NISSAN GT-R NISMO REVEALED
Nissan's new hero car, the GT-R Nismo, has burst out of the bag, with a pair of official images and a grip of key details hitting the net today.
Exposed in yet another broken media embargo overseas, the hotly anticipated supercoupe brings more power, enhanced handling, styling and aero tweaks - and a sharp new Nurburgring lap time.
Full details are still to be revealed, but it is believed the GT-R Nismo will boost outputs to a hefty 444kW (at 6800rpm) and 650Nm of torque.
That's up from 404kW and 628Nm in the 'regular' 2013 GT-R - itself markedly more powerful than the 361kW model offered back in 2007.
The boost is reportedly thanks to larger turbochargers, upgraded intake and exhaust systems.
Reports overseas today suggest that Nismo executives had also confirmed that while even more power could have been extracted, the potential for damaging the six-speed dual-clutch auto kept engineers reined in.
(Aftermarket tuners will argue that more power can be found without the transmission exploding, but as a factory outfit, Nismo will also have warranty concerns to consider.)
Acceleration figures have not been released, but reports claim that Nismo has confirmed a properly quick Nurburgring lap time of 7:08.69, recorded on September 30.
That time makes the GT-R Nismo quicker than a long list of supercars, and drops it just 11 seconds behind Porsche's 918 Spyder hypercar.
The model that made that lap was fitted with an optional Track pack however, which reportedly cuts weight by around 65kg, tightens the chassis and adds manually adjustable Öhlins dampers.
The pack also gets new carbon-fibre components and fixed racing seats.
In its 'regular' form, the GT-R Nismo still gets stiffer springs and dampers, along with larger anti-roll bars. There's also re-calibrated Track, Race and Race Plus modes.
The Nismo bodykit also brings unique styling tweaks, along with greater downforce over the regular GT-R models.
Watch for more details to come when the GT-R Nismo debuts later this week.