Nismo GT-R Coming in Next 12 Months: CEO Says

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

There will be an even hotter version of the cult-followed GT-R tuned by Nissan’s Nismo performance arm in the next 12 months.

“It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R,” Ghosn said.

Year after year, Nissan has historically made a point of tweaking the GT-R for improved performance, including the 2014 model year. Now, the company has officially confirmed that its new flagship will be a Nismo-tuned version of the car. The announcement came during the official opening of its new Nismo factory in Japan.

Performance specifications weren’t announced for the car, but Ghosn said that it will not only be revealed, but will be ready for driving in that 12-month time frame.

Word of the new car was part of a larger announcement that the Nismo brand will be expanding greatly in the future. That expansion will include a line of “affordable performance cars” as well as the flagship GT-R.

“Nismo is a key element in Nissan’s future global road car and motorsports strategy and we will quickly establish it as Nissan’s exclusive performance brand,” Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani said. “This is the first time that all of our team has been located together, and the entire facility will become a hothouse of passion and performance.”

The new facility, Ghosn said, will serve as a “think tank” to develop unique, cutting edge cars, and will allow Nissan to strengthen its motorsports presence.

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  • Jim Jim on Feb 28, 2013

    Nice car but the price tag is a little high for me. I will just sink my money into my Z32 editions and enjpy them instead. Jim.

  • Steve Robinson Steve Robinson on Mar 02, 2013

    hi i have owned older nissan cars. just like foot ball players, it is time for the current so called design team to be sacked. the juke, cube and murano are nearly toyota esqe in their ugliness. yes i have lusted after older Skylines and 240 thru 350 z. look if toyata and subaru can get together to use a platform for cheap rear wheel drive fun, anything is possible. what focus group okay'd those butt ugly cars anyways? 220 hp rear drive cheap sexy seats 4 COME ON DUDES!!!!! if Chevy can build the SS after all their generic crap, Nissan can do this.... GO NISMO !!!!!