Nissan has revealed the latest, and greatest, iteration of its supercar killer, boasting 600 horsepower and a Nurburgring lap time lower than any other volume production car.
Continually improved over every year the GT-R has now reached a new high with the race-inspired Nismo model tuned up to 600 hp from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine (SAE rated output is a less impressive sounding 595 hp). Torque is rated at 481 lb-ft. That power comes thanks to larger capacity turbochargers, as well as individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and a new fuel pump to burn plenty of premium.
Aerodynamics also play an important role with a new underbody cover, front bumper and rear carbon fiber spoiler that reduce drag while adding 220 lbs of downforce at 300 km/h while also reducing the car’s center of gravity.
There are plenty of chassis tweaks as well including custom Bilstein dampers with three adjustable settings as well as a thick 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar. Nissan even went so far as to upgrade portions of the front double wishbone suspension and add more robust wheel bolts to better withstand the new car’s g-forces.
But the improvements go even deeper with new adhesive bonding used to strengthen the car’s overall chassis rigidity.
New tires are also a part of the package, developed by Dunlop and sized 255/40FZR20 up front and 285/35ZRF20 in the rear.
All together, the improvements helped the GT-R NISMO run an impressive 7:08 at the Nurburgring.
Inside the car gets a new Alcantara-coated Nismo steering wheel with a red center mark, while Alcantara coats the dash top and red stitching runs along the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel. New carbon-backed Recaro seats might be the real highlight of the interior, though apparently they won’t be offered in North America.
The GT-R NISMO will be available in five colors Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red as well as a special Dark Matte Grey. It goes on sale in Japan in February followed by US and European markets in late 2014.