2015 Nissan GT-R Rumored to get 7-Speed Transmission

Rumors are circulating that the 2015 Nissan GT -R will receive an upgraded seven speed dual clutch transmission instead of the standard six speed dual clutch. As stated these are simply rumors as of right now, but an “inside source” at Nissan revealed the new Nissan GT-R concept to a GT channel early last week.

Despite the far off release date, increased speed transmissions are becoming the new trend for new models. Models like the Range Rover Evoque recently debuted with a ZF 9-Speed transmission. Also, Chrysler will be introducing the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the New York Auto Show later this week which will sport the first ever nine speed automatic transmission in the US market.

Will the new transmission, Nissan is hoping the new 2015 Nissan GT-R will top off at 2.7 seconds going from zero to 60 miles per hour. Many of the top engineers are also expecting to top their old lap time at the Nurburgring, hoping for a 7 min 15 sec start to finish time.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are excited for the new changes coming to the Nissan GT-R. With new changes come stronger competition and a continued effort to make Nissan cars the best cars out there! Check out our website for more information on any of our fantastic Nissan models!

Stick Shifts could be Making a Comeback

For years, it has been all but a certainty that the manual transmission was going to fade from existence.  Several automakers had decided to do away with stick shifts completely, including in the production of the high-performing Audi R8 sports car and throughout the whole line of Lamborghini models, but this trend may be turning around.

A recent surge in popularity has manuals accounting for 6.5 percent of new vehicle sales during the first quarter of 2012, according to Edmunds.com.  This is the highest rate for stick shifts since 2006, and is almost a 3 percent increase from last year (stick shifts accounted for 3.8 percent of sales in 2011).

What accounts for this recent boost in popularity?  There are a number of factors that make manual transmissions more appealing.  The stick shifts generally run about $1,000 cheaper than their automatic counterpart, and a lower sticker price is more attractive than ever in the current economy.  Manual transmissions also last longer in the long haul than automatics, but what most car enthusiasts will tell you is that stick shifts are, quite simply, more fun to drive.

Nissan’s bestselling manuals include its sportiest rides – the 370Z and the GTR – as well as its truck lines. These rough-and-tumble rides are ready for anything, and manual transmissions may give you a little more bang for your buck.