Nismo will make the moun­tain ring

Herald Sun - Cars Guide - - THE TICK - Paul Gover

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.

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