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Yes, this is the new NISMO GT-R

Outrageous, 592bhp factory GT-R gets new suspension and more aero

Published: 27 May 2016

The pinnacle Nissan GT-R is back. Here's the latest NISMO version. And it's been crafted with the same obsessive attention to detail as ever.

It's built on the new, stiffer 2017 standard GT-R body shell. But on top it gets freshly fettled suspension and new aero parts on every side, including the underside.

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The whole new front end is carbon fibre – even the white-painted areas of the bumper. It's the most precious kind of carbon, too, hand-laid so that it can be strong where needed and tissue-light elsewhere. Then it's slowly autoclaved to harden.

The engine is as per last year's NISMO, a 600PS (592bhp) version of the epic V6, codenamed VR38DETT. Detail freaks note, GT-R overlord Hiroshi Tamura says the Americans get the full 600bhp, but we have to be content with 600PS in Europe because that's the limit for cooling on a long, hot flat-out Autobahn stretch. In the US they can't go flat out so they get more power.

Is that fair, people? Start an online petition for the extra eight horses.

The new suspension is claimed to slalom two per cent quicker than before. You can actually have that chassis on the track pack version of the base GT-R, but not the aero changes or the Nismo-specific Alcantara swathed cabin.

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Prices to be confirmed, but you'll be able to place your order for one next week, with first deliveries kicking off in December.

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