The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, thanks in part to the standard model’s significantly reinforced body. The stiffened body structure allowed Nissan’s engineers to further refine the GT-R NISMO’s shock absorbers, springs and stabilisers, all of which, when combined with the car’s added downforce, result in a better handling car than the previous model. This is evidenced by the car’s improved slalom times and superior cornering performance (both up by nearly 2 percent from the past model).
The GT-R’s special Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable system features a special NISMO-tuned shock absorber that more effectively transfers the power of the 592 bhp (600PS) twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre to the road surface.
Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the GT-R NISMO’s engine is the result of the expertise that NISMO has gained from participating in many global motorsports events. Mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition. As with the standard model, each GT-R NISMO engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by trained technicians, with an aluminium plate added to the front of each engine showing the name of the TAKUMI engine craftsman.
Despite its more potent nature, the new GT-R NISMO boasts better overall balance than before, evolving into a car that can be enjoyed on winding mountain roads as on the track