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Nissan Reveals 591hp GT-R Nismo

2013 Tokyo Auto Salon / 125 Comments

Race-derived chassis, advanced aerodynamics and uprated engine combine to make this the fastest volume production car to have ever lapped the Ring.

Set to be one of the stars of this week's Tokyo Motor Show, the Nissan GT-R Nismo has been unveiled following some leaked info and images that popped up ahead of schedule. Under the hood, Nismo has tweaked the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 to deliver 591 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque by adding larger diameter turbos used for GT3 racing, optimizing the ignition timing control for each cylinder, upgrading the fuel pump, and adding a new exhaust system, which all combine to improve breathing and combustion.

Nissan failed to release performance figures but the GT-R Nismo is expected to sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds, a 0.2 sec improvement over the stock car. CEO Carlos Ghosn did, however, reveal that with a 7:08.679 lap time, the GT-R Nismo is the fastest volume production car to have ever lapped the Nurburgring. Inspired by the Nismo racing GT-R, the suspension setup has been tuned for agility, road-holding and handling finesse, with the Nismo GT-R said to offer exceptional levels of grip, stiffness and improved straight line and cornering stability, as well as reduced roll.

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Changes include a new anti-roll bar, new springs, Bilstein Damptronic dampers, and exclusive Dunlop-developed Nismo tires. Exterior enhancements include a new carbon-fiber aero kit made up of a front bumper, rear spoiler and undercover strake, lowering the center of gravity and generating an extra 100kg of downforce at 186 mph. It also rides on GT500 race-inspired six-spoke alloys and comes in a new Dark Matte Grey body color. Inside, the GT-R Nismo gets an Alcantara-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, red stitching and certain markets will get carbon fiber-backed Recaro seats.