Nissan has revealed the refreshed, more powerful GT-R NISMO at the 2019 New York Motor Show, showcasing new cosmetic upgrades that channel its inner race car.
Following hot on the heels of their 50th Anniversary Edition 370Z reveal, Nissan also chose to use this year’s New York Motor Show as host for the unveiling of the new Nissan GT-R NISMO. The highly anticipated GT-R arrives 30kg lighter courtesy of a redesigned exterior and some new interior bits, while various performance upgrades improve engine response and improve power.
The standard GT-R's 3.8-litre V6 powerplant is boosted with a tuned version of the twin-turbos from their GT3 racer and helps squeeze out 592bhp and 652Nm of torque, which goes to all four wheels via a re-programmed six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Updates include a set of Brembo callipers clamping down on carbon ceramic disc brakes to contain the extra power, and an updated suspension system keeps the car firmly planted to the tarmac. Wrapped around an exclusive set of 20-inch RAYS alloy wheels are newly designed Dunlop tyres that feature a wider tread and fewer grooves for improved steering response and better cornering stability for the GT-R NISMO.
Exterior updates include carbon fibre bumpers, side skirts, bonnet, roof and boot-lid. Just like on its GT3 racer sibling, the GT-R NISMO has scalloped vents on the front wings that help downforce by funnelling hot air out of the engine bay and from under the vehicle, and a titanium exhaust system helps the spent engine gasses escape from the back of the car.
The interior receives only minor changes, including new leather-and-Alcantara trimmed sports seats that offer better driver support, with wider shoulder pads and thicker bolstering.
The new track-ready Nissan GT-R NISMO is lighter, faster and better handling than its forerunner and, although prices haven't been announced, it should be slightly more than the £152,060 of its predecessor. That may sound like a lot, but it's a relative bargain when you consider what competitors like Porsche's powerful 911s and Mercedes' AMG GT R go for.