The Nismo GT3 is the GT-R for the serious racers, and it's RWD
The Nissan GT-R is an impressive machine, made even more so in track-focused Nismo spec. But the one that separates the pretenders from the true racers is the Nismo GT3. It may be based on the road car but the GT3 is redesigned from the ground up to be a single-minded track racing machine. While you can pick up a base GT-R for $100k and drive home a Nismo version for $175k, the GT3 will set you back roughly $550,000. That excludes delivery charges and any additional parts you may need for the racing series you intend participating in.
That is a big chunk of change, but then again you are buying a race ready car that has won the Bathurst 12 Hour outright as well as winning its class in the Blancpain Endurance Series among others. Years of development has gone into the car and close on 20,000-miles of testing have been done in the car since April last year. To develop the 2018 model Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Nismo has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world, " said CEO of Nismo, Takao Katagiri.
Nissan has offered the GT-R GT3 to customers since 2012, the engine is based on the familiar VR38DETT twin-turbo unit you find in the road cars, suitably strengthened and now mounted 150 mm further back to improve weight distribution. Its 542 hp is sent solely to the rear wheels through an updated and more rugged 6-speed transmission. Uprated brakes and a newly designed front and rear suspension are some of the other improvements for the new model. The 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 will be available for delivery from early 2019.