- New racing-inspired 600-horsepower GT-R NISMO offers blistering performance, becomes fourth model in GT-R supercar lineup
- Nissan media event also showcases world debut of Sentra NISMO Concept, a design study in the tradition of previous Nissan performance sedans
- 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO RS completes trio of spotlighted vehicles, offers combination of sporty design and enhanced performance
- "World's fastest man" Usain Bolt joins in announcement activities
LOS ANGELES - Nissan put performance center stage at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show with today's North American debut of the most powerful Nissan GT-R supercar ever, the GT-R NISMO. As the fourth model in the 2015 GT-R lineup, along with the GT-R Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition, the GT-R NISMO features extensive engine, suspension, exterior and interior enhancements. It is scheduled to be available later in 2014, following the January on-sale date of the other 2015 GT-R models.
The GT-R NISMO was one of three performance Nissans revealed today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs from November 22 through December 1, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was joined at a press conference by the world debut of a custom-built Sentra NISMO Concept and the debut of the production version of the new 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO RS.
The press conference also featured a surprise appearance by Usain Bolt, six-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and 100-meter world record holder. Bolt, who owns a special gold-painted Nissan GT-R, assisted Nissan Divisional Vice President, Sales & Marketing Fred Diaz in revealing the new GT-R NISMO. Bolt serves as Nissan's "Director of Excitement."
The Sentra NISMO Concept follows a long line of Nissan small performance sedans such as the original Sentra SE-R. Created strictly as a design study, the Sentra NISMO Concept features a 240-plus horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, NISMO-tuned suspension and steering, custom driver-focused interior, enhanced aerodynamics and large wheels and tires.
Keeping with the NISMO theme, the new Nissan JUKE NISMO RS follows the recent introduction of the JUKE NISMO, with even higher levels of performance and sporty design. Enhancements include additional horsepower and torque - up to 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, a new manual transmission, larger brakes, chassis stiffening and unique RS interior treatments featuring Recaro front seats. It is scheduled to join the popular JUKE lineup in early 2014.
"Nissan has always been the brand that did things differently. Our designs have stretched the envelope over the years," said Diaz. "All Nissan products, just like the new GT-R NISMO, stand out among the competition because they are about the driver first and foremost and about using innovation to transform the driving experience."
NISMO, its vision and name derived from NISsan MOtorsports, has embarked on an aggressive journey to expand its presence beyond the racetrack in key markets around the world. Already a legendary brand among professional and grassroots racers, as well as performance enthusiasts everywhere, NISMO now is applying its near-50 years of engineering experience and expertise to an expanding range of affordable production vehicles. Along with the all-new GT-R NISMO, JUKE NISMO and new JUKE NISMO RS, a 2014 370Z NISMO Coupe is offered at Nissan dealers nationwide.
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About Usain Bolt: www.usainbolt.com
Arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen, Usain St. Leo Bolt, has confirmed his tremendous talents when he realized his dreams by winning a phenomenal three gold medals and breaking three world records at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Bolt became the first man in Olympic history to win both the 100 and 200 metres in world record times and then as part of the 4 X 100 metres team, which also ran a record. In 2012 in London he created history again by successfully defending all three Olympic titles with 100m, 200m and 4X100m victories. The relay was a world record of 36.84 seconds where Bolt was on the anchor leg.
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Product Communications, Nissan North America