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New Nissan GT-R Nismo unveiled

Published: 27 May 2016 Updated: 27 May 2016

► Latest Nismo-tuned GT-R revealed
► Based on recently facelifted GT-R
► Improved aero and stability at speed

Hot on the heels of the recently facelifted Nissan GT-R is the meaner, more aggressive Nismo version.

So what upgrades does it get?

Not a lot has been changed, to be honest. The front bumper’s made from carbonfibre, while the new canards at the corner are designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics. Nissan says that the Nismo generates more downforce than any of its cars to date, as a result.

The engineers have also taken the opportunity to revise the GT-R’s suspension by retuning the dampers, springs and anti-roll bars – delivering sharper, keener handling.

How much better is it in the bends? Brace yourself: Nissan says that the new Nismo offers ‘improved slalom times and superior cornering performance… both up by nearly two percent from the previous models.’ Did someone say something about diminishing returns?

Other upgrades include leather-trimmed Recaro carbonfibre buckets with red Alcantara inserts, Nismo-specific wheels and a redesigned rear bumper.

It’s more powerful, though, right?

Alas, no. The Nismo’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 punches out 592bhp and 481lb ft, which is the same as the previous Nismo GT-R. That’s still more than the newly revamped GT-R on which it is based, however, which outputs 562bhp and 470lb ft.

No official performance figures have been revealed but expect the GT-R Nismo to perform just like its predecessor, dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in less than 2.8sec. Its top speed will be in the region of 186mph.

When can I get my hands on one?

Orders for the new Nissan GT-R Nismo will be accepted from 30 May, and deliveries will begin in December 2016.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however. Previously, the GT-R Nismo cost £125,000 – so it’s likely the new version will command a similar premium. That’s a hike of around £45k over a regular GT-R.

Either way you look at it, that’s a lot of coin for a little more power, some chassis tweaks, bucket seats, new wheels and a bodykit…

Read CAR Magazine’s previous GT-R Nismo review here

2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car