This Godzilla just got beefier.
Nissan Philippines has officially launched its souped-up 2018 GT-R NISMO in the country. This comes as an upgrade to the already-powerful GT-R under the company’s in-house tuning and motorsports division.
Introduced by Chief Product Specialist for GT-R Hiroshi Tamura, he mentioned that they made modifications to the body to make it more rigid and aerodynamic. It’s also seen as a refresh in design with a bunch of carbon fiber slapped on. We have the new bumper up front, side sills, and rear bumper all made of carbon fiber to make things lightweight.
The GT-R NISMO stands on lightweight 20-inch forged-alloy RAYS wheels that have knurled beads inside to keep them from slipping even under hard acceleration.
At its rear, the story of carbon fiber continues to the new spoiler, ditching the previous smaller wing. The trunk lid is made using the same material just to shave off a few precious pounds.
The new GT-R is packing a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine that outputs an increased 600PS of power. This is then mated with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, the company’s ATTESA ET-S all-wheel drive, and finally, a Brembo system to bring you to a halt.
Stepping inside, you’ll be welcomed with more of NISMO’s niceties. Recaro racing seats are installed up front which are then accented with red suede synthetic inserts. The same color scheme bleeds throughout the interior and is evident in the new NISMO Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2018 GT-R NISMO will be available in the Philippines with a price tag of PhP 13,200,000 (US$ 258,852).
General Motors unveils a flying Cadillac taxi concept
Personal taxis of the future may look like this
CES 2021 continues to wow everyone with the launching of new products and the unveiling of concept products that could become a reality one day. One such concept product showed at CES is the flying Cadillac taxi concept by General Motors (GM).
The flying taxi concept is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, eliminating the need for any runway. Based on the exhibit by GM, it is a single-seater with eight coaxial rotors on the side. The vehicle will also operate autonomously with an electric motor and a 90-kWh battery powering it. The motor also enables the flying taxi to speed up to 56 mph.
Further details about the Cadillac flying taxi are scarce beyond these basic specifications. GM says that this concept is part of its “multi-modal future”: the taxi will act as a personal ferry between two points. Upon arriving at these points, a person can take another electric vehicle to carry them to their destination.
The flying taxi is also a part of GM’s new Ultium platform, which is its in-house solution for EV fleets. As for real-world availability, GM hasn’t disclosed anything so the final product may look drastically different than this one. However, it still is a cool concept that could bode well in the future.
Apple and Hyundai are partnering for an electric car in 2024
For years, the enigmatic Apple Car has popped in and out of the limelight. Merely because of the volume of reports, the company is certainly working on a vehicle for the future. Finally, the rumored vehicle gets some much-needed confirmation. After several reports, Apple and Hyundai are partnering for an electric car in 2024.
Late last week, an ambiguous rumor reported as much. According to a South Korean outlet, both companies were reportedly in early talks for such a partnership. At the time, the electric car was supposedly entering production in 2027. However, both Apple and Hyundai denied the rumors, casting the report in doubt.
Today, however, a new report has updated last week’s seemingly debunked rumor, as reported by Reuters. This time, Korea IT News, a South Korean newspaper, confirmed the upcoming partnership of the two companies. Apple and Hyundai will reportedly ink the deal by March this year. And, instead of a 2027 deadline, the Apple Car will enter production by 2024.
Again, both companies have refused to comment on the potential partnership. Soon after, the newspaper removed the 2024 anticipated date. According to the same report, Apple and Hyundai will create and release a beta version of the vehicle next year.
Besides their iconic iPhones, Apple has dabbled in other industries over the past few years. For example, the company successfully released an Apple Card, its entry in the fintech industry.
Nissan offers exclusive discounts, low downpayment on select models
Save up to PhP 430,000 on your next Nissan purchase!
Getting your first car is tempting this holiday season. Nissan has just extended its Safer Drives and Deals promo until December 31, offering exclusive discounts and savings on select models.
You can avail of up to PhP 430,000 discount when you buy a brand-new Nissan Patrol, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Terra, Nissan Sylphy, Nissan Urvan, and Nissan Almera. Through Nissan’s financing program, you can also benefit from monthly offers such as PhP 5,769 downpayment with 0% interest for up to 24 months, or free amortization for up to 6 months on select vehicles.
Select variants of Nissan Navara also come with cash savings of up to PhP 185,000. Also bundled on this exclusive offer is a free bedliner accessory. However, this exclusive offer is only available through Nissan’s financing program.
If you are paying through cash though, you can still take advantage of cash discounts for other Nissan models. You can save up to PhP 330,000 on select variants of Nissan Patrol, Terra, X-Trail, Sylphy, Navara, Urvan, and Almera.
Meanwhile, an all-in low downpayment option for as low as PhP 28,000 is available for Nissan Almera, Sylphy, X-Trail, Terra, Navara, and Urvan. Downpayment options are available through select partner banks of authorized Nissan dealers.
Tempted to get a Nissan car already? Visit Nissan Philippines’ website for more information on their latest promo.
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