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Nissan’s All-Electric Ariya Single Seater Concept Looks Like a Formula E Racer From the Future

Nissan’s All-Electric Ariya Single Seater Concept Looks Like a Formula E Racer From the Future

Nissan may not be the first name that leaps to mind when you think of outrageous automotive designs, but the marque’s latest prototype may just change that.

The Japanese automaker unveiled the Ariya Single Seater Concept on Thursday, capping off a week spent celebrating its new commitment to electrification. And even though the battery-powered speed machine may look like something from the future, it’s actually based on the Ariya crossover SUV that will launch here next year.

As the moniker makes clear, Nissan’s new concept is a one-seater. It’s not a configuration you see away from the track, so it makes sense that the prototype is basically a Formula E race car. Nissan knows a thing or two about the competition, having been a participant since 2018. Like those racers, the Ariya is long, wide, low to the ground and even has a safety halo device shielding the cockpit. It also showcases a dramatic aerodynamic package, with large fenders, sharp lines and a prominent rear wing all combining to give it a shape similar to that of an arrowhead.

Imagine taking the all-electric powertrain from the Nissan Ariya and placing it into a lightweight, single-seater motorsport-inspired package.Well, guess what…we’ve done just that.Introducing the Ariya Single Seater Concept!Learn more: https://t.co/7nYy8Skge9#NissanAriya pic.twitter.com/U2AtfiUYYT
— Nissan Motor (@NissanMotor) December 2, 2021

Despite all these track-style flourishes, the concept shares several features with the Ariya crossover. There’s an illuminated “V” grille at front, as well as the same black and gold color scheme. Surprisingly, the race car also has the same powertrain as the SUV. Nissan didn’t provide specs for the concept, but the series-production Ariya has a dual-motor setup that will generate a maximum of 389 hp and 443 ft lbs of torque.
“We are now drawing inspiration from the Japanese words shun, meaning to run fast and effortlessly, and sho, meaning to soar with power and grace,” Alfonso Albaisa, the company’s senior VP of global design, said in a statement. “The Ariya Single Seater Concept is the perfect expression of this new language. Leveraging the Ariya’s EV powertrain in a motorsports-inspired package allowed our international team to capture this new sense of speed, technology and artistry.”

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The Ariya Single Seater is one of five battery-powered prototypes Nissan has unveiled this week, including the Surf-Out pickup truck and Max-Out roadster. The new concepts are part of the automaker’s plan to invest a whopping $17.6 billion in EV development over the next five years. So far, that commitment appears to have provided a bolt of inspiration—at least to the design department.
Check out more images of the Ariya Single Seater Concept below:

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From Porsche’s Taycan Turbo to the BMW i8: The 10 Most Expensive Cars to Insure

From Porsche’s Taycan Turbo to the BMW i8: The 10 Most Expensive Cars to Insure

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High horsepower, Nappa leather seats with massage, premium sound systems. If you’re in the market for a luxury vehicle, you probably won’t mind the associated high-end insurance premiums. Here are the most expensive cars to insure based on an analysis of 320 models.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso

The 2021 Maserati Quattro GTS. 

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4-Door Sedan Turbo
Average annual premium: $4,271
MSRP: $111,185
The Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso 4-Door Sedan Turbo delivers the pedigree of a race car yet the luxury of the highest of high-end vehicles. Checking in with maximum horsepower of 530 and a top speed of more than 190 mph, this sleek ride comes with features like four-zone climate control and heated seats, natural leather upholstery, racing-inspired wheels and a cushy Maserati-developed suspension system.
The Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso 4-Door Sedan Turbo lets a driver unleash their inner racer while simultaneously taking advantage of executive-level amenities.
Porsche Taycan Turbo

The Porsche Taycan Turbo. 

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4-Door Sedan
Average annual premium: $4,117
MSRP: $152,250
Simply put, the Porsche Taycan Turbo 4-Door Sedan is a refined automotive beast. With horsepower of up to 670, this upscale machine rules the road. Aside from its sheer muscle, highlights include an advanced driver’s “cockpit,” thermally insulated glass, a pollen filter and a slew of airbags. The Porsche Taycan Turbo 4-Door Sedan can get you where you want to go in a flash—and in style.
Audi R8 5.2L V10 Quattro

The Audi R8 V10 Spyder with Quattro all-wheel drive. 

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2-Door Coupe AWD
Average annual premium: $4,079
MSRP: $199,095
At 602 hp, the Audi R8 5.2L V10 Quattro 2-Door Coupe AWD supplies almost as much horsepower as the Kentucky Derby. Driver and passenger can zoom along in this seven-speed beauty while luxuriating in top-quality, 18-way Nappa leather seats; riding on 20-inch aluminum sport wheels; and jamming to tunes pumped out by a five-speaker, Bluetooth-enabled, SiriusXM-equipped sound system. Thanks to the V10 engine, this Audi purrs like a tiger. And the spiffy interior should keep driver and passenger purring with delight.
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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

The Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet. 

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2-Door Convertible Turbo AWD
Average annual premium: $3,948
MSRP: $185,400
The performance and style of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC 2-Door Convertible Turbo AWD might make your heart race. The twin-turbo V8 engine maxes out at a horsepower of 603 as it paves the way for a zero-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds. This Mercedes-Benz goes beyond being a speedy road warrior, though. The interior lives up to the price tag, featuring luxurious Nappa leather seats throughout, 12-way power seats (with massage functions) in the front, handcrafted wood trim and three-zone LED ambient lighting. It’s as if your well-appointed living room were on wheels.
BMW i8

A 2017 BMW i8 on the road. 

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2-Door Convertible Turbo Electric 
Average annual premium: $3,934
MSRP: $147,500
The BMW i8 2-Door Convertible Turbo Electric marries enviable power, exquisite style and substance, and energy conservation. This plug-in hybrid can zoom from zero to 60 in an impressive 4.6 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 155 mph. On the style and substance front, this bad boy features a Harman Kardon sound system, Apple CarPlay functionality and leather upholstery. And lastly, the BMW i8 delivers a miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) of 69.
Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 4MATIC

A 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 in action. 

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4-Door Utility AWD Turbo
Average annual premium: $3,933
MSRP: $157,500
The 577 hp twin-turbo V8 engine is the star of the Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 4MATIC—an engine that helps propel this utility vehicle from zero to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. But the co-stars hold their own, including the wireless smartphone charging pad, three-zone climate control, 20-inch wheels, and heated front and rear seats. The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 4MATIC unquestionably lends uniqueness to the utility category.
Mercedes-Benz S 560

The sleek 2021 Mercedes-Benz S560. 

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2-Door Convertible Turbo
Average annual premium: $3,896
MSRP: $132,450
The Mercedes-Benz S 560 2-Door Convertible Turbo is both high-tech and high-end. On the high-tech side, this convertible boasts goodies like an 12.8-inch OLED infotainment screen, a 3D dash cluster and a 360-degree camera. On the high-end side, it comes with 12-way power seats, three-zone LED ambient lighting, Nappa leather upholstery and a cabin-air purification system. Not to be overlooked is the convertible’s astounding power: Twin turbos allowing horsepower of 463 and zero-to-60 acceleration in 4.5 seconds.

Nissan GT-R

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th anniversary model 

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2-Door Coupe Turbo
Average annual premium: $3,880
MSRP: $113,540
Hopping into the driver’s seat of the Nissan GT-R 2-Door Coupe Turbo might feel like you’ve been transported right to the racetrack. This sports car, nicknamed “Godzilla,” zips from zero to 60 in a mind-blowing 2.9 seconds courtesy of a twin-turbocharged engine that supplies horsepower of 565. As a bonus, all-wheel drive comes standard.
BMW M850i xDrive

The 2021 BMW M850i. 

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2-Door Convertible Turbo
Average annual premium: $3,815
MSRP: $122,395
With 523 hp, the BMW M850i xDrive 2-Door Convertible Turbo isn’t horsing around. Aside from the ability to travel zero to 60 in 3.3 seconds, this convertible puts you in the lap of luxury with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats and rich leather throughout the cabin. A highly desirable standard feature: all-wheel drive.
Audi RS7 Quattro

The 2021 Audi R8 Quattro. 

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4-Door Sedan AWD Turbo
Average annual premium: $3,800
MSRP: $116,000
The Audi RS7 Quattro 4-Door Sedan AWD Turbo revs up the Audi lineup with both beauty and brawn. This polished machine dazzles with highlights such as leather upholstery, a two-touchscreen infotainment system and a subscription-based WiFi hotspot. As for brawn, the 591 hp engine thrusts this sedan from zero to 60 in three seconds and empowers a driver to push the pedal up to 155 mph.
How Vehicles Affect Auto Insurance Rates
The claims history of the vehicle you’re insuring can have a large impact on your auto insurance rates. If your insurer has received frequent and/or expensive claims for that model, it will increase your own rate, even if you have a great driving record.
In addition, expensive vehicles that hold high cash value lead to expensive claims when they’re totaled and collision or comprehensive insurance pays out. Note that this payout is based on the cash value of the vehicle at the time it’s totaled, not the MSRP or price you paid for it.
Compare, for example, the Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranLusso, with an average annual car insurance rate of $4,271, with the popular Toyota RAV4 at about $1,700 a year for the same amount of coverage.

Methodology
We used data from Quadrant Information Services, a provider of insurance data and analytics. Rates are based on national averages for 2021 models for a 50-year-old male driver with a clean record with liability coverage of $100,000 in bodily injury per person, $300,000 per accident and $100,000 in property damage liability, uninsured motorist coverage and any other coverage required in a state. The rate also includes collision and comprehensive coverage.

John Egan is a freelance writer, editor and content marketing strategist in Austin, Texas. His work has been published by Experian, Bankrate, National Real Estate Investor, U.S. News & World Report, Urban Land magazine and other outlets. 

The Gorgeous New Nissan Z Chronicles the History of the Z Car in One Model

The Gorgeous New Nissan Z Chronicles the History of the Z Car in One Model

Nearly a year after first appearing in prototype form, the seventh-generation Nissan Z car is finally here.

Simply dubbed the Z—not the 400Z, as many had expected—the Japanese automaker’s newest model is a decidedly modern coupé designed to celebrate its most famous nameplate. As we’ve known for months now, the car’s glorious retro-style body features several nods to the past. There’s an extended nose that recalls the original 240Z, while the rear end takes cues from the fourth-generation 300Z. These details shouldn’t all fit together, but they do and pretty seamlessly, resulting in a vehicle that looks even more athletic than its nearest competitor, the Toyota Supra.

2023 Nissan Z 

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Inside the coupé, Nissan has gone for a classic, streamlined look. The fully redesigned cockpit features a GTR-inspired sports steering wheel, a race car driver-designed instrument panel and the Z’s signature triple pod cluster of gauges tilted towards the driver. The center of the dash features a 9.0-inch infotainment screen from which you can navigate, check the weather and select entertainment options. There are also leather-appointed sports seats and an optional eight-speaker Bose audio system.

Inside the new Z 

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Nissan knows that the Z can’t just get by on looks, though. And that why the company has equipped the vehicle with a powertrain sure to please even the most demanding enthusiast. Under its long hood, you’ll find a snappy 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, according to a press release. The mill is mated to a six-speed manual transmission standard—yes, standard!—that sends power to the rear axle and can generate up to 400 hp, 350 ft lbs of torque and has a redline of 6,800 rpm. A nine-speed automatic transmission option is also available, but we’re guessing most Z fans will opt for the stick shift. Nissan has yet to release performance numbers, but the automaker said it expects the sports car to be up to 15 percent faster than the outgoing sixth-generation 370Z.
The new Z is equipped with mechanical limited-slip differential that better distributes power to the rear wheels and launch control to help eliminate wheel spin and hop. They’ll help ensure you get off to a better and quick start off the line. Other features include a stiffer chassis, double-wishbone suspension and mono tube shocks, providing better connection to the road. There are also sports brakes, which feature 14-inch front rotors and four-piston calipers, so you’ll be able to stop on a dime.

2023 Nissan Z Proto Spec and Nissan Z Sport 

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The Z will be available in three trim levels: Sport, which is the base version, Performance and Proto Spec. Performance includes a retuned suspension, front and rear spoilers, more comfortable seats and forged 19-inch wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires. Proto Spec, which, as you may have guessed, is based on last year’s prototype, features yellow brake calipers, bronze rims and a number of special interior accents. It will be limited to just 240 examples.
The new Z doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but expect it to be available sometime next spring. As for pricing, Nissan hasn’t said anything other than to stress the car’s “accessible” nature. What that means remains to be seen, but Road & Track suggests it will start around $40,000. Whatever the final cost, lovers of ’80s and ’90s sports cars may have just found a modern model they can love.
Check out more photos of the new Z below:

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Is This Really the New Nissan 400Z? If So, We Couldn’t Be Happier

Is This Really the New Nissan 400Z? If So, We Couldn’t Be Happier

Why tinker with a good thing?

Thankfully, that seems to be Nissan’s approach to the eagerly anticipated seventh-generation Z. Leaked footage of the production model all but confirms that next year’s 400Z, as many believe it will be called, will look almost identical to the Proto Z concept that the Japanese automaker unveiled last fall.
The video, which was reportedly taken at an undisclosed shipping warehouse in Los Angeles, surfaced on the 400Z Club forum on Monday. While taking viewers on a tour of the vehicle and its interior, the clandestine videographer reveals that the gray sports car is one of two examples of the car that have been shipped to the warehouse. According to him, there is no difference between the two 400Zs, except that the one he is filming is an automatic, while the first was a manual (his “sadly” quip makes clear where his loyalties lie).

“As you can tell, the car is amazing,” the cameraman says, echoing a sentiment we’re sure many watching the clip will share.

Nissan Proto Z Concept Car 

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This is news gearheads have expected for months now. In January, images of the sports car Nissan included in a patent filing were discovered and published online. Those renderings, along with Monday’s video, show only minor differences between the Proto Z and the 400Z. Both cars share the same angular and athletic shape and have details that reference past Zs (like headlights borrowed from the 240Z and headlights from the 300ZX), but the production version has side view mirrors, more prominent door handles and a color-matching roof (though that might be specific to this example).
The similarities between the two vehicles are a good thing as far as we’re concerned. The Proto Z is one of the more eye-catching concepts of the last few years. In fact, we hope more automakers follow the lead of Nissan (and Audi before it) and release more production models that look like their concept version.

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