NISMO hits Australia and puts a capital R in GT-R for Nissan

I'm not sure I even have the words frankly.

Warning, I stood under the podium at Mt Panorama Bathurst in 1991 and 1992 as Nissan claimed victory in our Great Race – I was a massive fan of Fred Gibson racing and Godzilla.  So I do love a chance to drive a GT-R.  When given the option at Bathurst, I was at the airport early ready to go.

WATCH: Greg Rust drives the Nissan GT-R NISMO around Mt Panorama Bathurst

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What was unveiled by Nissan Australia is the first NISMO vehicle to be made available here, the Nissan GT-R NISMO, and at $299,000 it’s not your average car.

NISMO is Nissan’s performance division, they take the learnings from all the NISMO race-track activities and put it into a range of Nissan Cars.  While the full NISMO range isn’t here yet, the GT-R is surely a great place to start.

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On the outside there are new tweaks and trims and a bloody awesome rear-wing.

On the inside there’s NISMO trimmings and updates to the seats for a performance look and feel.

But it’s the things you can’t see that really matter.

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At the factory, engineers have developed a new bonding technique which makes the entire body stiffer by clear and measurable amounts – something no tuning shop or mechanic could ever do.

WATCH: Greg Rust drives the Nissan GT-R NISMO around Mt Panorama Bathurst

The suspension is three times stiffer on the NISMO and the wheels are each 3kg lighter.

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Under the hood the turbo is upgraded to the same one used in the GT3 race-car which helps push enormous torque into the 441kW engine.

Your standard 2017 Nissan GT-R will set you back $189,000.  This NISMO is $110,000 more and is built to be driven on a race-track.

I drove it on some serious country roads around Bathurst and the rigid suspension was felt through my entire body.  Comfort mode on the suspension helped, but didn’t make it a leisurely drive.

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I feel like if the standard GT-R is a Grand Tourer more than racer it’s a “GT-r” while the NISMO doesn’t really cut it as a long form grand tourer making it a “gt-R”.

If your budget it tight, and you want that capital R – consider the Track Edition – $227,000 and you’re getting that stiffer body, upgraded suspension and wheels without all the bling and trimmings and the boosted engine performance.

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Whatever the case, the new GT-R is stunning, the NISMO edition makes you feel like you’re driving the car the Nissan engineers intended for us to be driving.

WATCH: Greg Rust drives the Nissan GT-R NISMO around Mt Panorama Bathurst

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