By Stewart Smith on 2016-10-11 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Nissan GT-R NISMO
The high-performance race car for the road has power supplied from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 delivering 600bhp - 30bhp more than any other car in the range.
The engine features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 motor racing competition, and power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch paddle shift gearbox.
However, for the NISMOl it's made entirely from carbon fibre to reduce weight.
To help cool the car's high-output engine, the dark chrome V-motion grille has been enlarged to collect more air.
The redesign has been shaped to improve airflow around the vehicle and generate a high level of downforce, while at the same time directing air around the wheels to improve the aerodynamics.
The GT-R NISMO generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date, to create high-speed stability.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, thanks in part to the standard model's significantly reinforced body structure. This allowed the engineering team to further refine the GT-R NISMO's shock absorbers, springs and stabilisers.
This upgrade results in the car's improved slalom times and superior cornering performance, both of which are nearly two per cent better than the previous version.
Despite its more potent nature, the new GT-R NISMO is said to have better overall balance than before, evolving into a car that can be enjoyed on regular roads as well as race circuits.
A more premium and sophisticated interior is one of the key enhancements to the new GT-R and the NISMO version is no exception.
The redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and centre armrest are covered with high-quality Alcantara leather. Unique to this version are the leather-covered Recaro carbon bucket seats with red inserts.
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