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Nissan unleashes GT-R Nismo special edition this fall

Car will arrive with 600 twin-turbocharged horsepower


Nissan has announced a fall introduction for the GT-R Nismo special edition and limited edition, with North American pricing to be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date in this market.

The car features “Stealth Gray” paint, 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels with red accents, and a clear-coated carbon fiber hood. 

“The GT-R NISMO remains Nissan’s ultimate performance super sports car that provides race-proven technology and an exhilarating driving experience for virtually everyone.,” Nissan said in its announcement.

The car is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged VR38DETT V6 rated at 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feed of torque. Engine components include “high-precision, weight-balanced parts for the piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft, and valve gear components dialed in with tighter tolerances, delivering snappier engine revs and quicker turbo spooling,” Nissan added.

The turbochargers are the ones developed for the GT3-class racing version of the GT-R and thus are lighter and faster in response.

“Each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by master technicians known as takumi. Just as great artists sign their work, so do the takumi, with a special aluminum takumi certification plate in a Special Edition-exclusive color on the front of each engine.”

The car also gets a revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Nissan unleashes GT-R Nismo special edition this fall
Nissan unleashes GT-R Nismo special edition this fall

Nismo (or NISMO as Nissan would prefer) is short for NISsan MOtorsports International, the automaker’s in-house tuning division. 

“True to its proud heritage, the GT-R NISMO is a more extreme, track-oriented version of the GT-R that has matured through rigorous refinements, becoming sharper and more rewarding as a street car,” Nissan said.

“The GT-R NISMO was extensively enhanced for the 2020 model year with new race-proven turbochargers, improved gearbox shift control, lighter components, reduced overall mass and upgrades to the brakes, wheels and tires. The result was a 2.5-second reduction in lap time around Nissan’s development track, along with an improvement of the GT-R’s inherent high-speed stability, even at speeds of up to 186 mph.

“For 2021, the numerous changes for the 50th anniversary year continue into GT-R’s next decade of automotive excellence.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Beautiful car for someone with that kind of cash. Just buy the Premium model and save yourself about $60,000. I can’t believe that Nissan hasn’t come up with the idea of dropping this powertrain in one of their SUV’s. Now that would be an SUV to buy. It would probably smoke a Lamborghini Urus for about a third of the cost. Come on Nissan, get with the program.


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