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Called the GT-R, the new model was snapped by our spies at Germany's Nür-burgring circuit. It was under*going high-speed testing that saw it break the eight-minute barrier for the first time, with a lap of seven minutes, 58 seconds.

Wearing only minor camouflage on the front end and tail, the model is virtually undisguised, and it's immediately obvious just how aggressive it is. Using sharp edges and angles, the stylists have evolved the current car's shape with a recognisable but futuristic design.

And from the low nose to the shark gill-like side air intakes and high rear - complete with its smart boot spoiler and twin circular tail-lights - the GT-R looks stunning. Detailing is beautiful, too, with NACA bonnet ducts and blacked-out A-pillars echoing a jet fighter cockpit. As Skyline enthusiasts will know, the looks aren't only for show. Under the skin, the GT-R packs an incredible punch; its specially built 480bhp 3.8-litre V6 engine features twin turbos tuned by motorsport expert Cosworth.

Keen to make the newcomer competitive with current supercars, as well as the forthcoming V10-powered Lexus LF-A, Nissan engineers have tweaked the V6 to provide boost from 2,000rpm all the way to the 6,000rpm red line.

Compared with the previous model's high-revving straight-six, the new powerplant is said to feel far more torquey, offering throttle response similar to that of a large V8. All this power is sent to the tarmac via a totally fresh four-wheel-drive system.

Details are sketchy, but the set-up won't feature a centre differential, and is likely to use a clever clutch instead. A new six or seven-speed gearbox with two pedals - similar to VW's DSG - will feature, as there will be no manual.

Set to get its official world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in a year's time, the GT-R could go on sale in the UK in 2008 with a price of around £50,000.

See the video on the link below from Thursday.

Not long to wait now:clap: :clap: :clap:

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The jap. engineers would prefer Harakiri, then telling some dumpies the specs of the new GTR.
 

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Lets wait and see...I cant see a GTR without a manual...
Me neither. I really hope there is a manual option. Globally though, I suppose the only place that Nissan would loose sales from not offering a manual would be the UK. It would put me off.

It sound great on the vid posted above.
 

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Im sure if they screw up some tuner will be sending their mechanical monkeys to get one and see what they can retrofit to the car. Would be a real waste of a car without a manual box option. but who knows. I think most people will say its soft and lost its heritage etc etc. But i hope all the tuneing companies start their minds going at possible gearbox conversions :) hard, but i khonw id do it if i got one.
 

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Im sure if they screw up some tuner will be sending their mechanical monkeys to get one and see what they can retrofit to the car. Would be a real waste of a car without a manual box option. but who knows. I think most people will say its soft and lost its heritage etc etc. But i hope all the tuneing companies start their minds going at possible gearbox conversions :) hard, but i khonw id do it if i got one.
Problem is that Nissan & Renault and their teams of accountants, etc. are in control of the development of this car, I fear its a committe developed car (!). Previously the car was made out of passion, really the ENGINEERS built the previous gen GT-R's and it was built as a car for the JDM so it was FOCUSED. Now its all about sales figures into the US so I fear its going to be compromised, bloody automatics and cup holders...

I absolutely hate paddle shifts, no matter what you call them, on the 360 Ferrari they tried to hide that it was an 'automatic' by calling it an F1 box, on the Lambo they call it the 'E-Gear'. Yeh right, just give me a 6-speed manual please. Seems like they want to engineer out the driver! Sure it may be quicker for a computer to switch the cogs for me when I press the paddles behind the steering wheel but its just not as much fun, I feel like I'm loosing control, I like the clutch, I want to do the rev matching myself, whats next? a digital display instead of a windscreen? May as well be a Playstation game.... Sigh....

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