Photos of a heavily camouflaged new Nissan GT-R Nismo, the 'ultimate' version of the GT-R, have recently come out. It was spied while it was tested in Europe, just outside of Nissan's technical centre. The car got aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications, which will most probably feature a Nismo-specific bodykit.
The other modifications include an air intake system that’s a bit different. It will also come with Nismo-specific parts like alloy wheels. In addition, it appears that the Nismo version will get a different suspension setup since it seems to be somewhat lower than the traditional GT-R. According to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, it will be “unthinkable” to develop a lineup of Nismo road cars that won’t have the GT-R.
He believes that the standard road car is already a global supercar and the GTR's performance on track shows off how talented and passionate the Nismo team is. He boasted that the GT-R Nismo will be special. He cited that Nissan's standard GT-R, featuring a twin-turbocharged 524bhp 3.8-litre straight six, can go from zero to 62mph in 3.0sec.
Built together with the Williams Formula 1 team, the Nismo is likely to be faster but it has yet to be determined just how impressive it will be. The sale date of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo is likely to be in 2014. It will be available together with the standard version in specialised dealerships. It’s expected to cost significantly higher than the standard model. The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 will appear in the 2014 Super GT Championship together with the Honda NSX and Lexus LF-CC.
It is clear that the configuration of the suspension was inspired by the Nismo racing GT-R. In addition, the suspension was tuned to deliver that handling finesse, exceptional road-holding, and a remarkable agility, all without sacrificing any of the refinement. Both the front suspension and the rear portion come with the customized Bilstein DampTronic dampers and springs.
These two have been tuned specifically to give more than outstanding grip levels and a gradual handling response at the limit. There will be a total of three suspension modes to be chosen from which are Normal, Comfort, and for the circuit applications, the R. For the double wishbone suspension in the front, it has been fitted with the links that have been specially developed for this.
This allows the castor trail to be able to optimize the wheel position, which is important when undergoing high-G cornering. It even enhances cornering and straight-line stability. The addition of the high-rigidity large bolts helps increase the stiffness in the wheel-hub attachment area.
Further, to minimize the body-roll that usually occurs when changing direction or cornering, there is the hollow 17.3-mm anti-roll bar in the rear. With this, the roll stiffness of the Nissan GT-R Nismo is increased while lowering the weight. Fitted to the Nissan GT-R Nismo are the exclusive tires, manufactured by none other than Dunlop. Measuring 255/40 ZRF20 in the front and 285/35 ZRF20 for the rear, the tires reveal exceptional handling and grip qualities.