KW upgrades the Nissan GT-R

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The running German gear maker KW has found a perfect platform for its products in the Nissan GT-R. In partnership with Hashimoto, a Japanese importer, KW improves the GT-R with Clubsport coilovers prior to the car's European debut. The enhancement package will be available for the race course as well as for regular road use.

The iconic sports car is currently not available in Europe, but when it does, it will have been widely modified by KW already. The modifications consist of the coilovers KW Clubsport and Variant 3. The running gear provided by KW is the perfect solution for drivers who are keen to optimize their street-legal Nissan GT-R for the race track as well.

On the other hand the Variant 3 are for those who are performance-focused and conscious of everyday comfort on the streets. Both coilovers come with individually adaptable traction and compression phase for perfect running gear regulation contingent on road condition and driver requirements.

The stainless steel inox line guarantees steady adaptability of all single components even during a race on the track or during winter driving offering the running gear a long lifespan.

Both front and rear axles come with the integrated KW Hydraulic Lift System HLS 4 which permits the driver to raise the car by a press of a button or via radio control up to 4.5 centimeters to enable the vehicle to navigate through road bumps and other obstacles on the road.

The system can be activated even when the car is travelling at a speed of 80km/h. The hydraulic system is compatible for both coilover versions mentioned earlier. Other specialists were brought into the scene by KW and Hashimoto for the cars looks, grip and interior design.

OZ, for instance, provided the wheels -- the 3-piece Superleggera equipped with 6-double spokes of 10.5x20 inches at the front and 11x20 inches at the back. Dunlop provided the high-performance rubber designated as SP Sport 600 DSST coming with the same size for all four corners of the car at 285/35 ZRF20 100Y.

The bucket seats are by Recaro, the safety harness by Schroth and LSD comes up with gull-wing doors giving the GT-R a Lamborghini-like appearance. The GT-R is still roadworthy even with all these major mods. MOT approval is maintained when the parts are installed according to specs. The engine, a 3.8-liter V6 bi-turbo VR38 DETT that generates 480hp at 6,400 rpm, 588Nm of torque and a top speed of 310 km/h, remains untouched.

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