To answer the question on everybody’s lips, the GT-R NISMO extracts as much as 600 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6, thanks mostly to revised intake and exhaust systems, new ignition timing and enlarged turbos derived from the units on the GT-R NISMO GT3 race car.
The boost in output, up from the regular GT-R’s 545 hp and 463 lb-ft, will see the NISMO version lap Germany’s Nürburgring circuit in an incredible 7:08.679, which Nissan boasts is the record for a mass-produced car. The record for a production car is still held by Porsche’s much more powerful 918 Spyder, which set a time of 6:57.
Inside the car, there is plenty of carbon fiber and Alcantara. The seats feature carbon fiber backs, and more of the lightweight stuff is used in the instrument cluster and center console. Meanwhile, red stitching is found on the seats, center console, door trim and steering wheel, the latter of which is a new design that was tested by Nissan racing drivers to determine the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
Sales of the GT-R commence early next year.
"With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R NISMO holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement," Carlos Ghosn said at the reveal. For more from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, click here.