New 441 kW Nismo GT-R on the way


The Nismo version of Nissan’s GT-R supercar with 441 kW and 652 Nm is coming with a revised 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 (up from 404 kW/628 Nm).

The Nismo GT-R’s uprated performance comes through the use of new high-flow, large-capacity turbochargers, as used in GT3 racing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and an upgraded fuel pump are said to improve combustion.

The zero to 100 km/h figures are yet to be released by Nismo, though the previous model had acceleration figures of 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds.  Almost F1 times!

Nismo GT-R

Nissan Motor Co have said officially that the Nismo version has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany in just 7:8.679 minutes, which is claimed to be a record time for volume production car.  (The Porsche 918 has gone under the seven second time, but is not a volume production vehicle.)

The new Nismo GT-R, has specially tuned springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension, and the adoption of a 17.3mm hollow rear anti-roll bar designed to raise roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Three suspension modes can be selected – comfort, normal and R (the latter for circuit applications) – while exclusive Dunlop tyres are fitted, 255/50 ZRF20s at the front and 285/35 ZRF20s at the rear.

A revised Nismo exterior improves on the aerodynamics of the standard car.  There is also an optional aero package that further reduces drag, while giving the car a “menacing and muscular appearance” says Nissan.

The standard GT-R also picks up a host of running changes for MY14, headlined by minor styling changes (including new high-intensity multi-LED headlights with adaptive lighting technology), recalibrated suspension (aiming for smoother ride comfort and more refinement), and revised interior color and trim options.