With two major auto shows taking place this week on different sides of the globe, the amount of news being posted across the internet is reaching a fever pitch. Naturally, things happen, trigger fingers get itchy and stories get leaked, which is apparently how we came across this spate of premature pictures and information on the eagerly anticipated Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Packing 595 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V6, the Nismo-fied GT-R should be a serious kick in the pants when run hard. The new power is thanks to a number of donor parts from the GT-R Nismo GT3 racecar, bits that include larger turbochargers, revised intake and exhaust systems and new ignition timing.

Thanks to the engine enhancements, and, we imagine, a few other tweaks to the chassis, brakes and aerodynamics that have yet to be published, the GT-R Nismo is said to blitz the Nürburgring in just 7:08, a mere 11 seconds slower than the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. For a car that is rumored to cost well under a quarter of the price, that performance is just immense.

We'll have the full array of details on this white-hot Nissan when it drops at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this week.


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      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car fans of all brands rejoice! If the GTR really runs a 7:08 now, that's great. That means that SRT, Chevy, Porsche, etc. are going to be back at the ring wringing out their respective models in an effort to one-up the GTR Nismo. That's called progress my friends!
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          bubba_roe
          • 1 Year Ago
          So apparently, in your world, GTR owners have never driven a GTR, weird.
        juststudent
        • 1 Year Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        lol. Come on GT2, time to project 708 xD
      ramairjer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Video evidence?
      ghetto2315
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing makes my 12' BMW M3 Coupe feel slow...
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ghetto2315
        Considering the lack of torque compared to horsepower on that motor I can understand.... Then the horsepower you do get is "laggy" taking forever to ramp up.... rev and rev and rev. The M3 V8 only makes 200hp to the ground at 4000rpm. GTR lays down 400whp and 400wtq right around 3000rpm and it climbs as it revs.... More or less depending on the year. I can totally understand where you are coming from....
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still not a fan of the roof line, but the new nose is better. And the performance engineering boarders on miraculous.
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        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        This is probably an expensive car to build, hence the price.
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        Mike Fernandez
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's not meant to be a high volume car, it's there to be a halo product that drives sales of the lesser models. And though it originally was priced around $69k it's evolved quite a bit since then. Even around $100k, it's still quite a bit less expensive than a 911 S which is what it's targeted at, especially if you start checking the option box. They aren't targeting the Vette with the GTR as they are aiming more up-market.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 1 Year Ago
        "I would have traded my Z06 for a GTR" "The GTR still can't outrun UGLY." Something tells me you'd have something negative about the GTR no matter what.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        GTR isn't really best suited for daily driver duty the way an S6 or C63 would be. Additionally, for the performance you get it was WAY under priced at less than $70k. At around $100k it's still providing incredible performance for the money. Show me another car capable of dashing to 60 in less than 3 seconds for $100k.
        audir8v10
        • 1 Year Ago
        I own a 2012 GTR and I get a lot of people asking about the car and giving me the thumbs up on the road. It's not as easy to drive as an R8 yet much better than a Viper. I am a fan of all sports cars and thats why I think it's great to see companies pushing the limits. However, I purchased what you call ugly, because it's different. And I wouldn't be calling any cars ugly from the interior of a Z06.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      and it still looks like a dishwasher
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        .. and the Vette looks like it was imbred from a 2013 Camaro and a 2000 Vette with a hint of 2007 Trailblazer.
        LLL
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        @ELG
        nah.. I'd give the edge to the dishwasher..
      Mike Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Five plus years later and the hate is still as strong as ever. lol Well done Nissan and Godzilla! Old New Car Time When 1 1 Radical SR8LM 06:48.0 '09 2 2 Radical SR8 06:55.0 '05 3 3 Porsche 918 Spyder 06:57.0 '13 4 Nissan NISMO 'track' GT-R 07:08.7 '13
        Temple
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Smith
        The Radicals really aren't a good point of comparison, they are track specific cars; racing slicks, ground effects, and can't go over a speed bump. But the fact that the GTR comes close to the 887hp Porsche 918 Spyder and the Radicals is insane.
      Hatzenbach
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's so superior to everything else on the market in terms of price and perfromance, why does it fail so hard in real races around the ring?
        jase.s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hatzenbach
        If the car is shown to be capable of reaching quick times around the ring, the only other variable is the driver. So maybe you should ask those drivers why they fail so hard in real races around the ring.
          juststudent
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jase.s
          I don't know what race(s) he is referring to, but if multiple race drivers fail, it's fair to ask why company test driver succeed. then again it's a race, the competitors probably got race specs too.
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      Unknown
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GREATEST car I never fell in love with. Dear GT-R, I care about you very very much, and I want only the best for you. But, there is something I must tell you. There are other cars I want to be with. I know this hurts, and it's not you, it's me...
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      People come in here to talk down the GT-R and say it's too expensive, too ugly, whatever. While it may not be the fastest or prettiest car, the stats and sheer performance are jaw-dropping for its price. The price-performance factor of this car is pretty much unrivaled. Comments here and on jalopnik often compare this car to the Porsche 918 in performance (thanks to the articles that make the comparison), but then avoid the one factor that actually sets them most apart: the price. The GT-R is simply an amazing machine for the performance it delivers at its price. While 100k is not cheap, try to find a car that rivals it in its price. People ALWAYS compare it to cars costing 2, 3, 4 times as much. While the new 'Vette is impressive, the GT-R is at another level. Only 4 people in the world hand-build its engines. These 4 are considered 'takumi' or Japanese master craftsmen. This old-school, obsessive approach to engine-building is combined with one of the most technologically advanced cars on the market. It represents Japan at its finest in 'monozukuri' or manufacturing; dedicated, obsessive craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. The car wasn't just given a nickname of 'Godzilla'. It earned it years ago. This is just the latest rendition.
        Cory Stansbury
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        @GR
        The Viper is faster than the GTR for the same price. So was the ZR1 and the Z06 Carbon on most tracks. It's not extra special in that aspect any more.
          Cory Stansbury
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          @Cory Stansbury
          No doubt at all the GTR hustles like an explosion from a dead stop. It will be tough for any RWD car to quite get there, although they are close these days (especially mid/rear engined ones). The combination of a DCT and short gearing + GRIP does amazing things (check out the new GT3's times...yes I know it doesn't have AWD, but rear engined cars hook very well) even if power:weight isn't stellar. However, by ~70 MPH, the GTR is probably even with a Viper or ZR1 from a hit and much over that, either one will walk away. aka less power, more weight and similar aero. Now, I enjoy the launch control party trick as much as the next guy, but that gets expensive after a while. If I'm driving a car, the feeling of it from 40-130 is where I'd judge my "fast-o-meter" and I doubt the GTR would do that as fast as the Viper or ZR1. Some may say that from a dig is the most applicable measure of street performance. That is partially true. I wouldn't race a GTR or 911 Turbo (especially a 911 Turbo) from a dig with almost anything. Even a Bugatti Veyron struggles to better those cars. However, exhibition of power in the city will get you a ticket just like speeding, so I'd say the track is really the place to exploit any of these cars. As such, give me the characterful Viper or ZR1. I will probably be slower in either, as I'm not a pro. But who cares? Unless you're in it for the money, challenging yourself is always more fun...at least to me.
          Cory Stansbury
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          @Cory Stansbury
          The slowest Viper ever tested by Motortrend was still faster than the GTR Track Edition on the same day. the TA has a much faster time than the fastest one tested to date. And you're going to tell me that the supposed running of a 7.08 after years and years of testing is somehow more impressive than the ACR running a 7.12 during a 30 minute window allotted them because they were rained out the first day? I will concede that from a dig, the GTR is seriously quick. AWD and short gearing will do that, but on a track or from a roll, I'd put money on any of the aforementioned cars over any currently available GTR and probably the NISMO too.
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      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring us a video of 7:08, then we'll talk.... BD
        morrs.odumb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sNAT_c3CLHw All you do is diss every car brand that isn't Toyota/Lexus, You have no credibility anywhere, everyone knows you are just a pathetic Troll.. Now shove it where the sun don't shine kiddo..
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