Nissan Japan released a new breed of the venerable Nissan GT-R. This time, it’s the Nissan GT-R Nismo, taglined “Zero Competition”, which says it all. Nissan was teasing the car for quite some time now, so it is no surprise that they would choose the Tokyo Motor Show to make it official.

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For starters, the hand-built VR38DETT now produces 592hp, with 652NM of torque. Also included in the car is a specially developed set of super sticky Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tyres. The front size is  255/40ZRF20(97Y)  while the rears are 285/35ZRF20(100Y). Nissan has also revised the shocks and changed the dampers to a custom Bilstein unit.

Moving onto the exterior, the Nismo GT-R gains a carbon fibre rear spoiler, a wider front bumper and a newly designed set of front and rear lights. The exterior styling is very heavily influenced by the racing GT500’s aerodyamics, as Nissan has emphasized a lot on for this model.

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As for the interior, the steering wheel is now wrapped in alcantara leather, something Ferraris and Lamborghinis had for quite some time. Around the cabin, there are red stitchings on the center console, door trim and seats. The seats are a pair of carbon fibre backed Racaros. These should hug you quite well as you tackle the corners at 2G.

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With the above mentioned enhancements and upgrades, the Nismo GT-R can now lap the Nürburgring in 7:08. With the 7:08 time, Nissan is claiming that it now holds the record for the fastest volume production car around the ‘ring. That is a whole ten seconds faster than the stock GT-R, and 6 seconds faster than the pricier Lexus LFA.

Rumours were floating around saying that the GTR can manage the century sprint in 2 seconds flat, although during the press release, there was no mention of that at all. Speaking of price, the Nismo GT-R’s price is below $200,000. Not cheap, considering the first R35 GT-R was sold in the US for about $50,000 or so. Looks like the GT-R has since came a long way.

Nissan has also created a video to show fans how the development of the Nismo GT-R came around, and it’s well worth the 26 minutes.

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Eric Goh
A self proclaimed car nut. Enjoys every moment of driving, even better when coupled with some smooth jazz in the background. Weekends are usually spend by fixing and mending his own ride, at home.