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Christopher Bruce2013-11-19 13:32:10

Nissan GT-R Nismo Packs 591hp and 7:08 'Ring Time

It has better aerodynamics and carbon fiber body pieces

The GT-R represents the ultimate expression of the car

After nearly a year of teasing and mentioning it off hand, NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
7238 photos
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has finally taken the cover off of the 2014 Nissan GT-R NismoGT-R NismoNissan GT-R NismoJapan, 2013 > present8 photos
, which gets an upgrade over the standard car with 591hp (600ps) and 481lb-ft (652Nm). It also gets a new aero package that adds 100kg downforce over the standard car at 186mph (300km/h).

Nissan is putting up proof of the new car’s prowess as well. It has released the full Nürburgring Nordschleife lap of factory driver Michael Krumm doing a 7:08.679 lap time.

"For a car to be fun you need a good ratio between the power and the grip in the corners. The Nissan GT-R Nismo can be really fast with respect to its power because its balance is superb. That balance is a very important factor in the driving enjoyment," said Michael Krumm.

The engine is the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 found in the standard GT-R, but it has been upgraded from the 543hp (550ps) and 466lb-ft (632Nm), an increase of 48hp (50ps) and 15lb-ft (20Nm). The engine uses the larger diameter turbos used in the GT-R GT3GT-R Nismo GT3Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3Japan, 2012 > present1 photo
, an upgraded fuel pump and individually variable ignition timing for each cylinder.

The suspension uses Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front with Comfort, Normal and R settings and a multi-link setup in the rear with a hollow rear anti-roll bar. It uses bespoke, 20in Dunlop tires that are 255mm wide in the front and 285mm wide in the rear. It rides on black six-spoke wheels inspired by the GT500GT-R GT500Nissan GT-R GT500Japan, 2008 > present1 photo
racing version in Japan.

The body of the Nismo uses more adhesive bonding and spot welding than the standard car to increase rigidity. It also gets a completely new body kit with a new, wider front bumper and engine undercover strake in the front and carbon fiber rear spoiler.

Inside, the Nismo gets carbon fiber-backed reclining Recaro seats, and Alcantara-covered steering wheel, a carbon fiber finish on the instrument panel with Alcantara covering

The Nismo will be on sale in late February in Japan and by the end of 2014 in the United States and Europe. A price has not been announced yet. It will be available in five colors - Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver, Vibrant Red and exclusive to the Nismo Darke Matte Grey.


Nissan did not just work on the Nismo, the standard GT-RGT-R PremiumNissan GT-R PremiumJapan, 2014 > present9 photos
is also getting some upgrades this year.

The biggest upgrade is that the GT-R has standard multi-LED, adaptive headlights that project farther the faster the car is going. US cars will have non-adaptive LED headlights because regulations make adaptive headlights illegal in the US.

The suspension gets upgraded, electronically controlled shock absorbers and a modified front stabilizer for better stability. The braking has been retuned for more linear response, and the steering is more responsive at low speeds.

Sales of the 2014 GT-R will begin on December 2. In the United States, it will be sold as a 2015 model.

GT-R Gen.2GT-R Gen.2
GT-R NismoGT-R Nismo
V 6
232 cu in
Top Speed
6, Double Clutch
Maximum power
600 hp @ 6400 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost




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