Known as one of the most challenging and longest race tracks in the world, the Nurburgring race course is the location where the new 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo made its debut. This same location is the place where the GTR’s potent performance was tuned, honed, and developed. Just like the “normal” GT-R, the Nismo also features a new bumper that gives the front fascia a freshened look. Other changes include an enlarged V-motion grille with dark accents, a much reinforced hood, and redesigned canards. Want to get more news? The following review will keep you apprised with the least information regarding the new GT-R Nismo including its likely release date, and its pricing estimates.
Introduced nine years ago, the GT-R rewrote the conventional idea about sports cars that we’ve grown up to know. Relative to its peers, the GT-R is a distinct sports car that is built on a dedicated design and platform to reflect the Japanese culture at a more favorable price. In 2015, the Japanese marque included the GT-R Nismo in the existing lineup. It was more powerful and was offered with a revised aerodynamic package enabling it zoom from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
As already mentioned, several changes have been offered for the 2018 GT-R Nismo. The exterior has received mild updates on the bumper, grille, aerodynamics, and on the canards. The result is more downforce, better efficiency, and exceptional high-speed stability. Five different exterior colors are available. The interior also hasn’t been left out in the raft of changes Nissan has offered its supercar. The cabin is more premium than before. High-quality Alcantara leather covers up the surfaces of the center armrest, steering wheel, and dashboard. The number of switches has been reduced to 11 from 27 for the previous model via redesigns to the center dash layout.
The 8-inch panel monitor has been enlarged and now features large display icons and is simple to use. Nissan also thought it wise to provide a new Display control on the carbon fiber center console that comes in handy when travelling at high speeds. This feature enables drivers to operate the Display command control without touching the eight-inch touch-panel monitor. Red Alcantara inserts on the Recaro carbon bucket seats make the GT-R Nismo unique relative to the rest of the lineup.
Nissan also didn’t forget about the performance of the AWD. The all-wheel-drive GT-R Nismo has been upgraded as well. The new model now handles better thanks to the added downforce that has been made possible by the refined stabilizers, springs, and shock absorbers of the GT-R Nismo. The performance updates are evidenced by the car’s superior cornering performance and enhanced slalom times.
According to the Chef Product Specialist of the GT-R Nismo – Hiroshi Tamura, “The new 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo provides the highest levels of exhilaration and excitement even for the most experienced driver. This has been achieved through relentless engineering and witty designs that have made the GT-R Nismo emphasize the “R” in its nomenclature.”
2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo Release Date & Price
Pricing is under wraps for now, but we expect the new changes to cause a slight increase in the existing model’s $154,000 MSRP. The slight increase in question should be around four grand according to our estimates. The release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2018.
2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo Exterior
Changes on the front fascia are minimal, which means it is largely identical to the outgoing model. The V-motion grille accented in dark chrome accents gives the fascia an assertive stance. The headlights, grille, and the engine hood, by and large, remain unchanged over the existing model. While the grille’s design remains unchanged, it comes with “Nismo” inserts with red and chrome letters as evidenced by the photos.
2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo Coupe Interior
The changes available in the cabin mirror those offered for the standard 2018 GT-R. features include a three-spoke steering wheel, a redesigned dashboard, a new Display Command control, a bigger 8.0-inch TFT screen, and high-quality Alcantara and Recaro sport seats.
The new 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo is one among three trim models that belong to the larger Nissan GT-R family that consists of Premium, and Black Edition models. The Nismo version is the high-performance version.
Like the previous model, the new model makes 600 horsepower @6,800 rpm and 481 pounds-feet of torque @3,600 – 5,600 rpm via the powerful 3.8L V6 DOHC engine beneath its hood. Top speed stands at 191 mph, while the 0-60 mph takes a blistering 2.9 seconds.
Standard safety features available include full-length side curtain and front-seat side airbags, traction and stability control, and antilock disc brakes. A host of optional ones should be available too, but the contents should be expected on its release date, as shall the NHTSA-provided crash-impact safety ratings’ results.