Nissan is to showcase its Nissan GT-R Nismo sports car at the Geneva motor show next month, marking its European public debut.
Already available in Japan and arriving in Nissan's European showrooms in September, the Nismo is a honed and fettled version of the already highly capable GT-R coupe.
Under the bonnet it is fitted with the same twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine as the standard car, but power has risen to a staggering 592bhp thanks to new high-flow turbochargers – a figure which comfortably outguns Porsche's biggest conventional weapon, the 911 Turbo S.
However, with the GT-R the engine is only half the story. The already accomplished chassis has now been boosted with the fitment of custom-developed Bilstein suspension, unique tyres and new hollow rear anti-roll bar. The result is an astonishing Nurburgring Nordschleife time – the unofficial benchmark of performance cars – of 7:08.679.
"With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement," said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
The car's exterior styling has been revised to improve aerodynamics, resulting in an overall stockier appearance compared to the standar car. Five colours are available: Brilliant White, Meteor Flake Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver, Vibrant Red and Dark Matte Grey, and the Nismo sits on unique black 6-spoke wheels.
Inside, drivers are greeted by carbon-backed Recaro sports seats, an Alcantara trimmed steering wheel and red trim detailing.
Costs for the Nissan GT-R Nismo have yet to be confirmed, but expect a price tag north of £100,000.