How do you take Godzilla, one of the meanest, fastest, most absurd monsters on the road, and transform it into something even more ludicrous? You hit it with a radioactive dosage of NISMO technology. Nissan recently released the secrets of the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO in a Nov. 18 Car and Driver article, with some in depth details and a claimed Nürburgring time that will have other manufacturers rethinking their supercars.
With Nissan’s in-house company, NISMO, they will be making the newest GT-R into a hybrid. Electric technology coupled with larger turbochargers, newly developed ignition timing and an improved exhaust and intake system bring Godzilla to a whole new fire-breathing level. The GT-R’s power output has been increased to 595 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque; however, NISMO says that power has only been limited to these figures to restrain the engine from ripping apart the transmission.
The newest GT-R will come with wider Rays wheels in the front and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST tires all around. The NISMO created suspension also improves the supercar’s connection with the road. The dampers still have three options for stiffness that are once again electronically adjustable, however, they’ve now been renamed Track, Race and Race Plus.
Nissan has made the supercar’s performance a goal of having a Nürburgring time of less than 7:10.00. As a result, they’ve created a new unnamed track version of the GT-R that has an adjusted suspension to fit the uneven surfaces of the iconic German track. Weight has also been reduced by 143 lbs, regardless of the added hybrid technology and larger GT-R GT3 racecar derived turbos.
With all of the new and improved characteristics, Nissan announced a track time of just 7:08.69. NISMO says this track version will see production and be available to the public for under $200,000. Sadly, the GT-R NISMO will only be available in Japan for the next year. But once we see the new Godzilla hit US shores, it’ll surely sell quickly with a price well worth the buck assuming the incredible performance and innovative technology that comes with it.
(Source: Car and Driver)
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