The current GT-R has been around for the best part of a decade but it still is one of the faster cars out there. While the car will have to be eventually replaced, it looks like Nissan isn’t just ready yet. Instead, they will release a high performance version for it in the near future. The 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo should arrive in the upcoming months. The update is already overdue, especially since Nissan updated the regular GT-R but not the Nismo. This should solve all the problems and make the Nismo a far better car than it used to be.
Even though they updated the car quite recently, the GT-R is still one of the older super-cars out there. When it was released, the car used to cost little over $50,000. At the price it was an incredible deal which made many people buy it. However, this is not really the case anymore. The GT-R is expensive and it can barely match some of its rivals. We do hope things will change with the Nismo though. It looks like Nissan will not just update the car’s looks. The will also go through its running gear in order to make it a more capable machine. For starters, we noticed that the prototype had much larger carbon ceramic brakes. The car was also lower which suggests new shocks and sprigs. We do hope that this time around these are fully adjustable in order to give the driver more control over the car.
Release date and price
They will likely release the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo in the upcoming months. The car will likely be available for a few short years before being replaced with a new model. The price is still under wraps. The current generation starts at nearly $150,000 which makes it one of the most expensive cars Nissan ever made. The new version should be even more expensive which will ruin the car’s price to performance ratio.
2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo specs
The current GT-R uses a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which is good for 565 horsepower. This is a considerable amount, even for a car that costs $110,000. The drawback is that the GT-R is a rather heavy car and the engine is not exactly lag-free. Because of that, it needs to be revved up in order to deliver that power. The same will happen with the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Even though the specifics are still unknown, the car is going to use the same 3.8 liter engine. However, most rumors are saying it will offer well north of what the current version has. There have been some saying it will provide around 610 to 620 horsepower and over 500 lb-ft of torque. This should be enough to allow the lighter Nismo to hit 60 MPH in under 2.7 seconds. Its top speed might drop as the Nismo will use a different aerodynamic package. This will give the car more drag but it will also give it more downforce. Thanks to that, it should be able to be much better during hard cornering. The 6 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on the other hand is likely not going to change much. We do expect some software updates but that’s about it.
Exterior and interior
We were able to take a good look at the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo not that long ago. Even though it was just a development prototype, most of the aerodynamic kit was clearly visible. Thanks to that we can see that in the front the Nismo will come with a far more aggressive splitter. The car will also receive new intakes as well as a different bumper. The rear doesn’t look that changed but the diffuser
definitely seems larger. There is also a new wing on the car while the side-skirts seem to be slightly different too. As before, the Nismo will come with lightweight six-spoke wheels and a unique livery.
So far not much has been said about the interior. Despite that, it is safe to assume the 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo will be mostly identical to the regular GT-R. The big difference here will be the Alcantara Nissan will use as well as the new steering wheel. Some also said Nissan will use new seats but this is highly unlikely at this point.
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