Vote counting is underway, and NHK's decision desk says the ruling coalition will comfortably maintain control of the Upper House. We are projecting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, will take more than half of the seats that are up for grabs this election.
The traditional celebrations are already underway for some LDP members.
As if the Supra needed any help garnering more attention: After first announcing the return of the historic sports car at the Super Bowl earlier this year, Toyota is launching a new advertising campaign for the 2020 GR Supra called "This Is Our Sport." Part of the multi-video offensive includes a clip that shows the Supra carving up a track and getting some air beneath its tires. On the 50th anniversary of NASA launching Apollo 11 to the moon, Toyota has released video of the Supra launching inches above the pavement. Sure, it's not quite as momentous, but it's pretty sweet any time we see footage of a performance vehicle running at 11/10ths. And the drifts. LOTS of drifts. Not surprising, considering it makes more horsepower than advertised. Officially, the 30-second video is called "Track Day," and it's the longest of the pack of advertisements. Others include six-second spots called "Joy" and "Face Off," which shows the old Supra meeting the new Supra in a design comparison of sorts. "Track Day" will appropriately air during motorsports events, but that's not the end of the story. Toyota will also be releasing a long-form video called "Game of Horsepower," which will use the Supra in a game of H.O.R.S.E. and will debut across the company's social media channels. Check out "Track Day" above.
In America, the new season of "Top Gear" with Chris Harris, Freddie Flintoff, and Paddy McGuinness as presenters began last night, July 15, 2019. But in Europe, BBC Two has been airing the new season for weeks already, which means they've seen a segment on the new Toyota Supra. Fortunately, "Top Gear" posted more Supra content on YouTube for all to see, no matter your location. "Top Gear" brought the Supra into the mix in episode 5, the last of season 27. After Paddy McGuinness spent some time with the car, The Stig took a turn on the "Top Gear" track for an "Extra Gear" segment. With a bit of finessing, the car turns in a time of 1:23.1. Under the "Extra Gear" guise, the Stig drives are a bit more sterile, as there's no commentary and the video does not show where the car sits in the rankings board. However, based on the board we saw in the first episode, the Supra would sit below the Alpine A110 (122.9) and just above the Mercedes-AMG S63 (1:24.0). Its placement on the big board means the Zeno E10 S and Lexus LC500 are pushed down a slot. For reference, The Stig is working with a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes a claimed 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Check out the full lap above.
For fans of the GT-R, Nissan still continues to offer the 2007-introduced model, itself a development of a concept car displayed way back in 2001. It could reasonably be said the idea of the R35 generation GT-R is nearing two decades, and enhancements will see the car enter another model year. The 2020 GT-R is available in four specifications, as the earlier sub-$100,000 "Pure" model is long gone. The available 2020 cars are GT-R Premium, listed at $115,235 with delivery included; the $123,735 50th Anniversary Edition that's based on the Premium but adds special color and trim combinations (blue, white and silver exterior paints; grey interior; and edition-specific detailing), the $147,235 Track Edition and the $212,435 Nismo. While the hardcore, 600-horsepower 2020 GT-R Nismo is now nearly $100K dearer than the base Premium, you don't need to go for the range-topping model to get the properly Godzilla-spec horsepower figure. For 2020, the Track Edition benefits from the same engine. In earlier years, it was based off the 565-horsepower "regular" GT-R models, but now it gets a healthy bump in power. Considering the price difference between the Nismo and the Track Edition, the latter seems to be the pick of the bunch if it's power you're looking for. The 2020 Track Edition is said to be stiffer and lighter than the Premium, and it gets Nismo-tuned suspension and special wheels and Recaro seats. The turbocharger design of the Nismo, and therefore the Track Edition, is said to be picked from the GT-R GT3 racing car, offering improved response. The 2020 GT-R, undoubtedly in its twilight years, could do with some improved sales. Here's hoping the Track Edition's added Nismo-ness will serve to do that: 2019 sales have seen a slump compared to recent years, which were already significantly down from the model's heyday. While 2017 and 2018 saw some mediocre sales months for the GT-R, the 18 cars Nissan sold in May 2019 present a new low for the model – especially as 74 GT-Rs were sold the previous May.
Nissan didn't give fans a new GT-R or a new Z at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Instead, Nissan celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the models with special-edition packages and with the unveiling of the upgraded 2020 GT-R Nismo. The changes aren't massive, but Nissan claims the adjustments come together to make a noticeable difference.
The GT-R has gone through change after change after change after change. After more than a decade of continuous improvements, the gained knowledge has resulted in the GT3-inspired 2020 Nismo. The goal for the 2020 GT-R Nismo was to better blend road comfort and usability with the ultimate performance needed for the track.