2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 Going on Sale

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 - Front 3/4 View

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 – Front 3/4 View

Few cars have garnered more of a reputation or have sparked more controversy than Nissan’s GT-R series. This stunning creation has gone neck and neck with some of the most acclaimed names in sports cars. It has, in various incarnations, triumphed over the Porsche 911 Turbo; the Audi A8; the BMW M3; and the Mitsubishi Evo. Widely hailed as one of the fastest road-legal production sports cars on the planet, the ultimate incarnation of this muscle car must be the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. And it is about to go on sale.

In response to unquenchable demand, NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International) have been selling the 2012 model of their GT-R NISMO GT3 to racing fanatics around the world for years. The 2018 model will begin selling as from January 2019, with each individual vehicle being built-to-order.

The 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is based on the Nissan GT-R (R35) NISMO build. It has drawn from more than five years of racing experience, statistics and data to affect a purposeful evolution that promises to keep it ahead of the competition. This new model conforms to FIA GT3 regulations and is (only just) street legal.

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 - Rear 3/4 View

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 – Rear 3/4 View

The 2018 model improves on its 2015 predecessor by adopting a lower center of gravity and a more balanced weight distribution. This is achieved by mounting the engine lower and more toward the rear and implementing a dry sump system. Comprehensive upgrades to fundamental aspects include a newly designed suspension system; a redefined balance between downforce and drag; even more durable brakes; and (of course) air conditioning.

Weighing in at 3,799cc, this twin turbo junkyard dog rockets from the starting line, producing more than 637Nm of torque at 5000rmp. The V6 VR38DETT-series engine clocks out at 405kW for 6,500rmp. Its top speed lies somewhere north of 340kph.

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 - Interior View

2018 GT-R Nismo GT3 – Interior View

“[T]his car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world, ” said Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO. “Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan’s SUPER GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia.”

Nissan prides itself on this car’s dual citizenship. Yes, it hails from the Sovereign Kingdom of Kick-ass. But it is also at home in the People’s Republic of Puttering Around on a Sunday. Make no mistake, though, while this car is a kitten on the playground, it is a beast on the track. Well worth the ¥60,000,000 (about R7.2m). Price excludes tax. Shipping not included.

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