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Nissan Skyline GT-8

Nissan is on the move! The company that's aiming to be the world's most technologically advanced car builder is set to stun drivers with its first eight-speed gearbox. Fitted to the all-new Skyline 350 GT-8, the system debuts in Japan next week - and Auto Express was first to try it out.
Powered by the same 280bhp 3.5-litre V6 as the upcoming 350Z coupe, the 350 GT-8 will be the new flagship in Nissan's BMW 3-Series-rivalling Skyline range. Its gearbox is a development of the revolutionary six-speed CVT on the new Primera driven in Issue 640.

While the Primera's CVT is incredibly smooth, the GT-8 takes the experience further, adding two gears, narrowing the ratios substantially and speeding up the car's throttle response. It takes only 0.2 seconds to switch between ratios, so gear selection happens as fast as you can click your fingers. The CVT is also perfectly matched to the V6, giving the 350 GT-8 loads of low to mid-range torque and superb acceleration across the power band, as well as an exhaust note that sounds more V8 than V6. Put simply, it's a driving enthusiast's delight.

As the miles pile on, you can't help wondering if eight gears are necessary, but Nissan has high hopes for the new system nevertheless - including secret plans to fit it to the new 350Z, driven by Auto Express in Issue 678. It is also being assessed for compatibility with the next GT-R, seen as a concept at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. This 4WD supercar is said to be scheduled for production in early 2004. An eight-speed box may be over-the-top for day-to-day use but, when fitted to a proper sports car, it would add a dimension of appeal and control not currently offered. We wait in hope that Nissan decides to bring the car and its technology here.

There's no doubt the Nissan 350 GT-8 is a fine driver's car. Its eight-speed CVT demonstrates the firm's hi-tech expertise and offers an exciting taste of things to come.

At a glance

* Skyline 350 GT-8 launched next week, with 280bhp 3.5-litre V6

* Boasts first ever eight-speed CVT on a road car and showcases future Nissan innovations


mmmmmmmm 8speed box !!!:D :D
 

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I'm not too convinced with these CVT-type "sequentials." I had a go on a Punto with a 7 "gear" CVT 'box and it was nothing special. The thing is that these systems are more similar to autos than to good old mechanical gears. The so called "speeds" are actually programmed ratios, which engage a specific setting for the 2 pulleys working in conjunction with a belt or chain. This in turn gives the senstaion of engaiging an actual gear...but in reality it feels slightly weird. I just hope this is not what is being planned for the next GTR!!:rolleyes: ....think about it...a 400bhp+ GTR with a scooter derived transmission system!:eek:
 

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8 speed? even the Veyron dont come with an 8speed box!
 

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I see that Nissan are using the Skyline name for this car but this is not a Skyline in the GTR mould. It is a medium sized saloon in the BMW3 series /Lexus is200 bracket.
Will the R35 still be a badged a Skyline ?
 

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If thats the case , some thought should be given by Joss to whether the site needs to be renamed !:eek:
 

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Change our name.

Joss,

Surley not.:eek:
You can't change our name.:(
For the time being, well next five years, I'd imagine the
vast majority of us will still be in Skyline GT-R's.

You didn't loose the GT-R when GT-S owners started contributing.

And by the looks of things, the new cars won't compare to our highly tuneable,
straight six, Bi-turbo, manual geared, RB26DETT powered and exclusive cars.

It just won't be the same. I have to start a faction group.

'The Register of Skyline GT-R's'

or

'The Popular Peoples Front of GT-R'.

Yea, that sounds good.:D
 
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