Both the Nissan Titan and the Titan XD continue into 2019 with some welcome changes. The 2019 model year welcomes in two brand new color choices for both trucks, Moab Sunset and Midnight Pine. Pictured below.
All 2019 Titans and Titan XDs will come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple Car Play in all trim levels. Connectivity is further improved by the addition of up to 4 USB ports in the cabin. A vast improvement from only one USB port in the last model year
If the Cummins 5.0L Turbo-Diesel V8 is more up your alley, you will be happy to hear that the 2019 Titan XD Diesel now has an upgraded DEF tank.
Finally, a 485 Watt, 12 Speaker Fender Audio System has replaced the Rockford Fosgate set up as the Premium stereo option.
All 2019 Titans and Titan XDs are covered by Americas Best Truck Warranty, a 5 year/100,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper coverage.
For more information on the Titan and Titan XD or to request a test drive at Santa Barbara Nissan. Reach out to us online, by phone or in person!
At this point Nissan is 84 years old, here is a list compiling a few of the most interesting models they have made so far. We did not include Concept cars, GT-Rs, or Z Cars. We will pay each of them the respect they deserve in a separate post.
Datsun 510: We start the list with the obvious. The Datsun 510. Made from 1968 to 1973 the 510 was a more affordable competitor to cars like the BMW 2002. Its legendary wins during the 1971 racing helped make Nissan into one of the largest manufacturers in the world today. Making 96 Horsepower and riding on BMW inspired suspension all for a bargain price of $1,996 ($17,000 adjusted for inflation). Datsunhistory.com puts in best “Kazumi Yotsumoto, Nissans head of design, was the man responsible for what made the 510 a truly fabulous car to drive. His goal was to make the 510 a car that was an extension of the person who was driving it.”
Nissan Prince Royal: Moving on to something more comfortable, The Nissan Prince Royal. a limo made for the imperial House of Japan. It had 3 rows of seats and could fit 8 people, every seat but one was covered in 100% wool. The drivers seat was leather. And yes, obviously there is a fully stocked bar in the backseat as well as a telephone to talk with the driver. Which you probably needed because the Prince Royal weighed 7,000 lbs and had a 6.4 Liter V8 making 256.4 Horsepower to move it around. Do not forget the .4 Horsepower, very important.
1991 Nissan Figaro: The 1991 Nissan Figaro is one of the 4 retro styled project cars Nissan calls “Pike Cars”. It is a 4 Seater 2 door convertible designed to resemble Italian cars from the 1960s. The Figaro is available in 4 colors that represent the four seasons. The Figaro weighed only 1,786 pounds and made a quaint 76 HP with a 988 cc 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. Nissan only made a touch above 20,000 of them, and they were so popular when they came out that buyers actually had to enter a lottery to buy them. But like several items on this list, the Figaro was never sold in North America.
1988 Nissan Micra Super Turbo: The SuperTurbo is even more limited than the Figaro, Nissan only produced about 10,000 of these. And even though it is 30 years old, it is still the fastest Micra Nissan has ever made. Power is coming from an all aluminum 0.9 Litre 4 cylinder that is Turbocharged AND Supercharged and makes 110 Hp/130 ft.lb of torque. If you took the 5 speed Manual transmission option, it also came with a Viscous Limited Slip Front Differential and could run the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds. The quarter mile time may not sound impressive now, but it is faster than a 1988 Supra 3.0 Turbo. And if that isn’t enough for you, they made an R spec with Racing Nismo Harness and a roll cage. Standard.
1997 Nissan R390: Homologation is a beautiful thing and it has been responsible for some of the best road cars in the world. Long story short, some types of racing requires manufacturers race cars to be based on “production cars”. So to qualify for Le mans, Nissan built 2 road versions of the R390 GT1. It has a 3.5 L twin turbo V8, makes 550 HP (the GT1 race car made 641HP), does 0-60 in 3.3 Seconds and is capable of 220 MPH
1947 Tama: Electric before it was cool, the Tama was Nissans first electric vehicle was built on a wood frame with steel body panels. After WWII ended, gasoline was scarce but Japan had a few Hydro Electric Plants that were still functioning so Nissan built the Tama. Had a 66 mile range, with a blistering 22 MPH top speed.
1990 Nissan Pulsar GTI-R: The GTI-R was another present from the homologation gods that sold between 1990 and 1994 to qualify for Group A of WRC. It is a 3 door hatchback with a giant hood scoop and a massive wing. It is powered by a special version of the legendary SR20DET, a 2.0 Liter Turbo charged 4 cylinder that makes 227 HP and puts it to the ground through an Attesa all wheel drive system.
2017 Nissan Patrol Nismo. In America, Nissan sells a modified version of the Patrol as the Armada and the Infiniti QX80. Unfortunately The Nismo Patrol is only available to lucky buyers that live in the United Arab Emirates. 428 HP out of a modified 5.6 Liter V8 tuned by Nissan Takumis, the same people who tune GT-R engines. Nismo tuned Bilstein Shock Absorbers, zero lift aerodynamic body kit, 22 inch forged alloy wheels from Rays. And possibly the best interior Nissan has ever had. Here is a link to the official Nissan ad from Nissan Dubai.And here is a peek at the interior since we mentioned it.
AMCAT ALTV: Nissan made a version of the frontier for military use. And of course it has an option to mount a machine gun (or a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher) and is available with “Ballistic Protection”. It can cruise for 994 miles on a full tank and carries 20 Gallons of drinking water. It can be airlifted with a helicopter or if that doesn’t work for you, strap a parachute to it and toss it out a plane.
1996 260RS Nissan Autech Stagea: The Nissan Stagea was a sensible family station wagon that available in a few configurations, at the base level it came pleasantly equipped with front wheel drive, a 4 speed automatic and 130 HP. The 260RS took the family wagon and made it a racecar. It has the engine, transmission and all wheel drive system from a Skyline GT-R. Brembo Brakes, Limited Slip Rear Diff, Upgraded suspension, custom bodykit, and a ton of other special trimmings. Oh, and its the length of a 2018 Subaru Outback, drives like a Skyline GT-R and has a faster 0-60 time than a C3 Corvette.
If you had to pick one on this list to drive for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
If you google “Compression Ratio”, two things are going to happen. hopefully, you are going to misspell definition just like I did, and Google will tell you that a compression ratio is “the ratio of the maximum to minimum volume in the cylinder of an internal combustion engine”.
Now that may seem simple for some, but lets break it down even further. Imagine a piston in a cylinder moving up and down, at the top of the cycle there is a small gap between the top of the piston and top of the cylinder. If the total amount of max space inside the cylinder is 10 times what the minimum space is, you got yourself a compression ratio of 10:1. (Most Gasoline Engines run close to 10:1)
Most engines compression ratios are constant and can only be changed by swapping engine components.
The exception to the rule is the Variable Compression Turbo (VC-T) engine Nissan introduced to production in 2015 in the Infintit QX50. The VC-T can change its ratio by using a lever to move the pistons pivot point up or down, increasing or decreasing the total amount of space it travels in the cylinder.
Because even though high compression ratios are typically more powerful and efficient, but you can have too much of a good thing. High ratios increase pressure in the cylinders, pressure=heat, heat + gas = early combustion (knock). Which is just as bad as it sounds.
The Nissan VC-T engine can alter its compression ratio depending on what is required from the scenario at that moment. Or to quote Nissan directly, “The sophisticated engine control logic automatically applies the optimum ratio, depending on what the driving situation demands.”
Nissan has said that this engine make comparable power to larger displacement V6s, with 27 % better fuel economy. Will the complexity make it unreliable, or will the technology allow for car makers to start making cars that are fun and efficient at the same time? Tell us what you think.
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