Nissan’s new performance car sets record in Germany
THE Nissan GT-R performance car goes on sale in Japan early next month and will be rolling over here sometime next year.
No definitive pricing has been released but the model it replaces had a starting price of £76,000. This version will be at least that and then some.
New owners can expect a multi-material hybrid body combining steel, carbon fibre and die-cast aluminum for light weight and rigidity, a redesigned nose and rear, revised suspension, retuned brakes and an updated cabin as well as a 600hp engine capable of 186mph.
Those with deeper pockets and added patience may like to wait for the Nismo version. Nismo, aka Nissan Motorsports, is the company’s performance arm which adds hi-tech gadgetry and innovative tweaks to certain models to gee them up a little.
The most recent to get the automotive giddy-up was the Juke crossover which found itself with 197bhp pounding away under its neat little bonnet as the sporty arm’s first UK model.
The Nismoed version of the GT-R will have a reworked chassis, fancy lights, and an upgraded interior with carbon-fibre backed reclining Recaro seats and a three spoke, red centre mark and red stitched steering wheel. In addition, bespoke tyres, black six-spoke wheels inspired by the GT500 race car, revised dampers and a turbocharged 3.8litre V6 engine tuned to produce 591bhp and 481lb ft (652 Nm) of torque are all included.
In tests it has achieved a 7:08.679 lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, wining it the volume production car record at the German circuit.
Both the GT-R and the GT-R Nismo are road legal. The latter will be available in Japan in late February 2014, and in the US and Europe later in 2014. Prices and further details will be confirmed nearer the launch dates.
In motorsports, Nismo competes in Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series. In 2012, the Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship for the second year in succession.
TRACK STAR: Nissan’s new 186mph GT-R – likely to cost well over £76,000 – which has set a new record at Nürburgring.