Nismo will make the mountain ring
THE wait is almost over for fans of the ultimate Nissan GT-R.
Despite a price tag of $299,000, the track-bred GT-R NISMO that hits showrooms next month is expected to be a sellout in Australia.
The queue for the ultimate Godzilla formed last September with the local introduction of a facelifted GT-R line-up and the promise of a hero car with 441kW, a stiffer body and suspension and tweaks including “canard” fins on the nose and a bigger rear wing.
Nissan Australia has yet to reveal the delivery plan for expectant buyers, even though early supplies were directed to existing GT-R owners.
It teased journalists with an exclusive preview of the first car during a drive of the regular GT-R at the Phillip Island track last year.
The NISMO car looked much more dramatic in a darkened garage but will soon emerge into the spotlight, including a likely appearance at Mount Panorama in February during the Bathurst 12-hour race meeting.
Nissan is fielding a pair of GT-R GT3 racers in the event with all-star crews but is also likely to put a road-going GT-R NISMO on to the circuit during special sessions reserved for road cars making attempts on a variety of lap records.
Godzilla would be one of the favourites for the outright road car record at Mount Panorama, even against rivals from supercar companies including Ferrari and McLaren.
It hit the headlines after clocking the fastest time at the Nurburgring in Germany back in 2011.
The current GT-R is rated the sixth-fastest production car at the Nurburgring.
The NISMO package for the GT-R runs to a wider front track to accommodate larger 10-inch-wide Rays alloy wheels, Recaro competitionstyle seats, changes to the springs and dampers plus a slightly lower ride height. Nissan also claims a weight saving of 5kg.
It is the first model in a series of NISMO cars that will come to Australia, with the funky Juke hatch expected to be next.