It’s nearly a decade old, and after the facelifted model was unveiled, what’s next for the Nissan GT-R? According to Nismo (Nissan’s trusty tuning division), they’re not done with Godzilla, which led to the introduction of this monster – the Nissan GT-R Nismo Edition.
While the facelifted GT-R gets some minor exterior tweaks, Nismo did more than just adding aero parts; new 20-inch rims, and a larger rear wing. Being the performance experts of Nissan cars, Nismo stiffened the GT-R’s body structure with carbon fibre and used canards at the front to generate additional downforce. The Nissan’s V-Motion grille has been enlarged to improve air cooling.
The GT-R’s handling capabilities have also been enhanced thanks to stiffened coil springs, adaptive dampers and stronger anti-roll bars. Nismo claims this car is faster than the 2014’s version by 2 percent when tested in a slalom and handling course. This means the Nismo Edition should be slightly quicker than the 2014 GT-R Nismo’s Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 08.68 seconds.
Under the hood the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 that’s mated to the same six-speed dual clutch gearbox from the standard GT-R. However, thanks to larger turbochargers (courtesy of the GT3 race car), performance has been boosted to 592 hp and 650Nm of torque. As for its performance, the Nismo sprints from 0 to 100km/h in a blistering 2.6 seconds before maxing out at a whopping 314km/h.
Inside, the use of Alcantara is extended from the seats to the centre armrest and also the steering wheel. The dashboard is made of carbon fibre, just like the facelifted model. However, the paddle shifters are now built into the back of the steering wheel instead of being affixed to the steering column.
The 2016 GT-R Nismo Edition is on sale now and should cost a little more than its predecessor, with a pricing of £125,000 (approximately RM750,000). Right now, all it needs is to set a new Nurburgring record that will keep Porsche engineers wide awake at night, just like they did 10 years ago.