It might be one of the fastest cars on the planet, but it seems Nissan isn’t quite done with tuning the current, R35-generation GT-R.
Speaking to Top Gear, the company’s head of product planning said that while he couldn’t confirm exactly when the next GT-R will arrive, the existing Godzilla still has some fight left in it.
“You know, it’s a never ending quest. There is still development potential there, always,” Phillipe Klein said of the R35 GT-R.
The pinnacle of the R35 range is of course, the GT-R Nismo; a car good for 591bhp and, in the hands of FIA GT1 champion Michael Krumm, a Nürburgring lap time of 7m 08s, just nine seconds off the very senior Lamborghini Aventador SV. The ‘standard’ GT-R – as preposterous as that sounds – does the ‘Ring in 7m 22s.
The Nismo’s 3.8-litre V6 features two turbos from Nissan’s GT-R GT3 car, a new intake and exhaust system, some adjustment of the ignition timing and sticky tyres. Add on the ‘Track Pack’, and you get a near 65kg weight saving, thanks to carbon fibre, and some fancy suspension.
“When you see what we have done with the GT-R Nismo, it’s an interesting development, I do believe,” says Klein. ‘Interesting’ is one way of putting it. ‘Mad’ is another.