credentials are real, though, thanks to a locking rear differential, a terrain select system, crawl control, lifted front suspension, and upgraded Bilstein shock absorbers.

3) 2016 Jeep Wrangler

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The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of off-road SUVs, with even the base model’s solid front axles, excellent ground clearance, and standard four-wheel drive making it a formidable trail master. Upgrading to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, however, introduces the vehicle’s most capable four-wheel drive system with a Rock-Trac transfer case, the strongest available axles front and rear, locking differentials, and the ability to disconnect the front sway bar electronically in order to improve suspension articulation. Power is derived from a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 285 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque, and buyers can choose between either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is available in coupe and Unlimited four-door body styles.

4) 2016 Ford F-150

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The 2016 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is designed around a lightweight aluminum body with glued and riveted panels, over a high-strength steel frame. If it doesn’t sound that durable, well, Ford used to make Land Rovers with a similar procedure. The 2016 F-150 offers a choice of four drivetrains, all of which are mated to six-speed automatic gearboxes. The FX4 package adds upgraded shocks, skid plates, and an electronically locking rear axle for off-road chops. Not tough enough for you? Just wait for the F-150 SVT Raptor edition to make its highly anticipated reappearance, due later this year.

5) 2016 Land Rover LR4

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The 2016 Land Rover LR4 is a staple amongst families shopping for a luxury SUV, but the mid-size vehicle does far more than just coddle occupants. The Land Rover LR4 is a formidable trail weapon thanks to its relatively short wheelbase and its advanced full-time four-wheel drive system, which comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response feature that can automatically adjust a wide range of vehicle parameters to specifically handle mud, snow, gravel, and rocks. A locking rear differential can also be added to the LR4’s list of features, and the vehicle’s air suspension system is adaptable to the driving conditions that the Land Rover is facing. All versions of the SUV are powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that is good for 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

6) 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X

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The 2015 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X is frequently lauded for combining a tough, full-frame, off-road ready platform with the kind of daily driving manners that make it a viable commuter option. The Nissan Xterra PRO-4X enhances the mid-size SUV’s prowess by way of installing special tires and wheels, adding hill start assistance and a hill descent control feature, providing a locking rear differential, and offering additional exterior lighting. Four-wheel drive is of course a major component of the PRO-4X’s personality, and a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 (that is also good for 281 lb-ft of twist) is included free of charge with the Xterra. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic. Though the Xterra was discontinued for the 2016 model year, it’s worth looking around for a leftover 2015 model.

7) 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is another high-dollar off-road contender. The Toyota Land Cruiser is the priciest vehicle in the Japanese brand’s fleet, and it offers no options (everything is standard), but in addition to its three rows of cushy seating, it also offers a full-time four-wheel drive system, excellent ground clearance, an adaptive suspension system, the Multi-Terrain Select feature for handling a range of different driving conditions, and a crawl control system that allows the vehicle to creep forward while negotiating tricky situations. Off-Road Turn assist uses the brakes on the inside wheels during a tight turn to help better rotate the big vehicle. The Land Cruiser is outfitted with a 5.7-liter V-8 that is good for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

8) 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

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The 2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a serious three-quarter ton full-size pickup that makes use of an extremely aggressive rear axle ratio, locking differentials, a tough four-wheel drive system, a factory winch, skid plates, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, and the ability to disconnect the front swaybar from inside the cabin. The Ram Power Wagon is a throwback to the days when one could spec out a heavy-duty truck to tackle the great wide open. A 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is the only engine available with the Power Wagon, and it delivers 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission handling the gear-shifting duties and a Fuel Saver Technology feature for those breaks between climbs. (2015 model pictured.)

9) 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only a comfy people mover, but it also maintains Jeep’s high standards for off-road capability. The Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the choice of three different four-wheel drive systems, although hardcore drivers will want to go for the Quadra-Drive II edition which offers Selec-Terrain (for configuring engine, transmission, stability, and traction control parameters for a particular type of driving situation) as well as an air suspension with adjustable ride height and a pair of locking differentials. The Grand Cherokee can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 putting out 290 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque or a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that also generates a respectable 390 lb-ft of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

10) 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the most expensive vehicle on this list, and it’s also the only one that was originally based on a military transporter. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class looks like a big box on wheels, and its upright charm conceals a host of serious off-road features, such as three locking differentials, a full-time four-wheel drive system with low-range capability, and exceptional departure and approach angles. The luxury-laden G-Class makes use of a 416-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that also develops 450 lb-ft of torque, and it comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The AMG G63 version offers a twin-turbocharged V-8 that boasts 563 horsepower, and the new-for-2016 AMG G65 boasts 621 horsepower from its twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12

LIBERTY WALK NISSAN GT-R

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With 639bhp, 20-inch Rotiform SNA 3-piece wheels, Toyo R888 tyres and an Armytrix titanium exhaust system, this Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R packs a serious punch!

TECH SPEC: LIBERTY WALK NISSAN R35 GT-R

TUNING:

VR38DETT 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6

Armytrix full titanium exhaust system Trust/Greddy Airinx filters and intercooler/hard pipes, remapped ECU, power rated at 639bhp

CHASSIS:

Air Lift Performance Nissan R35 threaded body air suspension kit, 20in Rotiform SNA 3-piece wheels one side, 20-inch LB Works the other, Toyo Proxes R888 285/35ZR20 front, 315/30ZR20 rear.

INTERIOR:

Full newing custom leather interior.

EXTERIOR:

LBWORKS wide body kit comprising of front bumper, front & rear overfenders, rear diffuser, swan neck rear wing.

Top 10 Fastest Sedans to 60 MPH

Some cars are comfortable, some cars are efficient and some cars, usually the exciting ones are fast. But for many, a fast car usually means something impractical, like a coupe or mid-engined car that can’t be driven all year long, or with the rest of your family with you.But here’s a list of the fastest sedans that are capable of hitting 60 mph in four seconds or less.
10. Mercedes C 63 AMG 4.0 seconds


The new Mercedes C63 AMG manages to hit 60 mph in 4 seconds thanks to its twin turbo, 4.0-liter V8 engine that makes a whopping 469 hp, while the more powerful C 63 AMG S puts out 503 hp and makes the sprint in 3.9 seconds. The engine which is borrowed from the awesome Mercedes AMG GT is mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission which delivers quick shifts to help net that four-second to 60 time. That much performance starts at just $64,825.
9. Cadillac ATS-V: 3.9 seconds

Cadillac has been hard at work making a competitor to the fearsome BMW M3 and M4. The result is the new ATS-V, which uses a twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 455 horsepower. The wonderful people at Cadillac even included an old school six-speed manual transmission, but gave it automatic rev-matching down shifts and no-lift full throttle upshifts. Combine that with the ATS-V’s launch control, and it’s no wonder this rear-wheel drive marvel can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

8. Audi S8: 3.9 seconds


While the first two cars on the list were smaller sport sedans, this third car is massive in comparison. The executive sized Audi S8 uses a turbocharged V8 engine that makes 520 hp. Unlike the earlier cars on the list, the Audi uses an all-wheel drive system to help it get off the line quickly and get a 3.9-second 0-60 time. If you want all that speed and space it’ll cost you $115,825.

7. Charger Hellcat 3.7 seconds


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We can’t get enough of the Dodge Charger Hellcat. From the impressive 707 hp output from its supercharged V8 to the intoxicating noises it makes at full-tilt, this car is simply awesome. It also has a top speed of 204 miles per hour and a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified, quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires. Zero to 60 in this wildcat happens in a mere 3.7 seconds.

 6. Cadillac CTS-V 3.7 seconds


The second Cadillac on this list is the CTS-V, which packs a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood. This force-fed beast of an engine puts out 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque, allowing the CTS-V to hit a top speed of 200 mph. Of course, this list is all about the 60 mph sprint, which the CTS-V handles with ease in about 3.7 seconds.

4. (tie) Alpina B6 Gran Coupe: 3.6 second


Alpina is a tuner that works exclusively with BMW, to deliver cars that are faster and more interesting than what BMW could do on their own. The B6 is based on a BMW 6 series and uses a tuned 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 that makes 600 hp. That much juice goes to the road through BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, allowing for a 0-62 mph time of 3.6 seconds. That kind of performance makes it the fastest accelerating car Alpina has ever put out.

4. (tie) Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG S 4Matic: 3.6 seconds

Unlike the AMG powered C-Class that we featured earlier on this list, the CLS sports all-wheel drive, which helps cut its 0-60 time down to an impressive 3.6 seconds. Power comes from a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8, which makes 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. With power like that, the CLS can hit an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

 3. Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG S: 3.5 seconds


A car that’s slightly smaller than the CLS 63, the all-wheel drive Mercedes E 63 AMG S manages to hit 60 mph a tenth of a second sooner than its big brother. It uses the same 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 577 hp, and has the same electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, so it’s likely that the smaller size of the E-Class is what makes it that much quicker.

 2. Tesla Model S P85D: 3.2 seconds


There’s something wonderfully sci-fi about a sedan as big as the Tesla Model S being able to hit sixty miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds, all without emitting any noise or using any gas. With its 691 total horsepower, divided between its front and rear motors, the Model S is a rolling weapon that’s built to tear up the road.

1. Nissan Juke-R: 3.0 seconds


Okay, so what if it’s not really a sedan, the Godzilla powered Nissan Juke-R makes the sprint to 60 in an insane 3.0 seconds. With a price tag of around $665,000, the Juke-R is clearly the most expensive car on this list, but that’s likely due to its exclusiveness. All are custom built and sport the 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 and all-wheel drive setup that’s found in the impressive GT-R, but in a smaller package.