Nissan has announced a Nismo version of the new GT-R supercar killer at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is based on the new GT-R, which means the same slight aesthetic refresh comprised a larger V-motion grille, daytime running lights and aerodynamic enhancements to improve cooling without increasing drag.
Additions unique to the Nismo version include a carbon fibre front bumper, carbon fibre cannards, significantly reinforced and stiffer body and exclusive Recaro carbon buckets with red Alcantara inserts.
The GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 ─ mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters now on the steering wheel ─ has been given a power boost, taking the total to 600PS. This is down to the addition of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers borrowed from GT3 race cars.
Each engine is hand-built by a Nissan Takumi engineer in around nine hours, with each engine finished with an aluminium plate that has the name of the engineer who built it.
Meanwhile special Bilstein DampTronic suspension with driver-adjustability and refinement of the shock absorbers, springs and stabilisers all help make the GT-R two per cent better at cornering, Nissan claims.
Both the Nismo and standard GT-R also benefit from a much neater interior that has 11 buttons instead of 27 on the old car, an enlarged eight-inch touchscreen display and a carbon fibre centre console, making it easier to look at and more ergonomically accomplished.
Nissan chief product specialist of the GT-R, Hiroshi Tamura, said: “The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the ‘R’ in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing makes it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver.
“With the 2017 GT-R as a starting point, the new NISMO version has become a more well-balanced machine, with not just increased performance, but a heightened premium feel overall. It is the result of our relentless pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure,” said Hiroshi Tamura, the Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R NISMO and the standard GT-R.”
No word on a price for the Nismo edition just yet, but expect a premium on the less powerful £91,995 GT-R Track Edition.