The Nissan GT-R Nismo, the brand’s ultimate performance version of its flagship super-sports car, has been renewed as part of the firm’s 2017-model-year update for the GT-R model family and unveiled on the eve of the Nürburgring 24hr endurance race last night.
A stiffened body structure, retuned track-ready suspension and a more aerodynamic body with even greater downforce are chief among what separates the new GT-R Nismo from the 2014-model-year version. The revised model goes on sale next week at an as yet unconfirmed price, with UK deliveries set to begin in December 2016. Its predecessor cost £125,000, so we expect a small increase on this price for the facelifted model.
Adding between 2% and 6% to the car’s local torsional rigidity, the standard GT-R’s revised body-in-white provides a more effective platform for Nismo’s engineers to tune the halo GT-R's stiffened coil springs, adaptive Bilstein DampTronic dampers and beefed-up anti-roll bars. As a result, Nissan claims the GT-R Nismo is 2% quicker than the 2014 version through a benchmark slalom handling test and develops a similar amount more peak lateral grip. Rays 20in forged alloy wheels are fitted to the car as standard.