• Aug 29, 2008
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NISMO has finally released all the details on its line of upgrades for the R35 Nissan GT-R, and per usual, there's good news and bad news.

On the positive side, the parts are the typical blend of OEM quality and fitment, with a focus on tighter handling and weight reduction. The Club Sport tuning package includes the Chassis pack made up of race-tuned Bilstein Damptronic adjustable dampers sheathed in 18.5kg/mm (front) and 9.6 kg/mm (rear) springs. The combination of rock-hard coils and adjustable damping at both low and high speeds should make the GT-R stickier in the corners and more stable while bombing through a fast sweeper. Rounding out the handling package is a set of Rays forged aluminum wheels, sized 20x9.5-inches in front (+45mm offset) and 20x10.5-inches (+25mm offset) in the rear, and wrapped in Bridgestone RE070R run-flats, sized 225/40 and 285/35, front and rear. These are rumored to be the same rollers we'll see on the Spec-V when it's unveiled in Paris this October.

The rest of the parts focus on weight reduction, beginning with a lightweight axle-back exhaust that drops 11 pounds from the GT-R's curb weight, along with a carbon fiber undertray that reduces air turbulence and parasitic drag. Upgraded carbon-fiber backed and leather-trimmed seats are also part of the package, which retains the side airbags but nixes the electronic controls, reducing weight by another 13 pounds total. Naturally, some NISMO badging rounds out the upgrades.

Now here's the bad news: the parts are only available in Japan as a package, can only be installed by 12 NISMO-authorized shops and come in at a whopping ¥5,460,000 (over $50,000). However, some U.S. importers have already worked out a distribution deal with NISMO, but for those of us in the States, we don't get the added benefit of the three-year/60,000 km warranty.


[Source: NISMO via JPCNews]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This may be the rip off of the century.
      The gtr already handles so good, that i'd bet it's impossible to even feel the difference from these parts.

      So i'm guessing since the v spec will have these parts or better, that it's going to cost of minimum of $120,000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The gtr already handles so good, that i'd bet it's impossible to even feel the difference from these parts."

        While the price is dismaying, I certainly wouldn't go that far.

        The springs are reported to be very stiff. Its going to feel less like a GT car and more like a track car. And particularly the tires can make a huge difference in the grip.

        Plus, I think its pretty obvious that just like its competitors, it not only is it fast in its basic form but has lots of room for improvement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't it the Nissan GT-R's chief engineer who said that aftermarket parts were unnecessary for the GT-R, as it was built perfectly optimized from the factory?

      Well, I guess that only applies to aftermarket parts other than those made by Nismo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they want to lighten the weight why don't they make the wheels 18 or 19 inch? The bigger wheel trend has got to stop somewhere...20" is a little ridiculous, not to mention expensive (says the guy w/ 19" BBS CH wheels).
      • 6 Years Ago
      For these prices I'll take a GT-R and then spend the extra $50,000 on an M3, tie 'em together and see if I can turn out better lap times.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will you guys ever realize that converting directly from yen to dollars != real amount?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, your better off losing just 13lbs of weight as in body weight which will result in $3846.00 a pound, you just made a lot of money while getting the benefit of good health.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really, could you even call the 24 lbs that they took off weight savings? That's really, really meaningless for a car thats close to 4,000 lbs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe some of you all need to understand tooling cost.

      for maing just the special wheels I can see tooling cost of ~1mill, so to only make 200 of these wheels, that means the tooling cost has to be either eaten by Nissan or spread to the customer.

      if there are people that'll pa, Nissan has no issue passing that cost right along.

      now you also have to pay for tooling for the other parts included in the package.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I doubt thats it. The other aftermarket manufacturers beat Nismo by a long shot developing the tooling for their suspension kits. And they go for a fraction of the cost and apparently they work quite well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      im guessing that Nissan doesnt make a penny on the GTRs they sell which is why everything else related to tit is so damn expensive. $1,000 service after a track day. $50,000 suspension package.

      Scion does the same thing. I heard a scion dealer makes $150 on each car they sell. the big profit for them is in the accessories.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well lets see
      carbon fiber sets ~800-1500 per x2
      rays forged lightweight alloys (custom) ~800-1500 x4
      custom-spec tires to fit ~300-500 x4
      Bilstein custom adjustable dampers/coils ~3-5000set
      carbon fiber under tray ~500-1500
      titanium custom exhaust ~1500-5000

      so if you look on the high side of my estimates($22500) plus Nismo brand markup (at least $10,000 total) plus dealer install ($4000 crazy)

      still only at $36500, so when i am figuring all this ridiculous markup i still dont know where they are getting $50000, unless those nismo badges themselves are $14k haha
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well that IS where most of the gains will come from anyways.

        Why not just buy them?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the price on the wheels is going to be a little higher than your estimate since they're custom for NISMO. The regular ray's 20 wheels already run around the top of your estimate.

      Still, I'd guess a lot of it is just markup for being NISMO. Much like the S55 AMG gets a massive markup compared to the parts it gets over an S550.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Assuming this pricing scheme does carry over to the V-Spec. If these Nissan thinks these parts are worth $50k, the V-Spec might be > $200k, haha
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