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.
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.
“[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.