And a new coat of paint.
The R35-generation Nissan GT-R has now been with us here in the US since 2007, so when we heard some GT-R news was breaking today, we were hoping for a new version. But, like in 2011 and 2017, we're getting another update. Nissan, knowing the age of this car, wants us to know that "the continuous evolution" of its flagship now "takes another step forward." Well, a baby step, at least.
The 2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition will feature a Nismo-exclusive Stealth Gray exterior color, new edition 20-inch Rays forged aluminum wheels with red accents, and a new clear-coated carbon fiber hood with exposed carbon weave. The GT-R will get the company's new throwback logo, with marks on the trunk lid and wheel center caps.
The Nismo Special Edition will sport the same tune as the standard GT-R Nismo, meaning 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. Nissan says that the Special Edition uses specific "high-precision, weight-balanced parts for the piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft, and valve gear components dialed in with tighter tolerances, delivering snappier engine revs and quicker turbo spooling."
A six-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to all-wheel-drive is standard, as is a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time.
After hitting the streets in 2007, the R35 Nissan GT-R was updated in 2011 with new engine mapping, changes to valve timing, and a revised exhaust. It also received larger brake rotors and a stiffer chassis along with a gentle massaging of its nose. Most importantly, it toned down the brutal and impressive launch control function that was ripping the GT-R's dual-clutch transmission to shreds.
Nissan gave it another facelift in 2017, increasing output to 562 hp (from 544 hp), and tuning the transmission to shift quicker, somehow. It also got a version of Nissan's V-Motion grille that aided in cooling, new leather, a new steering wheel, and a new infotainment system. Mechanically, the GT-R's suspension, exhaust, and braking systems were all upgraded as well.
Now it's 2021, we're 13 or so years down the road from that first GT-R, and we're still looking at a very similar vehicle. If this was a Honda Accord or Ford Escape, this might be a problem. But the Nissan GT-R Nismo, currently priced at $210,740, is still one of the fastest cars on the road, hands down. And if Nissan drags this beast along for another few years before a full redesign, which allows it to spend money building a new Z car, we can accept it.
The 2022 Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition goes on sale this fall. Expect it to top even the current Nismo's eye-watering base price of $210,740.