Special edition Nissan GT-R Nismo unveiled for 2021
592bhp Nissan GT-R Nismo gets a few minor styling tweaks, including a new exposed carbon fibre bonnet
Nissan has given the GT-R Nismo another update, less than 18 months after the last iteration of the supercar slaying sports car broke cover. It’ll go on sale in Japan this October, with the changes in keeping with Nissan’s ‘kaizen’ evolutionary approach to upgrading the GT-R since it was first unveiled back in 2007.
Revisions over the current GT-R Nismo include a fresh Stealth Grey paint finish and a new carbon fibre bonnet. The latter revision is exclusive to the new Nismo model and, unlike the previous car, it’s presented unpainted. Instead, Nissan simply lacquered the exposed carbon fibre weave, which it says shaves 100 grams off the car’s kerb weight.
There’s a set of exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels with a red accent to match the GT-R’s body trim. Nissan’s new logo, first seen on the pure-electric Ariya, also features on the coupe’s boot lid and centre caps.
Behind the new wheels sit Brembo brake calipers and carbon ceramic discs, measuring 410mm up front and 390mm at the rear. Nissan says they’re the biggest brakes ever fitted to a Japanese performance car from the factory.
Like the current model, the GT-R Nismo is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, which produces 592bhp and 600Nm of torque.
However, Nissan’s engineers have completely reworked the unit’s internals, fitting a new crankshaft, flywheel and crank pulley, along with fresh piston rings, connecting rods and valve springs. Nissan says all the new components are better balanced and made to tighter tolerances, which makes for smoother running and quicker turbo spooling to reduce what minimal lag there was.
The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system. Nissan hasn’t released an official 0-62mph time but expect the car to complete the benchmark sprint in around 2.5 seconds in optimal conditions. Top speed stands at 196mph.
Like the outgoing model, buyers still get a pair of GT3-derived turbochargers (which improved acceleration response by 20 per cent), a titanium exhaust system, adaptive Bilstein dampers, Recaro sports seats and an arsenal of cutting edge chassis technology.
It’s unclear if this new GT-R Nismo will make it to the UK, but if it does expect it to feature a small price increase over the already expensive GT-R Nismo, which is priced from £180,165.