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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 28th 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 PULLING POWER: The new Nissan GT-R supercar has already proven a hit in the Australian market. GT-R roars back to our shores with a vengeance Godzilla will grow sharper claws and bigger teeth for 2010. Neil McDonald reports FROM January, Nis- san's GT-R supercar will deliver a better ride without losing any of the hard-edge perform- ance from its 357kW twin- turbo-charged V6. Apart from the suspension, Nissan engineers have fine- tuned the brakes, gearbox and cooling system. Nissan Australia spokesman Jeff Fisher is unsure of the specific suspension improve- ments and has asked Japan to clarify what work has been done. ''We've sent a request to Japan for confirmation on just exactly what the engineers have changed,'' he says. What is known is that the front spring and damper rates have been revised to soften the car's harsh ride. At the back the latest ''Godzil- la'' gets stiffer rear suspension radius rod bushings designed to improve feel and responsive- ness during cornering. At launch, the 310km/h coupe was criticised for its hard ride, but Fisher says this has not held back customers. The $155,000 GT-R has been a sales winner locally. The com- pany had originally expected to sell 200 a year, but 240 have been sold since April. ''We're looking at doing a constant 200 a year through its model life,'' Fisher says. ''The early signs are that demand will continue to ex- ceed our expectations.'' Pricing from March 1 will be $158,800 for the GT-R and $162,800 for the GT-R Pre- mium, a 1.9 per cent increase. Fisher says GT-R buyers are migrating from European brands such as Porsche, but others are adding a GT-R to their high-performance garages, which often include Aston Martins and Jaguar XKs. The GT-R's drive system has also been revised to reduce rear- axle binding when the all-wheel drive components are cold, and better cooling is provided for the exhaust and gearbox. The six-speed dual clutch transmission has been altered to give a later downshift from sixth gear to fifth when being driven in automatic mode. A more aggressive downshift pattern has been provided from fourth to third and third to second. The front transmission mount has also been stiffened to reduce vibration through the driveline under hard accel- eration. Nissan engineers have moved the electronic brake- force distribution bias rear- wards for better braking stab- ility in dry conditions, and changes to the rear air deflec- tor design have improved rear brake cooling. The twin-turbo V6 now com- plies with tough Euro 5 emis- sions requirements without any power or performance loss, while CO2 emissions have dropped 3g to 295g/km. The front and rear bumpers get a double coat of clear paint, giving a deeper finish. The speedo and rev counter now sport metallic finishes. The audio and navigation system gets 40GB storage. 267 ARGYLE STREET, HOBART | www.co-optoyota.com.au USED CARS & COMMERCIALS 6230 1966 *Prices apply until close of business Saturday 28th November 2009. Photos depict model only. 10461 $16,990 AS TRADED SPECIAL 1999 Toyota Hilux 4x4 Dual Cab 3.0 Diesel, A/C, Power Steering, Sunraysia Wheels, Tow Bar $9,990 BE QUICK 2002 Mazda Protégé Sedan 5 Speed Manual, A/C, Alloy Wheels, Air Bag NOW $27,990 HUGE SAVING WAS $31,990 2007 Aurion Sportivo SX6 Combining Luxury, Power, Safety & Great Performance! And a Ridiculously Low 16,000kms! $12,990 FANTASTIC BUYING! 2003 Mazda Bravo F/Tray 5 Speed Manual, A/C, Power Steering, Tow Bar, Alloy Tray & Only 46,000kms! $12,990 SENSATIONAL BUYING 2008 Toyota Yaris 3 Door 1.3 Litre, 5 Speed Manual, Travelled Only 16,000 kms $14,990 ONE OF THE BEST WE HAVE SEEN! 2004 Hilux Workmate Galvanised Steel Tray With Wooden Floor, Power Steering, A/C, Immaculate! $10,990 FANTASTIC VALUE 2004 VY Commodore Executive 3.8 Litre V6, Automatic, Dual Air Bags, Travelled Only 89,000 kms $34,990 ULTIMATE WORK CAR! 2005 Patrol DX 4.2 Litre, Turbo Diesel Fitted With Service Body, 32" Sunraysia Wheels, A/C 2005 Corolla Seca Hatch Automatic, A/C, Power Steering, Be Quick! $8,990 GREAT BUYING AT OPEN ALL DAY TILL 4PM! 2007 Hyundai Getz 3 Door 2 To Choose From, Balance Of New Vehicle Warranty Until 2012! Think cars... think Co-Op Toyota! GREAT CONDITION $13,990 Brett Clark Sales Manager The Best Team In Used Cars! Stuart Graves AH 0408 138 002 Peter Blom AH 6243 1337 Scott Duske AH 0419 553 010 Donna Brach Business Manager AH 0400 051 451
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