Nissan has announced that the 2015 GT-R Nismo will be priced at USD 1,49,990 (Rs 93 lakh) for the US market and will go on sale from July 31. For the extra USD 50,000 charged over the ‘regular’ GT-R, you get a host of mechanical and aerodynamic updates, courtesy Nismo, the motorsports and performance division of Nissan. These upgrades helped Nismo GT-R clock 7:08 minutes time on the legendary Nurburgring, a whopping 20 seconds faster than that of the standard GT-R, which makes it one of the fastest production cars to ever take on the track.
The Nismo GT-R was internationally unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in December. It uses a tuned version of the 3.8-litre V6 engine with upgraded turbochargers and fuel pump which produces 595bhp and 652Nm of torque which is a 55bhp and 23Nm boost over the standard car. The engine drives all four wheels via a six-speed sequential dual-clutch transmission. The car also features new Bilstein DampTronic shocks with three modes and a larger 34mm front anti-roll bar. The Nismo GT-R rides on wider Dunlop tyres and six-spoke wheels, inspired by the GT500 race car. The front of the car features a new fascia and LED headlamps while the front end and side sills get a red trim. The rear has also been reworked and now features a massive spoiler.
Inside, the red trim has been carried forward on to the Recaro bucket seats, instrument console and on to the three-spoke steering wheel as well. Nissan has also added an 11-speaker Bose audio system. The car will be offered in five colour schemes- Solid Red, Jet Black, Super Silver, Pearl White and Matte Gray.
The Nismo GT-R costs almost double than what a base GT-R cost back in 2009 and is more expensive than the Porsche 911 Turbo. With the amount of work that has been done on this car, the Nismo GT-R seems to be an appropriate competitor for the 911 GT3. But at 475bhp, the German car is clearly underpowered than the Nismo GT-R which makes the more powerful but less track focused 911 Turbo as its rival.