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Nissan’s newest beauties tested on track

THIS is a 400-horsepower retro-modern stunner. The Nissan Z is rear-wheel drive goodness on the street and on the racetrack. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF Nissan Philippines

Nissan Philippines recently staged an exclusive event at the Clark International Speedway, offering a unique opportunity for members of the media and content creators to experience two of its most iconic models — the All-New Nissan Z and the New Nissan GT-R.

The event not only allowed attendees to test these high-performance vehicles on the track but also featured a display of heritage cars that traced the evolution of these legendary models through the years.

The event was an interactive experience designed to let attendees feel the power and precision of Nissan’s technical engineering. The All-New Nissan Z, priced at P3,888,000, comes equipped with a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine and is available with either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission.

On the other hand, the New Nissan GT-R, priced at P12,445,000, continues to impress with its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 570 horsepower in its local configuration. The GT-R is renowned for its quick steering, rigid structure, and adjustable suspension, features that have earned it the nickname “Godzilla” over its 15-year lifespan.

Juan Manuel Hoyos, president of Nissan Philippines, emphasized the significance of these models in Nissan’s lineup.

NISSAN is pushing the limits with the R35 GT-R, perfecting the platform until a worthy successor arrives. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF Nissan Philippines

“The All-New Nissan Z and the New Nissan GT-R represent the pinnacle of Nissan’s performance and engineering excellence,” he said. “We are excited to share these exceptional cars with our customers in the Philippines.”

A special exhibit also featured various generations of the Nissan Z and the Nissan GT-R, allowing attendees to explore the design evolution and technological advancements that have kept these cars at the forefront of automotive enthusiasm.

The display effectively highlighted how both models have managed to maintain their appeal over the years, adapting to modern demands while staying true to their roots.

The All-New Nissan Z, for instance, incorporates design elements reminiscent of past models, such as the quarter-panel insignia from the 240Z and LED taillights that mimic the style of the 300ZX of the 1990s.

On top of that, eagle-eyed enthusiasts will also rejoice at the fact that the 19” wheels on the Z are from renowned Japanese wheel manufacturer Rays Engineering.

Meanwhile, the New Nissan GT-R is seeing incremental updates such as increased downforce, further adding to the overall technical strengths of the car, all of which have been honed through the years.

Both cars come with a host of modern amenities to match their performance capabilities. The All-New Nissan Z offers a standard 8.0-inch infotainment display, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, and several standard driver-assistance features, including automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

The New Nissan GT-R is not far behind, featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and active noise cancellation that works together with the 11-speaker Bose sound system.

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