Creating A New Game: The Nissan GT-R Nismo

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Topping the speed limits for a street legal car, the Nissan GT-R Nismo needs no introduction. Within a relatively short period of time the GT-R – just 10 years since the initial launch, Nissan has managed to create an enviable icon in the world of international performance automobiles.

How did Nissan do it?

By having engineers with balls the size of melons.

While the Nissan GT-R Nismo has been mis-categorized as an alternate version of the BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, or the Audi Sport, it really resides in a category all it’s own.

A cross between the straight line muscle cars of the USA and the elegance of Audi, it sits alone.

At least for now.

Just like the BMW M and Mercedes AMG, Nismo does great with stripes and spoilers.

At an average price point of around $308,000, the Nissan GT-R Nismo costs about $103,000 more than GT-R Standard, the GT-R standard is itself considered to be a legendary car on its own.

Delving deeper into the Nissan GT-R Nismo specs we find the V6 twin-turbo engine in the Nissan Nismo GT-R is hand-built and starts from 419 KW/637 Nm all the way up to 441 KW/652 Nm.

The Nissan GTR Nismo Engine

The Nissan GTR Nismo Engine

At the same time, this car uses turbochargers that are the same as the GT-R GT3, which essentially makes it a racing car, aka – not street legal.

For the GT-R, there is no 0 – 100 kmh acceleration time as claimed by Nismo of yet, however, on average, the standard model goes from 0 to 100 kmh in about 2.7 seconds. Hence, we can expect this one to be a little bit faster.

As far as the suspension goes, that is another factor that is unique about this car. The Nissan Nismo GT-R makes use of 20-inches super light alloy rims by Rays, and hollow stabilizer bars. The Rays happens to be the major supplier to both the Fast and Furious franchise cars, and Nismo itself.

The braking system in the Nissan Nismo comes from the regular GT-R. However, the rims in the Nissan Nismo come fixed with 14mm studs that deliver a relatively higher torque. At the same time, it also helps in withstanding the track stress better.

The body of the car is primarily made up of carbon fiber which includes the boot lid, the spoilers, and the bumper. All in all, the body is designed while keeping the aerodynamic effects under full consideration.

In order to accommodate the larger wheels, the front guards are kept a little bit wider.

Moving onto the interior, Nissan makes use of unique Nismo instruments. In place of leather, Alcantara is used and carbon-backed Recaro seats are featured.

These lightweight seats manage to maintain some semblance of functionality (rare on sports cars nowadays) and allow a manual adjustment for a driver’s comfort.

The Nissan GT-R has already had a reputation of being highly sophisticated itself. This car can be thought of like a big step-up. Hence, the level of sophistication that it offers is totally bewildering.

With that, the Nissan GT-R Nismo is one rare car. This is because every year, only 200 models of this car are made. Moreover, countries such as New Zealand get allocated only a single model per year. Hence, those GT-R veterans who have managed to get their hands on this beauty may consider themselves extremely lucky.

At the end of the day the Nissan GT-R Nismo is simply one beast of a car, designed to deliver an unmatched perfection and ridiculous power.

Let the games begin.

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