The Nissan GT-R Nismo is the top model in the GT-R family. It is equipped with improvements for the track model, and for the civilian version designed for public roads. The improvements have made the car even more powerful and dynamic. It looks like it’s too early to retire…
Nissan GT-R in Nismo configuration
Recognizing the GT-R Nismo is not very difficult. Unlike the standard GT-R we talked about recently, Nissan provides it with various carbon fiber body components, such as bumpers, front fenders, hood, sill trim, trunk lid, rear spoiler and roof.
Each component has been further improved by Nissan to reduce weight, increase downforce and improve aerodynamics. Just replacing the standard metal body panels with carbon fiber ones reduced the car’s weight by 15 kg. And that’s on top of a 20 kg weight reduction due to other lighter and improved components in other assemblies and units.
Also striking is that the front fenders are now very similar to those of the GT3 GT-R. Ventilation holes – like those on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS – draw heat away from the engine compartment and provide more downforce at the front wheels. They also reduce air resistance by optimizing the drag coefficient.
Nissan equips the GT-R Nismo with 20-inch RAYS wheels made of forged aluminum. They are lighter than before and, thanks to their nine-spoke design, are also stiffer and more durable.
The new Dunlop rubber, with a wider profile and fewer grooves, has 11 percent more contact surface on the road for better traction, better steering feel and less rolling resistance. Nissan also focused on wheel suspension. With the technical changes, stability should have improved.
The power of the 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT Bituba engine is unaffected. Thus, it still produces 600 hp and 652 Nm at its peak. From now on, the engine will use turbines directly from the GT-R GT3 race car. The supercharger has a modified turbine and fewer blades.
This results in a 20 percent faster direct response to the accelerator pedal. The exhaust sound on the Nissan GT-R is made even cooler with a new titanium muffler with titanium exhaust pipes with polished blue edges.
The six-speed double-clutch transmission has been improved and equipped with an R-mode. In this position, the gearbox shifts even faster, but also smarter. Here’s what Nissan says:
The adaptive shift program adjusts the shift algorithm to the driver’s driving style. This means the transmission shifts up and down comfortably for city street driving and more dynamically for sporty driving styles, without the driver having to adjust shift modes manually.
An important upgrade is an addition of a Brembo carbon-ceramic braking system with 410 mm front and 390 mm rear discs. This braking system reduces the unsprung weight of each wheel, making the GT-R Nismo lighter, braking more efficient and reducing stopping distances by 24 %.