It’s hard to keep something this powerful under wraps. The hotly anticipated Nissan GT-R Nismo has been unveiled following some leaked info and images that popped up ahead of its scheduled debut at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, where it’s expected to be one of the brightest stars.
This race-oriented model boasts “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. Under the hood, Nismo has tweaked the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 to deliver 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque by adding larger diameter turbos used for GT3 racing, optimizing the ignition timing control for each cylinder, upgrading the fuel pump, and adding a new exhaust system, which all combine to improve breathing and combustion.
Nissan did not release performance figures, but the GT-R Nismo is expected to sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds, a 0.2 sec improvement over the stock car, according to CarBuzz.
CEO Carlos Ghosn did, however, reveal that with a 7:08.679 lap time, the GT-R Nismo is the fastest volume production car to have ever lapped the Nurburgring. (See video, below.)
Inspired by the Nismo racing GT-R, the suspension setup has been tuned for agility, road-holding and handling finesse, with the Nismo GT-R said to offer exceptional levels of grip, stiffness and improved straight line and cornering stability, as well as reduced roll.
Changes include a new anti-roll bar, new springs, Bilstein Damptronic dampers, and exclusive Dunlop-developed Nismo tires. Exterior enhancements include a new carbon-fiber aero kit made up of a front bumper, rear spoiler and undercover strake, lowering the center of gravity and generating an extra 100kg of downforce at 186 mph.
It also rides on GT500 race-inspired six-spoke alloys and comes in a new Dark Matte Grey body color. Inside, the GT-R Nismo gets an Alcantara-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, red stitching and certain markets will get carbon fibre-backed Recaro seats.
Nissan says the GT-R Nismo will be available in Japan in late February 2014, in the U.S. and Europe later in 2014 and in Canada shortly thereafter.