Nissan's Nismo GT-R: Even More Bang For Your Buck

What is it?

This is the latest - and fastest - version of the Playstation enthusiast's ultimate pin-up performance car, the Nissan GT-R. This particular flavour is the Nismo GT-R, fettled by the Nissan Motorsports division.

So what's new?

Pretty much everything you see and a large chunk of what you can't see.

Unlike the Nismo 370Z, which is effectively a mild retune and a heavy options list, the Nismo GT-R packs significantly more power and funnels it through a purpose-tuned chassis set-up. The body has been reworked to provide much more downforce while minimising drag - producing 100kg more downforce at 186mph than the 2014 Nissan GT-R but retaining the same drag coefficient.

What powers it?

It's largely the same 3.8 litre V6 unit found in any other GT-R, but this one's been assisted by a pair of turbochargers lifted from Nismo's GT3 championship-winning race car which, along with other upgrades, help it produce 591hp and 481lb-ft - that's about 120hp more than the very first GT-R produced.

How much will it cost me?

It's not going to be on sale in Europe until the back half of 2014, though buyers in Japan can get their hands on it at the same time the regular GT-R arrives in February. Estimates put the GT-R at around the 75,000 mark, while the Nismo will set you back around 130,000.

Anything else?

As part of the tweaking regime, Nissan took the Nismo GT-R to the Nrburgring where it set a lap time of 7'08.679. This is by some margin the fastest time for a vehicle with four seats and the fastest time for any car whose production isn't a limited run.

The performance isn't just a theoretical track time set by a professional driver (in this case Nissan factory driver and GT1 world champion Michael Krumm). The Nismo reputedly leaps to 60mph in a scarcely credible two seconds - traffic lights will never be the same again.

Any alternatives?

Well... no, not really. The Porsche 911 GT3 is a bit cheaper and a bit slower (though the RS model might change that) while also having four seats, but the rear seats are really there in name alone. The Ferrari 458 Speciale is a lot more expensive, slower and has 2 seats only. It'd be a nice dilemma to have, certainly.

In a line?

Absolutely the fastest way from here to there for you and three friends.

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