Nismo is not all about increasing power

Nismo says that its range of performance cars are not all about an increase in power over the donor Nissan model, but more about the overall dynamics that create a sporty car.
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Speaking to the media at the Nismo festival in Japan, the company’s chief product specialist, Horisho Tamura, said that “increasing the power is not just it” when it comes to building Nismo vehicles.

“Chassis and aerodynamics should come first, so they have to be built in a robust manner and if we increase power and if there’s an imbalance, we need to look at the basic parts.” Tamura said.

“I don’t want to chase high power, for me that’s an imbalance”.

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Nismo currently makes performance variants of the GT-R, 370Z, Juke, Micra and Note (Europe only).

In the case of the GT-R Nismo, it packs an impressive 441kW of power and 652Nm of torque – up 37kW/24Nm over the regular GT-R. Meanwhile the 370Z Nismo gets an additional 13kW of power and 8Nm of torque while the Juke Nismo is up 13kW/30Nm.

All cars gain a variety of suspension and body rigidity improvements as well as plenty of exterior and interior bling.

Nismo’s chief vehicle engineer, Noboru Kaneko, said the areas that are improved include ‘body stiffness, construction and suspension tune”.

Although the Nismo brand has been around for 30 years, specialising in Motorsports and special edition GT-Rs, it’s only since last year that Nissan has completely taken over and created a lineup of Nismo tuned vehicles outside of the GT-R. Since then more than 30,000 Nismo have been sold around the world.

The plan is to globalise the Nismo brand and Nissan's performance variants within reach of more buyers.

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