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High price of a new Nissan GT-R

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Nissan Nismo

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo will cost more than the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the 911 GT3 RS.

Nissan has announced that its latest version of the GT-R Nismo is set to have a mammoth price tag of £149,995 when order books open at the start of next month. This is more than the Porsche 911 Turbo, the McLaren 570S and the Audi R8 Plus.

The current cost of a new Porsche 911 Turbo S is at least £145,773, although it is likely that buyers considering a track car purchase will compare the new Nissan Nismo GT-R with the 911 GT3 RS, which has a UK price tag of £131,296. Will the new Nissan prove to be worth the extra £14,477?

Price goes up for the new Nissan

The price for the new Nissan is £25,000 above that of the outgoing top-of-the-range model and a huge £58,000 over the price of the GT-R Track Edition. The Nismo sits at the top of Nissan’s GT-R range and is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which is capable of producing 592bhp.

Drivers buying on the American market will get even more power than those driving in Europe, with the engine offering no less than 600bhp. Hiroshi Tamura, head of the Nissan’s GT-R division, said that 592bhp is the cooling limit during flat out ‘autobahn’ driving, whilst there’s no possibility of going flat out in the States and so motorists in that market get another eight horses.

The engine takes its inspiration from GT3 competitors and there are a pair of large diameter, high-flow turbocharges. The power, meanwhile, is sent to all of the car's wheels with the help of a dual-clutch, six speed automatic gearbox and the engine is built by hand by specially-trained technicians.

Nissan has not yet confirmed its official performance figures for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo but it shares its predecessor’s power train, suggesting that it is likely to have a top speed of 200mph and be able to reach 62mph in about 2.5 seconds.

Minimal external changes by Nissan

There have been few changes made to the appearance of the Nismo GT-R for 2017 but a fine-tooth comb has been taken to the interior. When it comes to aesthetics, the new Nismo GT-R follows the popular facelift approach and gets a new bumper on the front. On the Nismo, this bumper is made completely from carbon fibre.

The 2017 Nissan Nismo GT-R also gets a larger front grille, which helps with cooling the engine, and its dampers and springs have benefited from some adjustment in order to boost downforce. Nissan claims that these tweaks mean that the cornering performance and slalom times of the new Nismo are almost two per cent better than those of the previous model. There is also the potential to personalise the settings thanks to the car’s adaptive damper system.

The new Nismo has new aero parts for each flank, and underside as well, and this is all bolted onto a new stiffer body shell. The result is a vehicle which produces the greatest downforce of any production car that has ever been built by Nissan, enabling the driver to exploit its new and improved handling capabilities.

Inside the 2017 Nissan Nismo GT-R

Inside, enhancements include a new Alcantara -covered steering wheel and central armrest and a revamped dashboard. The Nismo GT-R also gets its own unique carbon, leather-covered bucket seats, complete with Alcantara inserts.

The dash has a larger eight-inch display and there is a simplified button layout. The display command control also allows the driver to operate the display without ever having to touch the screen.

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