Nissan Skyline gets 621 miles on one tank of fuel

Seems like Nissan was feeling lonely, missing out on all the ‘green’ talk that’s been going on. Well to prove their point, Nissan assembled a team of product development experts and put then out on the road with their new Nissan Skyline, which is powered by a 2.5 liter VQ25HR V6 engine that produces 225 horsepower. The team managed to cover an impressive distance of 1,024.4 kilometers (621 miles) on one tank of fuel.

The average fuel consumption rate was 16.3km-per-liter (10.1 miles). Check out the press release for more information. Wonder if any U.S. Nissan models can do the same?

Press Release:

NEW NISSAN SKYLINE HITS 1,000KM ON ONE TANK OF FUEL

– Skyline’s V6 engine combines fuel efficiency with high-performance driving –

TOKYO (March 23, 2007) — Nissan engineers set out to prove a point – that the new Skyline sedan could go 1,000 kilometers on one tank of fuel. The challenge – that this would be accomplished on real roads with unpredictable traffic and weather conditions and with different drivers. The so-called ‘eco-driving challenge was conducted by a team of product development experts on the roads from Tochigi to Kanagawa. The 2.5-liter Skyline model driven was powered by the VQ25HR V6 engine, capable of generating 225 horsepower and 26.8kgm of torque.

The team succeeded in covering an impressive distance of 1,024.4 kilometers with an average fuel consumption rate of 16.3km-per-liter. The main objective of the eco-driving challenge was to promote greater awareness of Nissan’s advanced fuel-economy technology as well as demonstrate the efficiency of the new VQ engine under real-world driving conditions.

The 1,000km drive took place on Friday, March 16, 2007, with a team of eight test-drivers under the Nissan Performance Innovation Task Team (PITT). The team started the drive from the test course at Nissan’s Tochigi Plant at 3:30a.m. under pre-dawn skies. The Skyline drove through the Tohoku Expressway, Tomei Expressway, and Meishin Expressway with Kyoto as the turnaround point, and arrived safely at the finish line at the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi at 8.54p.m., nearly 17.5 hours later on the same day.

The team experienced a variety of driving conditions including traffic jams from rush-hour congestion and construction-works, but the automatic fuel-warning alert never activated throughout the 1000km drive.

Introduced in November, 2006, the new Skyline delivers a unique fusion of high-performance, styling and comfort in an advanced sports sedan. The Nissan Technical Center (Okatsukoku, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture) is Nissan’s primary center for research and development in product development and manufacturing technologies.

Source: Nissan (via CarScoop)