Nissan PH opens 2018 in style with the launch of the GT-R NISMO

January 29, 2018

Nissan Philippines, Inc (NPI), the exclusive local distributor of Nissan vehicles, has introduced its first NISMO model in the form of the 2018 GT-R NISMO. It was launched together with the new Patrol Royal SUV, Urvan Premium S van, and Juke N Style subcompact crossover.

To the uninitiated, NISMO, which stands for Nissan Motorsports, has been the Japanese carmaker’s racing division since 1984. Known for its motorsports-dominating prowess in Japan, NISMO is also where Nissan develops a multitude of innovations that trickle down to its models seen on the road today.

The entry of NISMO in the Philippines is a testament to that heritage. And it all starts with the arrival of the GT-R NISMO.

Exterior-wise, the GTR-NISMO ups the ante over the regular GT-R with a lower and wider appearance. Up front, it sports a more aggressive bumper with stylish vents and carbon fiber panels that improve aerodynamics and engine/component cooling. This is highlighted by a gaping grille that boasts the GT-R and NISMO insignia.

On the side, the machine flaunts a smooth silhouette, adding to the overall improved aero. In terms of style, it’s got carbon fiber skirts and a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in NISMO-specific Dunlop tires. The back end, on the other hand, is dominated by an enormous carbon fiber rear wing for maximum down force. Just below is a stylish bumper skirt with functional diffuser and 4 mufflers, 2 on each side.

Inside the GT-R NISMO is a racing-inspired cockpit complete with all the necessary aesthetics and amenities to elevate the “go faster” experience. It all starts with a set of Recaro seats wrapped in leather and alcantara materials. Because the alcantara material’s non-slip advantages, it also wraps the steering wheel.

On the driver’s command is an advanced Gran Turismo-inspired instrument panel which feeds him or her with important vehicle stats. Some of these include mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO is held together with a reinforced frame. Attached to it is a set of raced-developed suspension system that Nissan claims to be of a stiffer kind than that of the regular GT-R. As a vehicle with agility and power in mind, the GT-R NISMO comes to a halt via large Brembo brakes.

Finally, the Nissan GT-R NISMO upholds its Godzilla moniker with a hand-built monstrous twin turbocharged 3.8L V6 mill that churns out 592 hp with a pulling power of 652 Nm. Controlling this performance output is a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that moves all 4 wheels via Nissan’s proprietary Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for all Terrain with Electronic Torque Split (ATTESA-ETS) all-wheel drive system. Best part is that the driver can run through all 6 gears sequentially a la racecar driver via paddle shifters.

NPI has made it clear that the Nissan GT-R NISMO is now available in the Philippines, though it has not disclosed any official sticker price, as of this writing. But based on the regular GT-R’s P7,350,000 price tag, this souped-up version may roll out of the showroom with an SRP approaching around P13-million and above (inclusive of the mark-up due to the recently-implemented tax reform law).

(Photos by Paolo Lesaca)

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.