Based on the Murano 4x4 and developed by Nissan’s Bedfordshire-based European Technical Centre, the GT-C features a heavily modified powertrain and chassis, and plenty of styling modifications.
While the GT-S packs a supercharged 3.5-litre V6, the Murano GT-C’s motor is turbocharged to produce 335bhp (up from 231bhp) and 265lb ft. That power is enough to propel the GT-C to 60mph in 7.0sec and on to 140mph, but Nissan claims it is the car’s in-gear acceleration that is most impressive.
Uprated suspension and a 25mm lower ride height help to offer the handling to go with the pace, while the steering has also been altered to provide improved feedback. A bespoke AP Racing brake system (362mm discs up front and 330mm items at the back) provides stopping power aplenty.
Styling tweaks give the already distinctive Murano a touch of bling, with mesh air intakes, 22-inch alloys, four exhaust pipes and a rear wing among the changes. The cabin gets hand-stitched leather and bespoke luggage. More intriguingly, the gearlever is fashioned from hand-blown glass - Murano is an island off the Venetian coast in Italy famed for its blue glass.