A reputable Japanese Domestic Market tuning magazine, called 7tune, has released an article with an image of what is purported to be a close likeness to the 2016 Nissan GT-R. The magazine article reports that the new GT-R will continue to use the twin-turbocharged V6 that is in the 2015 version and add an electrically powered motor, as well. If this information is correct, then the GT-R could become the most powerful, and one of the most affordable, supercars in the world. Estimates place the overall base horsepower rating in the neighborhood of 800 and the upgraded Nismo package could increase that figure by over ten-percent.
In other breaking Nissan news, the 2014 Geneva Motor Show marked the European debut of the 2015 GT-R Nismo version. Affectionately referred to as “Godzilla”, the capable Premium, Black, and Track package GT-Rs are outfitted with 545-horsepower V6 engines, performance tuned suspension systems, and automated manual gearboxes. If these standard GT-R models are Godzilla-like, then the Nismo GT-R is more like Super-Godzilla. Equipped with an enhanced version of the 3.8-liter V6 with larger turbochargers, lifted from the GT-3 Race Car and improved induction capabilities, the 2015 GT-R Nismo boasts 590-horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque. It can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7-seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph. Engine composition is totally lightweight aluminum, with dual-overhead camshafts, 24-valves, and direct fuel injection. A free-flowing Nismo tuned exhaust system allows the heart of the angry beast to breathe with a throaty rumble while ransacking highways and surface streets.
The interior of the GT-R seems inspired by the cockpit of a combat fighter jet. Carbon-fiber racing seats covered in plush premium charcoal leather with red suede panels, leather covered dash and center console, and leather covered door panels lend an air of elegance while providing generous support in even the most challenging of driving scenarios. The instrumentation is of the analog variety and, in keeping with the interior theme, features red accents with stylishly placed NISMO badging. The steering wheel is thick and covered in fine leather with an oversized horn button brandishing a silver “GT” with a Nismo Red “R” underneath it. It is loaded with metallic colored controls that match the finish of the wheel perfectly; paddle shifters included. The center stack is laid out with large straightforward controls and an 8.5-inch LCD touchscreen; the absolute latest in audio, communication, and connectivity are on-board.
As if the GT-R does not present an intimidating enough exterior image, the Nismo version adds red front end and side sills, an ultra-aggressive aerodynamics package with an upgraded front and rear fascia and rear wing, and wider six-spoke wheels. The Nismo has a lower center of gravity, less drag, and more downforce than the other GT-R models.
Nismo tuned suspension bits include a hollow 17.3-mm rear sway bar, larger diameter wheel hub attachment bolts for added stability, stiffer sub-frame welds and a special adhesive agent is used for carbon-fiber panels to stiffen the entire body structure. Bilstein DampTronic adjustable shocks with Track, Race, and Race Plus settings and stiffer springs keep the huge (255/40-20 front and 285/35-20 rear) Dunlop tires firmly planted in the turns. Cornering stability is further increased with the use of new front links which increase caster trail. Massive cross-drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes bring this real-monster (not just a Japanese television character) to a halt.
It is no wonder that the Nismo GT-R ripped up the track at Germany’s famed Nurburgring Raceway; completing a fastest lap in only 6:57. When you consider the capabilities of this little Nissan combined with the fact that it can compete with supercars that go for nearly $1-million, the $150k price tag seems like a real bargain.