Words by Raj Hunjan
The much anticipated Nismo version of the GTR broke cover during 2014. Headlines are 600hp, 100kg of additional downforce (at 186mph) and a Nürburgring time of 7 minutes 8 seconds. The Nürburgring time is significantly faster than the previous Nissan GT-R best of 7:18 recorded in October 2012, albeit with a few non standard modifications fitted during the record breaking run. The engine puts out a staggering 600hp and 481 lb ft. Changes include an upgraded fuel pump, individual cylinder ignition timing control and turbos borrowed from the Nissan GTR GT3 racers. The chassis has been optimised for agility, roadholding and handling finesse, without compromising refinement.
Changes include custom developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers, unique Dunlop tyres (Front: 255/40R20; rear 285/35R20), uprated front wishbone links and a hollow rear anti-roll bar that raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.
The Nismo GTR was available in Japan from February 2014, US and Europe will had to wait until later in the year. It carried a 60% price premium on the standard GT-R, £125,000 in the UK. However, the exclusivity and modifications should ensure strong residuals. It is worth noting that previous R32,R33 & R34 Nismo Skyline GT-Rs have mostly been stored away by GT-R fanatics so they now command a sizeable premium over non-Nismo cars.