Nis­san’s new per­for­mance car sets record in Ger­many

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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