2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition Celebrates Brand Milestone

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

If you are looking for a vehicle that has a bit of flash and a lot of speed, look no more—Bates Nissan can get the perfect vehicle for you! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition combines the power of the legendary supercar with a brand-new golden paint color that highlights just how precious of a vehicle the GT-R is.

The 45th anniversary vehicle takes the original GT-R’s premium level and adds a big boost of luxury to the already luxurious vehicle. This new, golden shade, which is called Silica Brass, easily turns heads left and right. Even the vehicle’s VIN plates are a similar hue! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition also has a commemorative plaque located on the center console, in case you ever forget that you’re driving a gold-colored car while driving.

Nissan is only selling 30 of these golden cars in the United States market, so if you’re interested, you need to get your order in soon. Because the color is so precious—it is based on a precious metal, after all—Nissan is adding an additional $1,000 charge to the Premium trim level’s $101,770 sticker price. For more information on the special edition supercar, contact Bates Nissan today.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Debuts in Super Bowl Ad

Nissan used its heartwarming With Dad ad to debut the GT-R LM Nismo, its long-awaited racer designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s been 16 years since Nissan has competed in the top tier of the prestigious race, but now it’s back. The GT-R LM Nismo was created by a team of experts from around the world and boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while hybrid power is derived from the front driveline to boost acceleration.

The LM P1 car belongs to a category that features some of the most extreme sports cars in racing today. Its performance at Le Mans could go a long way toward not only solidifying the automaker’s excellence in hybrid power but also in developing new, innovative technologies that can be applied to the very kind of production vehicles we see every day at Bates Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will be the centerpiece of a Nismo display at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, alongside the GT-R Nismo, 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, and several other Nismo models and concepts.

Check out a Nissan GT-R for yourself at Bates Nissan!

Nissan GT Academy Season 4 Champion Dominates Competition

Nissan GT Academy

Having your dreams go from virtual-to-reality is what the Nissan GT Academy is all about. And, for Wisconsin native Nic Hamman his dreams of becoming a professional racer have come true.

He was the GT Academy Season 4 Champion and dominated the competition right from the start. In the first episode, the 12 competitors were put through an intense physical race, and Hamman finished long before any of the other racers. From there, Hamman’s performance never waned.

In the season finale, Hamman raced against the remaining three other contestants in an eight-lap race. He finished a full eight seconds ahead of the pack.

“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” said Hamman, in a statement. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”

Hamman grew up with a love of motorsports and spent much of his childhood racing go karts and even won his fair share of races and local karting titles.

Here at Bates Nissan, we are excited to see how Hamman will perform as a professional Nissan racer. He will be racing with previous GT Academy winners in the Dubai 24 Hours on January 8-10.

We Desperately Want to Drive the 45th Anniversary Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

It looks like 2014 was the year because 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the launch of the original Skyline GT-R!  Nissan plans to celebrate in a big way.  Nissan is commemorating both that milestone and the launch of the all-new 2015 GT-R by releasing a super limited edition 45th Anniversary Nissan GT-R.

The good news: this beauty will offer everything that we here at Bates Nissan adore about the Nissan GT-R—most particularly the knock-you-off-your-socks 545 horsepower—in addition to unique touches that include a Silica Brass paint scheme that echoes the original R34 Skyline GT-R M-Spec, as well as the sleek exclusive GT-R badging.

The bad news: Nissan is only making 45 of these bad boys… And they are all being sold in Japan.

Fortunately, you won’t need to travel across the Pacific to get your hands on a brand new 2015 Nissan GT-R. We have one in stock here at Bates Nissan that is absolutely begging to be driven. If your New Year’s resolution consists of getting a new car and not settling for anything less than what you deserve, come see why the GT-R is the car you need to be driving in 2015.

Man Lets His Artist Girlfriend Draw all Over His Nissan Skyline GTR

If something has been drawn or written on your car with a sharpie marker, it’s usually because your own child will soon be getting grounded or your ex really has something to say to you. But this time, it was an act of artistic love.

A man who was living in Japan really wanted a Midnight Purple Nissan GTR, but just couldn’t find the right one. So, he ended up purchasing a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR in silver. In a post on the NICO Club forum (scroll through pictures), he says it was one of the colors he wanted the least, so he had plans to repaint it.

In the meantime, he got to work making the modifications he wanted, including reducing the weight, getting new wheels, and more. He also decided to let his girlfriend draw over some scratches on the front bumper, and 15 hours later the whole bumper was covered with a fantastic tribal design. So they decided to just do the whole car.

Once the entire car was doodled over, it was covered in several layers of clear coat to keep the design intact.

We think this is better than any paint job we could imagine, and we bet he’s glad he didn’t go with the Midnight Purple.

Would you ever let someone do something like this to your favorite Nissan car?

Happy 80th Birthday, Nissan!

Next week, on December 26, the Nissan name will turn 80. Over the last 80 years, Nissan has accomplished so much, and has even managed to  fit it all into a three minute video.

Check out this awesome video of highlights and then make sure to wish your local Nissan dealer a Happy 80th birthday!

Simple Tips to Photographing Your Car

Whether you want to show off your new car you just bought on Facebook or you’re posting pictures on Craigslist to sell an old car, there are many photography tips and tricks to help you show your car off just the way you want. We mention six simple things to keep in mind when photographing your car, truck or SUV here.

Learn from others

Before you start planning or even setting up your shoot, you should look through different car magazines or advertisements online to get a feel for the type of photography session you want to achieve. Getting inspiration from the big leagues never hurts your imagination when coming up with something you’re trying to do. You do have to be hesitant not to expect your images to look identical to these images. They are from companies who have a very large budget to work on large scale shoots which are nearly impossible to duplicate.

Location

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a location to photograph your car, the first being the background. When choosing a location, you want to try to make it as clean as possible. You want to avoid things that will pull attention from the car. These sorts of things can be electricity poles and wires, trashcans or dumpsters, bright colors or even parking lines.

An example of how to choose the right location for your car.

An example of how to choose the right location for your 2013 Nissan Xterra.

The next thing to think about is the physical location. You don’t want to make your car look too out of place from its surroundings. A good way to think about this is to consider your car. Do you drive a Z Coupe or GT-R? If so, you probably don’t want to photograph it in the wild with mountains and snow in the background; whereas if you drive an Xterra or a Frontier, those would be the perfect settings. If you’re not sure what location fits your car best, don’t be afraid to have multiple locations to photograph at. You can always delete the bad pictures later.

Timing

While the location of your shoot is important, the time of day you do it is almost more important! Taking the time of day into consideration will save you a lot of hassle later.

You always want to try to shoot with natural light as often as possible because you don’t want to use your flash and create weird reflections off your car. The best time of day to photograph with natural light is at the peak hours right before and during sunrise or in the evening as the sun is setting. These times are best because you won’t have the harsh sun glaring down and causing bad shadows or areas that are too overexposed.

Clean your car

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but the camera lens will pick up details that your eye might not see. However, with that, if you’re driving a car that is meant to be dirty and you’re showing it off, by all means, the dirtier the better.

One thing to keep in mind that you might not normally notice is the clutter inside your car. Any maps or trash in the door bins will be very distracting to a viewer and is hard to remove in post production.

Angles

This is when you start to take things into your own hands. You are in charge of the camera and therefore have the control to photograph your car at any angle you want. Even if you’re not sure about something, you should still try it because that’s the joy of digital, you don’t have to worry about taking up space on film! You just want to make sure your memory card has enough storage to hold all the pictures you’ll be taking.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

There are the few shots that you need to make sure you have: front ¾ view, rear ¾ view, full side view, full front view, full rear view, engine shot, and dashboard and interior shots. You shouldn’t be afraid to shoot above the car or from below. One thing to keep in mind when shooting from below is to make sure the sun is at your back; this will make the sky behind your car blue!

The main thing here is to not be afraid to try different angles and vantage points. You never know what you’ll get until you try it. The worst that happens is you don’t like the picture and it can be deleted later.

Interior shots

When photographing the interior of your car, you want to make sure you have enough light. If it is getting to be too dark, wait until later to photograph this. You want to avoid using a flash whenever possible to avoid the flash reflecting off the materials inside your car.

The last thing to remember when photographing the interior is for the manual drivers. Instead of putting on the hand brake, put your car in first gear. It’s one less distraction to worry about!

Always remember if you don’t get what you want, don’t be discouraged to go take more pictures until you get what you really want! For more examples, check out any of our new or used cars. Also try not to delete any images until you have them on your computer. The small image you see on the back of your camera could look so much better on a bigger screen. If you happen to use any of these tips, please share your photos on our Facebook page! Happy shooting!

Premier of New Season of Nissan GT Academy on SPIKE TV November 1

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO '95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO ’95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

If you’ve been anxiously waiting, it’s almost here – the second season of Nissan GT Academy premieres on SPIKE TV at Thursday, November 1 at 11:30pm.

Nissan GT Academy selects 32 of the more than 400,000 top Gran Turismo video gamers, determined over 3 months of online PlayStation competition, to compete for a chance to train with professionals and become real a racecar driver. The 32 finalists meet and compete against each other over two more days of head-to-head virtual racing, after which half of them are sent packing and half move to the Final Selection Round.

The Final Selection Committee judges the remaining drivers on their mental toughness, physical fitness, and of course, driving skills. The driver determined to be the best is sent to a professional driver’s training program in the UK where they hit the track in practice racing events. At the completion of the course, the winner of the Academy makes his or her entrance in to the sport of professional racing in front of an international audience.

Previous GT Academy winners include Lucas Ordenez, who raced in 2009 FIA GT4 series, after which he won the series championship of the Intercontinental LeMans Cup and then proceeded to take second in his class at 24 Hours of LeMans. The second winner, Jordan Tresson, won the 24 Hours of Spa in 2011 and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Last year’s international winner, Jann Merdenborough, is racing a Nissan GT-R/NISMO GT-R in the Blancpain Endurance series this year. The first North American race in 2011 featured Brian Heitkotter driving a Nissan 370 NISMO in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The six-week SPIKE TV series will chronicle the elimination process of the Nissan GT Academy competition, hosted by Dhani Jones.  Drivers will receive critiques and instruction from professional drivers Maryeve Dufault, Danny Sullivan and Boris Said. If you miss an episode, they will also be available on the Nissan YouTube Channel.

If you’re ready to make the move from the couch with your PlayStation and onto the street in your own new Nissan, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas today. While the streets around Austin hardly rival the world’s fastest race tracks, we can help you find the new Nissan that gives you the same excitement in your daily driving. You can also follow Bates Nissan on Facebook to keep up with the latest Nissan GT Academy news.