If you’re one of those lucky human beings with $175,000 lying around, Nissan has just the set of wheels for you.
That price will get you behind the wheel of the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Or almost. It gets a sticker – perhaps one made of gold leaf? – price of $175,585. To the average Joe that probably seems like a huge wad. But it’s only $10,000 more than last year’s Nismo. Pocket change when you’re in the price range.
That price tag gets you everything. Nissan doesn’t make it complicated with the GT-R. The only add ons come in the choice of a couple more expensive paint choices.
Power remains the same from the 2016 model, but no complaints here. The GT-R Nismo offers 600-horsepower with 481 pound-feet of torque. It’s fitted with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. High-level performance comes from the advanced independent rear transaxle with AWD. An advanced paddle-shifted 6-speed dual clutch transmission comes standard.
The model’s aerodynamics get improved though. The new lines stand out the most in the more aggressive front bumper. Sheets of carbon-fiber carefully overlapping create the ideal stiffness on the model.
The powerful engine effects the design. An enlarged dark chrome “V-motion” grille helps with cooling. It lets in more air and maintains aerodynamics. The beast goes so fast that Nissan had to add hood reinforcements to avoid morphing under high speed pressures.
Nissan also makes it clear to everyone that you dropped that wad of cash. The exterior gets special GT-R Nismo features like black outside mirrors with red accents, a red band on the black side sills and emblem treatments. Not to be outdone, Nissan handmakes the rear spoiler from dry carbon. It gets a special carbon fiber “weave” coating.
A peek on the inside reveals an instrument panel wrapped in Nappa leather. The center control center has been simplified. Nissan nixed the 27 buttons down to 11 with a larger 8-inch touch-panel. The sports seats are leather with red synthetic suede inserts.
If the Nismo sounds good, but you’re choking on the price, no worries. Check out the GT-R Premium. It hacks the price down to $111,585. It went on sale at the beginning of summer. It’s not as powerful. Sigh, it only gets 565-horses from a twin-turbo V6.
If you’ve got the cash though, GT-R Nismo awaits you at dealerships now.