February 28, 2014 9:22 PM |
Posted By: David_Yu
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As you will have seen, Nismo have released their interpretation of the ultimate GT-R, imaginatively named, the Nismo GT-R. But is it worth £124,000 compared to the £78,000 standard GT-R? Or, more pertinently to this blog, compared to a circa £35,000 2009 model with roughly £20,000 worth of mods?
Unfortunately I can’t yet answer that with first-hand experience, as only Editor Nick Trott has driven the Nismo GT-R within the evo team so far.
First off, I love the way it looks. A thorough reworking from nose to tail and yet it doesn’t look too outlandish to be a road car. I also love the fact that parts of the bodywork have been bonded (a modern alternative to seam welding?) for increased stiffness. The carbon skirts, rear valance and raised spoiler on Stealthzilla plus the Difflow rear diffuser are about the sum total of bodywork changes. Oh and the matte grey finish, which I was delighted to see Nismo have adopted as an option too, although their version is obviously a factory paint job rather than a matte clear wrap.
The engine revision appears less impressive. Those turbos are the same ones used in 2009’s SpecV, so are hardly a radical, newly developed item. Previous iconic Nismo GT-Rs, e.g. the R33 400R and R34 Z-Tune, used heavily reworked engines, often featuring increased capacity and uprated internals, which helped justify their massively increased prices. Stealthzilla’s dyno verified 717hp is obtained through very similar turbos, a much improved intake system and the gorgeous Akrapovic titanium exhaust system.
The Nismo’s suspension is a further development of the standard car’s Bilstein Damptronic set up, with stiffer anti-roll bars and featuring 10mm wider front wheels (although retaining the same nominal tyre width as the standard car.)
Stealthzilla is running the Litchfield suspension kit, which also uses a custom-valved version of the Bilstein Damptronic shock absorbers, unique Eibach springs and stiffer anti-roll bars and I've chosen to fit 285/35 front tyres on the 13mm wider front TSW Nurburgring wheels.
The biggest specification disappointment on the Nismo is the omission of carbon-ceramic brake discs. The SpecV featured those back in 2009, so how come they’re not standard on the supposedly more track-focused Nismo? Stealthzilla uses 400mm Alcon front discs and currently runs race spec Endless pads.
Speaking of track use, the Nismo is a mere 20kg lighter than the standard car, at a still hefty 1720kg and there is no mention of any additional gearbox cooling, whereas Stealthzilla runs a Forge transmission cooler.
I guess the real question GT-R enthusiasts want answered though, is does the Nismo offer a better driving experience and performance than a standard GT-R with a few well-chosen modifications?
I can’t wait to find out when Nissan UK gets their Nismo press car...