Nissan confirmed the European debut of the Nismo edition of the GT-R sports car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The factory-tuned Nismo is a more powerful, stiffer, tauter, and even sportier version of the already mind-blowingly quick GT-R; kind of like what the Turbo S is to the Porsche 911 range.
Honed for the European roads, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo features a reworked version of the same 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 found in the normal models, but here it makes 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652 Nm) of torque. Nismo has used their GT3 racing know-how in developing this powertrain, which comes with stuff like optimised individual ignition timing and upgraded fuel pump.
The performance upgrade is complemented with some serious structural work to make sure you can use all of the power all of the time. Nismo GT-R has Bilstein DampTronic dampers on all four corners, offering Comfort, Normal and R driving modes, bespoke Dunlop tires, a special wishbone system for optimum wheel position during high-speed cornering, and a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar.
As usual, the engineers were so caught up in making the car faster, they basically forgot about the comfort and refinement. So while Nissan GT-R Nismo comes with some nice leather on the Recaro seats and the dashboard, and features Alcantara-wrapped bits and bobs, it really isn’t any better than standard model in terms of comfort and convenience. In fairness, all GT-R buyers want is speed. You don’t buy this car for going to the shops.
Nissan GT-R Nismo is visually distinguished over the standard car with revised bumpers, a carbon fiber aero kit and red accents all over the body, plus unique 6-spoke wheels Super GT wheels in black.