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New South Wales Police has unveiled the latest edition to its crime-fighting squad: the V8-powered Lexus RC F. The Japanese high-performance coupe has been provided on loan to NSW Police by Lexus Australia as part of a campaign aimed at promoting safer roads and increasing community engagement. Unlike the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 that was loaned to Victoria Police as a bonafide highway patrol vehicle - a rare arrangement - the the RC F will be confined to promotional duties for the duration of its stay. Among the RC Fs duties will be appearances at motorsport events, including this past weekends Bathurst Six Hour, where it was used as a race control vehicle to open and close the circuit.
Based in Wollongong, the RC F will primarily service NSWs southern region, getting maximum exposure in roadside campaigns and will travel as far west as Goulburn. Inspector Jim Fryday of the NSW Police's Southern Region says the RC F will be a useful tool in the fight to create safer NSW roads. "The RC F will be a major help in our efforts to engage with the public at major gatherings around the state. "There will be further opportunities at motorsport events to communicate our message to race fans while showing off the RC F in a very appropriate setting, Fryday said.
Under the RC Fs bonnet lies a 5.0-litre V8 engine pumping out 351kW of power and 530Nm of torque, coupled with an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. On the power front, the RC F trumps highway patrol mainstays in the Commodore SS-V and the Ford FG Falcon XR6 Turbo, which produce 304kW/570Nm and 270kW/533Nm, respectively. Lexus Australia chief executive, Peter McGregor, says the manufacturer is happy to assist NSW Police in a project they think the public will enjoy" It gives us great pleasure to provide the NSW Police with a stunning RC F coupe to assist them with their important task of promoting safety on our roads - a critical issue for all road users as we enter the Easter Period and colder months of the year," Mcgregor said.
The Nissan GT-R has been heavily revised for the 2017 model year, with the new car unveiled at this week's 2016 New York International motor show. Extensive exterior updates, a new interior and a 15kW power increase headline the most significant update since the car was launched in 2007, with Australia now due to receive the Premium Edition and Nismo-tuned Track Edition from September 2016.
At the front, the GT-R gets a larger grille aperture to help cooling, a newly designed bonnet and a reshaped front bar that give the big Nissan a more aggressive face, all while contributing to aerodynamic downforce. Wider sills lead into an updated rear end that keeps the trademark 'stove top' tail lamps but raises the rear diffuser and valance to create a wider looking rump - if that is at all possible.
Inside though, are where the most noticeable changes reside. A completely new 'horizontal flow' dashboard and driver oriented console present a more modern and simplified instrument array. There is a new eight-inch touch screen and console-mounted control device that drive revised infotainment and vehicle management software.
One area wherethe GT-R was often criticized, the shift-paddles mounted on the steering-column, has been addressed. These are now fixed to the wheel. Under the bonnet, power from the twin-turbo V6 is up 15kW and torque up 4Nm to 419kW and 632Nm.The output improvements come from increased boost through the turbos and improved ignition timing control.
The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised, to provide faster gear changes and less of that 'trucky' idle noise the GT-R is known for. Speaking of noise, there are new titanium mufflers and a sound-simulation system (ASE: Active Sound Enhancement) to help make the 2017 GT-R sound as mean as it looks.
Handling hasn't been overlooked, with new suspension, rigidity improvements and new, 20-inch Y-spoke wheels all working to deliver the famous tarmac-chewing GT-R performance. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the outer limits", says Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R. "Its even more potent than before. At the same time, more refinement has been added to take the entire driving experience to an entirely new level."Were proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history."
Local pricing and specification of the 2017 Nissan GT-R in Australia have not yet been announced.
To celebrate the launch of an updated Nissan GT-R at the 2016 New York auto show, the company dedicated its stage in the Big Apple to its one true supercar, with one model from every generation on display.
1969 C10 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
The original GT-R branded Skyline sports car, the 2000GT-R featured bolt-on rear-wheel arch flares, and aggressive spoilers at the front and rear.Under the bonnet there's a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated straight-six developing 118kW at 7000rpm and 177Nm at 5600rpm. That was enough to enable the 1120kg rear-wheel drive coupe to cover the standing 400m in 16.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 200km/h.
1973 C110 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
For the next-generation 2000GT-R, the coupe once again employed 2.0-litre straight-six S20 engine. Maximum power and torque outputs were unchanged, but the motor had to lug around an extra 20 kilograms of weight.While it may have been a smidge slower, stopping power was improved by the use of disc brakes on all four wheels. The C110 is the rarest of all GT-R generations, as production was stopped after just 200 units because of stricter emissions regulations in Japan.
1989 R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
After a 16 year hiatus, the GT-R badge was dusted off for the eighth-generation Skyline. Motivation came via a 2.6-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine with 353Nm of torque at 4400rpm. In accordance with a gentleman's agreement amongst Japanese manufacturers, the GT-R is said to have only 206kW at 6800rpm.To ensure that not a single Newton metre is wasted, the R32 GT-R featured an advanced electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system with front-to-rear active torque splitting capability, dubbed ATTESA E-TS.Made for racing, the R32 Skyline GT-R holds the honour of never losing a race in the All Japan Championships. Oh, and it also won the 1991 and 1992 Bathurst 1000 races, much the chagrin of Ford and Holden fans who Jim Richards famously decried as a "pack of a&!holes". The controversy surrounding its victory at Bathurst, and dominance of the Australian Touring Car Championship, lead to the GT-R being effectively frozen out via rule changes.Australia was one of the few overseas markets to officially sell the R32 Skyline GT-R, with just 100 imported.
1995 R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The R33 Skyline was a markedly larger vehicle, and the GT-R's weight jumped from 1430kg in the R32 to 1540kg in the R33. Despite that the 2.6-litre turbo straight-six featured supposedly unchanged power output. The porkier GT-R did have a fraction more torque 368Nm to play with.There was an optional, even more advanced high-tech all-wheel drive system, known as ATTESTA E-TS Pro, which incorporated an active limited-slip differential for the rear wheels.
1999 R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Like corresponding Skyline, GT-R shrank a little bit for this generation. Although weight was up slightly to 1560kg, Nissan paid significant attention to the coupe's body stiffness and aerodynamics.The R34 was the last GT-R to be directly based on the Skyline and the last to feature the RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin-turbo straight-six. Power was still officially capped at 206kW, while torque was upped slightly to 392Nm at 4400rpm.Finished in silica brass paint, the limited edition M-spec Nur model seen here features a retuned engine with gold head covers, as well as softer suspension with "ripple control" shock absorbers.
2017 R35 Nissan GT-R faceliftLaunched in 2007, the new GT-R is the first to be made in left-hand drive and officially sold throughout most of the world. Although distantly related to the Skyline, it features a unique body, drivetrain and life cycle.For the 2016 New York auto show, the GT-R received a lightly refreshed exterior look, a few extra spuds under the bonnet, suspension tweaks, and, most importantly, a redesigned and much higher quality interior. Read our full run-down of the 2017 Nissan GT-R facelift.