Toronto Preview: Nissan to Display Stillen GT-R at Canadian International Auto Show

Toronto Preview: Nissan to Display Stillen GT-R at Canadian International Auto Show
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Nissan Canada announced it will present the Stillen GT-R at the 2010 Toronto Auto Show.

Race car driver Steve Millen and the Stillen team built their version of the GT-R “Godzilla” in 2009 for the Targa Newfoundland race. The Stillen crew lightened the GT-R by 172 lbs. and tweaked throttle response and suspension.

The result: a 0-60 run of 2.9 seconds and an 11.0-second quarter-mile run at 127.9 mph. Living up to the name “Godzilla”, the Stillen GT-R’s roar registered 101 dBA, compared to the stock GT-R’s 891 dBA.

Nissan and Infiniti will also display their latest models including the new 2011 Infiniti M, the Infiniti Essence Concept and the “Krom” edition Nissan Cube at the 2010 Toronto Auto Show. Check back for AutoGuide.com’s coverage of the Canadian International Auto Show on Feb. 11.

Gallery: Stillen GT-R

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Official release after the jump:

“Godzilla with an Attitude” to Appear at Canadian International Auto Show

Nissan to display famous Stillen GT-R when show opens in Toronto

Today, Nissan Canada officially announced that, along with its full lineup, it will proudly present the one-of-a-kind Stillen GT-R at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this February.

This version of the iconic vehicle was created in 2009 when race car driver Steve Millen and his Stillen crew completed a tear-down and build-up of the world-famous sports car, the GT-R (a.k.a. “Godzilla”) for the Targa Newfoundland race.

“Nissan is excited to provide GT-R fans with this special appearance,” said Jeff Parent, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “The Stillen crew showed us all just how mean Godzilla can be, so we wanted to give fans a chance to get up close and personal to this great machine.”

Creating a Monster

While many modifications were made, the major changes occurred when the Stillen team put the iconic “Godzilla” on a diet to make it lighter (172-lbs less than the 2010 stock GT-R). They also made modifications for increased throttle response, and made the suspension more adjustable to their needs.

The results were clear – at 3500 rpm, Stillen’s GT-R exploded for a run to 60 mph in an amazing 2.9 sec (vs. 3.5 sec in the stock version). It also completed an 11.0-second quarter mile run at 127.9 mph (vs. the stock GT-R’s 11.7 at 120.4 mph) and then reached 130 mph in 11.4 seconds, (vs. the stock GT-R’s 14.0 seconds). In addition to the increased power and speed, this “Godzilla” even has a louder growl, registering 101 dBA at full fury (vs. 81 dBA for the stock GT-R). For more information on Steve and his Stillen team, please visit http://www.stillen.com/page.asp?aboutstillen.

The orange and black Stillen GT-R will be on display with additional information at the upcoming Auto Show in Toronto but fans won’t be able to hear its growl again until May 24, 2010 when it competes in the Targa Canada West (TCW) annual motorsport adventure in British Columbia’s southern Interior. Until then, seeing this GT-R will invoke visions of this new leaner, meaner Godzilla tearing through the streets of Canada. For more information on the Stillen GT-R’s next race, visit http://www.targacanadawest.com/.

Also appearing at the CIAS in Toronto will be Nissan and Infiniti’s latest models, including the all-new 2011 Infiniti M, exciting Infiniti Essence Concept and the new Nissan cube® Krom™ edition.

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About Nissan Canada Inc. Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.