Update: Nissan GT-R Nismo Reviewed by EVO

By Bradley Iger

November 27, 2013

Currently holding the production car lap time record around the Nurburgring by a wide margin with a time of 7.08.679, it's clear Nismo's engineers have created a machine which is very much at home on a road course. Without question, it's the most track-focused version of the R35 road car we've yet seen. But what's it like to actually drive?
From the onset, it's obvious this is not simply an overblown appearance package. From the heavily revised suspension to the swaths of purpose-built carbon fiber pieces that comprise the majority of the new aero kit that develops an extra 100kg of downforce of 186mph, it's clear that one of the main priorities is the keep this car firmly planted to the pavement. And with the increase of the engine's output to 591 horsepower and 481lb-ft of torque - good for a 0-60mph run in 2.5 seconds, it's easy to understand why.
Still, at only 45 pounds lighter than the standard-spec GT-R, much of the vehicle's character will be familiar to those who've driven run-of-the-mill R35s - there's just more of it. It's stable, predictable, and brutally fast, says EVO's Nick Trott:
"And that’s the brilliance of this car – you drive it, and it lets you drive it hard, with clear and unfiltered messages from the road filtering up through the wheel and seat. To those who still think the GT-R is a rather digital and soulless experience, please find a way to experience it for yourself."
Yet at a price point nearly 50% more than the standard car, it still has its work cut for it against rivals like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and the Porsche 911 GT3.
Read all the particulars EVO's review of the car here, and don't forget to check out our preview of the Nissan GT-R Nismo as well.