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Nissan unveils GT-R Nismo: A 441kW beast!

2016-05-30 10:47

2017 NISSAN GT-R NISMO: The 2017 Nismo model features an aerodynamic kit, power upgrades and a stiffer suspension. Image: Motorpress

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Nissan's engineers build each GT-R VR38 engine entirely by hand to ensure the highest build quality. Watch how it's done.

Cape Town - Another year, another 'new' Nissan GT-R.

The latest offering is rather special - its the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO. Honed at the famous Nürburgring race track, the Nismo's front end features a new bumper. To aid cooling, the dark chrome V-motion grille has been enlarged to collect more air.

Power: 441kW/652Nm

A new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, says Nissan.

Nissan engineers reworked the 3.8-litre engine to produce 22kW more to make a total 441kW. Torque has increased from 630Nm to 652Nm.

The power upgrades are mostly from the bigger turbochagers borrowed from the Bathurst 12 Hour-winning GT-R GT3.

Gallery: 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo

When compared to the standard model: The front bumpers of the Nismo are made of carbon fiber, crafted with TAKUMI-like precision where layers of carbon-fiber sheets are carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness.

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The canards have been designed to improve airflow around the vehicle and generate a high level of downforce (more than any Nissan production car), while at the same time, direct air around the wheelhouse to improve the aerodynamics.

Inside

The new GT-R NISMO is also the benefactor of the 2017 GT-R’s refreshed interior, these include: a redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and centre armrest in leather.

The Nismo, however does have bespoke leather-appointed Recaro carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.

Honed for better handling

Silly question! Of course it is. The all-wheel drive Nismo features a stiffened body structure over the standard model with engineers refining the shock absorbers, springs and stabilizers. 

The GT-R’s Bilstein damptronic driver-adjustable system features a special Nismo-tuned shock absorber that, Nissan say, effectively transfers the power to the road.

The GT-R Nismo’s engine dubbed the “VR38DETT,” is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition. 

Bad news is, it's not coming to SA.

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