Tokyo Motor Show: 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo Aims to Destroy Small-Volume Hypercars

By Jacob Brown | November 19, 2013
We're taken aback by the Nissan GT-R and everything it does. It's simply an amazing piece of machinery. From the time it was a 485-horsepower wunderkind back in 2008 to the current 545-horsepower model that we recently took on a road trip to Area 51, the car has never ceased to amaze us with its performance. As a swan song of the current-generation supercar's life, Nissan is instilling in it a whole host of upgrades. We get our first look at it on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Meanwhile during the same time in Tokyo, Nissan is unveiling an even wilder, more sinister version of the car: The 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Nissan minces no words: "Naturally, the Nissan GT-R Nismo has lapped the fearsome Nordschliefe race circuit in Germany. It continues to challenge the lap-times set by small-volume, hand-built hypercars." That means Pagani, Konigsegg, and other low-volume operations better beware. Nissan is gunning for them by way of a track time of just seven minutes and eight seconds around the circuit, which would put it ahead of the last Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7:19), Lexus LFA Nurburgring package (7:14), and even the race-ready, barely street-legal Dodge Viper ACR (7:10) from just a few years ago. For further perspective, the standard 2014 GT-R goes 'round the 'Ring in 7:24.
And for cars made today, Porsche recently listed 6:57 for its $1 million 918 Spyder, when equipped with the Weissach package. And why wouldn't it be? Nissan has endowed the GT-R Nismo with 600 horsepower from its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6, improved aerodynamics that both lower its drag coefficient to a Prius-like .27 while adding 220 pounds of rear downforce at 186 mph, and an all-new suspension derived from the one used in the Nissan GT-R 24 Hours of Nurburgring 2012 race. In fact, Nissan has even bonded and welded new parts of the GT-R's structure to make it stiffer and even less prone to flexing in heavy-load cornering. Equipped with a weight-reducing high-performance package, the car sheds an additional 143 pounds from the standard Nissan GT-R, thanks to heavy use of carbon fiber. Grip comes by way of ultra-sticky Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT 600 tires. Since the current GT-R can run from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, expect the 'roided Godzilla to hit that mark closer to the Bugatti Veyron's 2.4 seconds, which would be absolutely insane. Inside, the interior has been reworked, and Recaro seats are available in Europe and Japan; we're getting the same buckets as the other U.S. models, which are plenty fine. There will also be an app for downloadable telemetry data to see where one can improve as a driver. It's similar in concept to the recently launched BMW M Power App. We should have more details this week at the L.A. Auto Show. We expect the Nismo GT-R to cost upwards of $140,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2014. And even at that price, it's still a bargain. Source: Nissan