The Nissan GT-R Nismo has made its public debut at the LA Motor Show 2013, following the reveal of the car earlier this week. Although the car at the show is the production model, the Nissan GT-R Nismo release date isn't expected to be until September 2014.
The GT-R Nismo's twin-turbo V6 has been tuned to deliver 591bhp and 652Nm of torque. Insiders say this’ll cut the 0-62mph time to 2.4 seconds; faster than a 911 Turbo or Ferrari 458 Speciale – or pretty much anything else on the road.
What's more, the car has set a laptime around the Nurburgring Nordschleife of under 7 minutes 10. The car was driven by German racer Michael Krumm, and this video shows his lap with an insight from the driver as to how he went so fast:
New hi-flow turbos from the GT-R GT3 car are behind the power hike, and it can now rev to 6,800rpm. A stiffer body, hollow rear anti-roll bar and new Bilstein dampers are designed to improve the handling balance and stability. Meanwhile, the suspension has been borrowed from the racing GT-R from this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours.
The handling’s final tuning was done in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering. The specialist helped develop Nismo versions of the Juke and 370Z, so the car should be well suited to use on road and track.
The carbon fibre bodykit is highlighted in red. A new front splitter and wing add 100kg of downforce at 186mph. Inside, the GT-R Nismo gets carbon-backed Recaro seats and an Alcantara Nismo-branded wheel. The revised on-board lap computer has fresh telemetry and downloadable lap data.
A Nissan spokesperson said the car is due to go on UK sale in September with a six-figure price tag.