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2013-11-20 09:44

‘RING RECORD: Nissan claims its 441kW/652Nm GT-R Nismo holds a Nurburgring record for the fastest “volume production car” lap. Image: Nissan

Nissan's motorsport division has been working its magic on the automaker's manic GT-R. In November, the automaker unleashed its blistering 441kW/652Nm GT-R Nismo edition. What's more, the facelifted standard GT-R is headed for South Africa!

Nissan has given it's monster GT-R a facelift as well as launched a version that's sure to have petrolheads salivating - the GT-R Nismo version. The race-tuned GT-R is capable of 441kW/652Nm, 44kW and 24Nm more than the standard version.

Gallery: 2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo


Nissan's motorsport division achieved the power increase by fitting the GT-R's 3.8-litre V6 with a pair of new high-flow, large diameter turbochargers, borrowed from its GT3 race car. Nismo also optimised the ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded the fuel pump to improve combustion.

According to Nissan: "It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car's performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track."

The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in February 2014 with the US and Europe to follow later. No word yet as to whether the GT-R Nismo will arrive in South Africa though the facelifted standard variant will arrive locally in 2014.

Performance figures have not been released yet though Nissan claims its GT-R Nismo can lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany in 7mins08seconds.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "With a 7min08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo* holds the volume production car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement."

The model benefits from GT-R Nismo's advanced aerodynamics package not only gives it a more sinister road presence but significantly improves the downforce - by as much as 100kg at 300km/h.


The standard GT-R is bolstered with a number of subtle design changes for 2014 such as new LEDs. The interior benefits from improved materials and trim.

The 397kW/628Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo remains unchanged though the automaker has tweaked suspension for an improved ride and better handling.

*Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options.

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