As a bloke with a fair soft spot for a variety of old-school Nissans – and even more so, a bit of a long-time GT-R fan-boy – getting the opportunity to drive one of the most mental road-legal GT-Rs of all time, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo, was a huge thrill.
Although not officially a ‘limited edition’ model fixed to a specific number of units, Nissan Australia says production of the $299,000 (before on-road costs) GT-R Nismo is constrained, “due to the complex nature of manufacturing the carbon-fibre components.”
And if you do have the coin to lash out on the 441kW/652Nm twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 all-wheel-drive track-focussed monster, the Japanese carmaker’s local arm says, “Interested buyers can expect a six- to 12-month wait from ordering.” Patience is a virtue, or so they say.
Even though GT-R Nismo buyers in some overseas markets can splash out a fair bit extra on two optional Nismo ‘N Attack’ packages – a full-tilt Package A and a less extreme Package B – the options are not ones Australian buyers are offered.
Helping the 1762kg GT-R Nismo hoof around Germany’s infamous 20.8-kilometre Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in a time of 7min 8.679seconds, back on September 30, 2013, the ‘N Attack’ extras cost Japanese buyers ¥9,000,000 ($101,500) in Package A guise and ¥5,000,000 ($56,400) in Package B trim.
So, what do you get for your money then?
Well, the N Attack Package A includes carbon-fibre intercooler piping, dedicated engine and transmission control modules (computers), a 1.5-way steel-plate mechanical limited-slip front differential, a 2.0-way carbon-plate mechanical limited-slip rear differential, height- and four-way damper-adjustable Ohlins suspension, adjustable roll bars, “altered friction” front brake pads, dry carbon front fenders, an add-on front rubber spoiler, a two-point height-adjustable dry carbon rear wing with 12-point “angle regulating mechanism”, full carbon-shell driver and passenger Recaro bucket seats, and a rear seat mat and dry carbon rear bulkhead (instead of rear seats).
The N Attack Package B keeps the rear seats on board, limits the Recaro bucket seats to only the driver’s, and excludes the two uprated LSDs and carbon-fibre intercooler piping.
If you feel you haven’t spent enough money on your GT-R, Nismo additionally offers a track-only dry carbon ‘hood gurney’ for ¥80,000 ($900) and a track-only six-point Willans racing harness for ¥100,000 ($1100) – both optionally available on top of either of the N Attack packages. Sheesh!
Taking inspiration from Nissan's GT500 Super GT-series racecars, the GT-R Nismo’s black six-spoke 20-inch lightweight Rays forged-alloy wheels are simply drool-worthy.
Measuring 10 inches wide at the front and 10.5 inches wide out back – half an inch wider front and rear than the GT-R Premium Edition’s rims – the super-lightweight Rays items also feature knurling inside the bead lip to help prevent tyres from slipping on the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking.
But, being fitted to a ‘road car’, what happens if – heaven forbid – you damage one beyond repair? Bring your chequebook, that’s what.
Nissan Australia says replacement wheels for the GT-R Nismo range from $3312.68 for each front wheel to $3347.20 for each rear wheel. Each. Yikes. Stay off the kerbs…
It was fairly common knowledge among enthusiasts that previous R35 GT-Rs had a reasonably consistent issue with brake discs cracking in high-performance on-track driving.
With this in mind, we asked Nissan Australia what the cost would be to replace the GT-R Nismo’s cross-drilled brake discs, should the need ever arise.
Its answer? New front pads will set you back $447.88, new rear pads $705.60. No mention of prices for the discs themselves, but we’re guessing they won’t be cheap…
Making the GT-R Nismo 26kg lighter than a standard GT-R is no mean feat.
And sure, you might’ve spotted the GT-R Nismo’s carbon-fibre front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, and monster rear wing, but it doesn’t end there.
Did you know the car also comes standard with a carbon-fibre bootlid, a carbon-fibre lower front engine undercover, carbon-fibre front and rear brake ducts, and a carbon-composite propeller shaft? Pretty cool, ay?