Sure, the Nissan GT-R may be long in the tooth compared to other supercars, but it is still a very impressive piece of machinery and capable of some pretty remarkable feats.
To see what the 2021 GT-R is capable of in flagship Nismo guise, Mat Watson from CarWow jumped behind the wheel of it for a handful of tests and a comprehensive look at both its exterior and interior.
Like all other iterations of the R35 GT-R, the Nismo is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which in this case churns out 600 hp and 481 lb-ft (652 Nm) of torque. Those figures are nothing to be sneezed at but the review says it is a bit of a shame Nissan only added 30 horses to the Nismo model as it has been proven time and time again that this engine can handle well over 700 hp.
A host of distinctive aerodynamic features differentiate the Nismo from other variants, most notably carbon fiber across the front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, roof, and the rear wing. A plethora of changes have also been made in the cabin, including the fitment of carbon fiber bucket seats from Recaro, an Alcantara-clad steering wheel, and further Alcantara accents on the dashboard and headliner. Admittedly, the cabin is starting to feel its age, but that’s to be expected.
The GT-R Nismo really comes alive when pushed to its limits. Sure, it may be down on power compared to some more modern mid-engined supercars, but it accelerates hard, shifts through the gears with ferocity, and provides mountains of grip.