Nissan News: GT-R NISMO, Juke NISMO RS And Pulsar NISMO Concept


October 2, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 5, 2015

Nissan GT-R NISMO Next Chapter – Deliveries Made To Owners Across Europe

  • Thrilling race-inspired version of Nissan’s legendary GT-R to be delivered to owners from October 2014
  • Extensive development work carried out in Europe
  • 600PS (441kw) from advanced 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6
  • Advanced aerodynamics generating additional 100kg*1of downforce at 186mph (300km/h) for exceptional road-holding

Developed, honed and perfected during extensive testing in Europe, the first deliveries of the Nissan GT-R NISMO will be made to owners across Europe from this month.

With DNA from the legendary NISMO global racing team, the ultimate GT-R is a race-oriented model delivering “factory tuned” supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. The Nissan GT-R is already established as one of the best performing supercars in the automotive sphere, and now Nissan has drawn on decades of racing experience gathered by NISMO, the brand’s motorsport specialists, to develop the ultimate Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance through optimised aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo is now available in Japan, and will go on sale in Europe in September. Complementing its authentic Japanese racing heritage, the new GT-R flagship also has roots in Europe, having been developed and tested at Germany’s famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, widely considered to be one of the most challenging circuits in the world.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is the fastest Nissan GT-R ever. “With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R NISMO*2 holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.”

Nissan GT-R NISMO Overview – Flagship of the NISMO line-up

1. Mechanical Features

Nissan GT-R Nismo employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve new levels of power, speed and handling.

Engine

  • Under the hood, the 3.8-litre V6 engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power has risen and is now rated at 600PS (441kw) and 481 lb ft (652Nm) of torque.
  • New high-flow, large capacity turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing, improve breathing, while optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.

Chassis  

  • The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.
  • Exclusive Nismo tires – developed by Dunlop – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. Front: 255/40 ZRF20; rear 285/35 ZRF20.
  • Specially-developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimize wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability. Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area.
  • To minimize body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R NISMO features a 17.3mm hollow rear anti-roll bar which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight.

Body construction

  • Increased rigidity in the body-shell is achieved using adhesive bonding in addition to spot welding leading to precise suspension response under extreme load, the NISMO “factory tuned” enhancement.

2. Exterior design – Exclusive styling with improved aerodynamics

  • Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation techniques to analyse airflow, Nismo has developed an aero package that improves road-holding, minimizes the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a menacing and muscular appearance.
  • Together, the front bumper, engine undercover strake and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the centre of gravity and generating an additional 100kg*1 (at 186mph) compared to the freshly updated 2014 Nissan GT-R model. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of 2014 Nissan GT-R.
  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in four body colours: Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black and Ultimate Metallic Silver. And unique to the GT-R Nismo model, a Dark Matte Grey*3accentuates the car’s imposing exterior muscularity.
  • The GT-R Nismo’s black 6-spoke wheels are inspired by Nissan’s GT-R race car which races in the GT500 class in SUPER GT.

3. Interior

  • The Nissan GT-R Nismo cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position.
  • Ergonomically sculpted carbonfibre-backed reclining RECARO seats comfortably, yet firmly, support the driver and front-seat passenger.
  • Nismo racers influenced the design of the steering wheel which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red centre mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort.
  • The combi meter has carbon-like finish, and tachometer features a red design. The meter hood is also dressed with Alcantara®.
  • Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, centre console, door trim and steering wheel.

*1: Compared to 2014 Nissan GT-R
*2: Nissan GT-R Nismo with track options

 About Nismo

  • Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports,” is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company’s purveyors of “innovation that excites.”
  • Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
  • In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.

 

New Nissan Juke NISMO RS Prepares To Hit The Road

  • New Nissan Juke NISMO RS priced from on sale in December 2014
  • 1.6-litre DIG T engine produces 218PS – 18PS more than Juke NISMO
  • Sharper handling for a more focussed drive
  • Mechanical Limited slip differential standard on 2WD models
  • Choice of six-speed manual or Paddle-shift Xtronic transmission with eight-speed manual mode
  • Prices from £21,650 OTR

The wait is nearly over: the Nissan Juke NISMO RS is set to storm into showrooms across Europe in December and priced from £21,650 OTR. The arrival of the new RS model marks the start of a second exciting chapter in the history of the Juke NISMO and further expands Nissan’s growing NISMO road car line-up.

First previewed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Juke NISMO RS has undergone a thorough NISMO development programme, and follows hot in the wheel-tracks of the flagship Nissan GT-R NISMO.

Confirming Nissan’s reputation for delivering excitement and motorsport-developed technologies to the broadest possible audience, the new Juke NISMO RS features a host of enhancements over the standard NISMO model. With more performance, a sharper chassis set-up, more powerful brakes and extra equipment, the new RS is an even more extreme and focussed version of Nissan’s acclaimed compact crossover.

Like every NISMO model, the RS is infused with motorsport-inspired design, aerodynamics and maverick engineering to deliver thrilling performance and handling in a road car.

“With Nissan Juke NISMO already accounting for a growing number of all Juke sales in Europe, the enthusiasts’ desire for more performance is clearly there. The new NISMO RS version offers just that and cements NISMO’s reputation as creators of digital age performance,” said Guillaume Cartier, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe.

Benefiting from NISMO’s extensive global motorsport experience, the NISMO RS’s advanced 1.6-litre DIG-T engine has been reworked to boost power to 218PS (160kW) from 200PS (147kW) while torque in two-wheel drive/manual transmission versions is increased from an already impressive 250Nm to 280Nm. To ensure the chassis can successfully transfer the extra torque to the road, 2WD models also benefit from the addition of a mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD) on the driven front wheels.

Four-wheel drive models feature Nissan’s advanced Torque Vectoring System as standard, along with Nissan’s Xtronic transmission and 250Nm of torque. Xtronic transmission models also feature standard-fit steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts to control the eight-speed manual mode.

The NISMO RS’s performance gains are matched by a sportier soundtrack courtesy of a retuned exhaust system with a large diameter silencer.

Other improvements linked to the increased engine performance include strategic body strengthening to increase torsional stiffness still further, and a braking system that has been enhanced for even better resistance to fade under repeated hard use. Front disc size has increased from 296mm to 320mm, while the rear discs are now ventilated. Revised spring and damper settings complete the chassis changes.

The Juke NISMO RS is set apart with red brake callipers and discreet ‘RS’ badging on the front and rear. Inside, the RS logo appears in the rev counter while a distinctive suede wrap covers the instrument binnacle. The final finishing touch inside is an eye-catching water print finish on the shift knob/paddle shifters and the central cluster.

Options on the RS version include special Recaro sports “bucket” seats and the Safety Pack that includes the following: Xenon headlamps, Nissan’s Around View Monitor and Safety Shield, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection giving visual and audible warnings to avoid potential collisions.

The new Juke NISMO RS is available in a choice of three exterior colours – Storm White, Pearl Black and Blade Silver – with a single bespoke interior treatment.

The NISMO RS’s aerodynamically-optimised exterior has lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, plus a dark chrome V-motion grille – complete with Nissan’s new brand signature – and tailgate spoiler to better control airflow. Developed using experience gained on the racetrack, the aerodynamic upgrades reduce front and rear lift without increasing drag.

NISMO exterior design cues include red door mirror caps and a red pinstripe that encircles the bottom of the car. The picture is completed with new LED daytime running lights set within the lower air intake grilles at the front of the car, while eye-catching 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the new Juke’s bold stance.

The NISMO treatment continues inside with a performance-oriented steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims. Special suede-trimmed NISMO sports seats with red stitching provide extra support and comfort during cornering.

The NISMO RS also benefit from a number of further changes introduced across the entire new Juke range. The most obvious external changes include redesigned upper lamps, revised ‘boomerang’ tail lamps and door mirrors which incorporate LED side turn strip repeaters.

Despite its performance potential, the Juke NISMO remains highly practical. 2WD versions now benefit from a 40 per cent increase in carrying capacity, for example, thanks to subtle reshaping of the luggage area, while a two-stage floor and fold flat rear seats make the space even more flexible.

“New Juke NISMO RS conforms exactly to the NISMO ethos, providing an instant performance feeling in a premium design inspired by our motorsport activities. The result is engaging, exciting and accessible,” said Guillaume Cartier, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Nissan in Europe.

 

Pulsar NISMO Concept Brings Nissan Motorsport DNA To The C-Segment

  •  Global debut for Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept at 2014 Paris Motor Show
  • NISMO create vision of a sporting flagship for new Pulsar range
  • Bold styling and aero-optimised body
  • Race-inspired design features inside and out
  • Tuned suspension and steering for sharper, more agile handling

Passion, excitement and race-inspired maverick engineering are three core values that underpin every NISMO product – whether it be on the track or in the showroom. Nissan’s desire to bring the NISMO philosophy to the broadest possible audience takes another step forward at the 2014 Paris Motor Show with the global unveiling of the new Pulsar NISMO Concept. Shown in public for the first time, the dramatic design study explores the styling and engineering possibilities of a sporting flagship for the Pulsar range.

Embedded with the same sporting DNA that runs throughout the brand’s NISMO product line, the Pulsar NISMO Concept brings an exciting new performance dimension to the Pulsar range. Although the concept is only a design study at this stage, Nissan is committed to developing its NISMO line-up with the ambition of delivering bold new performance models to a new generation of drivers.

The Pulsar NISMO Concept distils the essence of the brand into every panel, trim and styling element, setting itself apart from its standard grades. The Concept’s paintwork is finished in satin grey and surrounding the body is the NISMO’s trademark Layered Double-Wing accentuated in red. Its unique shape is designed by airflow analysis, and it improves aerodynamics performance even better as well as giving lower gravity appeal to the NISMO cars.

The dramatic front bumper features larger, optimised air intakes and striking brake cooling vents. Deeper side skirts, a lower ride height and 19-inch five arm alloy wheels with 235/35 R19 tyres emphasise the muscular form of the Pulsar’s design, while the diffuser-style rear bumper and the central twin exhaust pipes, further reinforce the Concept’s motorsport feel. Other elements include; a unique carbon fibre rear spoiler, side skirts and flared wheel arches. As opposed to the conventional white lamp reversing lamp, the Pulsar NISMO Concept’s light hosts a clear, dark finish.

Further design features on the Pulsar NISMO Concept is the addition of a chrome trim around the side windows painted in black as well as a carbon fibre finish and trademark NISMO red struck down the door mirrors to further amplify Nissan’s sporty C-hatch Concept.

Inside, the Pulsar NISMO Concept continues the race-inspired theme with a red coloured tachometer, deeply sculpted sports seats trimmed in Alcantara, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and alloy pedals.

At NISMO, nothing is designed just to give a sporty appeal. Every single detail is backed by learnings from the real-world racing track, and that is the premium element that NISMO design delivers. So, even when the design looks aggressive, there lies intelligence behind the shape – progressive in its form, taking cues from latest technological learnings.

As with all NISMO models, the Pulsar NISMO Concept delivers much more than mere kerb appeal. NISMO engineers know that great performance comes from a combination of lateral thinking, intelligent engineering and a willingness to try new ideas – a combination that has paid dividends over on the race track for more than 30 years.

Under the skin, the Pulsar NISMO Concept features a revised suspension system that incorporates settings honed on the racetrack. In addition to a lower ride height, the Pulsar NISMO Concept incorporates revised spring and damper settings to provide drivers with the kind of agile and sporty responses that are synonymous with NISMO models.  Further still, steering on the Pulsar NISMO Concept has been honed and modified for an even more direct response, gaining learnings from Pulsar road car and pushing for further focus and finesse on the driver experience.