The upgraded 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo is upon us, and if you want it, you're gonna pay a lot more for it than you would've the last one.
On sale in Australia now, the 2020 Nismo GT-R replaces the first Nismo hero that launched here in 2017 at an already mighty $299,000. For this upgrade, buyers will be asked $378,000 before on-road costs.
For the money, you'll get – as Paul Maric noted on his international drive in July – weight savings all round, and more grip.
Some 12 years into the model's life, Nissan and its racing arm Nismo have admirably found more (and probably the last possible) warrantable ways to shave kilograms, grams and nanograms off this certified legend's kerb weight.
Here's the short version: Lighter wheels (literally by 100 grams at each corner); more carbon fibre in the roof, bonnet, boot, side panels and spoiler (10.5kg saved in total); new carbon-ceramic Brembo braking system (16.3kg unsprung weight saved); a new GT3 racing 10-vane turbocharger (down from 11) with 0.3mm-thinner vanes (reducing mass by 14.5 per cent); and new Recaro race seats up front (1.6kg lighter each).
Beyond weight-saving measures, Nismo has improved stickiness, with the new Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 tyres up front bringing a semi-slick pattern with an improved edge radius for better cornering and reduced understeer. The new tread offers an 11-per-cent greater contact area with the road, while the new compound increases grip by 7 per cent.
Unchanged is power, with the venerable (never has a word been used more respectfully in place of 'old') VR38DETT engine, again producing 441kW of power and 652Nm of torque, matched to a six-speed dual-clutch auto and constant all-wheel drive.
As always, Nismo/Nissan have refrained from quoting a 0-100km/h time for its hero, but our somewhat haphazard (as is the way with frenzied media events) VBox test recorded a 3.1-second run.
Circumstances on the day suggest a number in the 2-second range could be achieved, and indeed there have been claims in that neighbourhood before – with the earlier, $299,000 model.
Make of that, what you will. Ultimately, this is probably the last Nismo GT-R we'll see in the R35 line. If Nismo expects to sell many of these at all, it'll likely to be to investors and those who simply thrive on owning the last of anything. Certainly it's a thing.
Read and watch Paul Maric's review here. You'll see from his experience, if only vicariously: this is a wonderful, memorable thing, perhaps even a last-of-an-era monument.
It deserves respect – paid best, one might suggest, from afar.