Most of the famous car manufacturers have special divisions dedicated to the production of racing cars and high performance versions of their road cars. Mercedes-Benz has AMG, BMW has M division, Audi has RS division and Nissan has NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International Co.).
Since Nissan established the NISMO division in 1984, it has produced many incredible racing cars that have competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, Super GT, Formula E and many other competitions. popular motorsport. On top of that, NISMO has built a long list of high performance road models that gearboxes love. Let’s explore ten of the biggest NISMO brands JDM cars never built.
Since its introduction in 2007, the Nissan GTR has been considered one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time. Everyone loves the aggressive styling, power, fantastic driving feel, and affordability of the GTR compared to other supercars.
However, Nismo always felt that the GTR was lacking in the power department, so they introduced the GTR NISMO in 2013. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 delivering 591 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, the GTR NISMO immediately made history when he became the the world’s fastest production vehicle on the NÃ¼rburgring.
1994 Nismo 270R
The 270R is a fantastic two-door coupe that Nismo produced in limited numbers in 1994. The 270R started life as the S14 Silvia that Nissan introduced a year earlier but had many upgrades to set it apart, including a ventilated hood with a pre-mounted intercooler, a robust clutch, a Nismo ‘Edge’ Aero kit and seats with Nismo logo.
The 270R was powered by a 2.0-liter SR20DET inline-four engine producing 270 hp, giving it a 0-60 of 5 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. With only 50 units produced, the Nismo 270R is one of the rarest Japanese cars.
2017 Sentra Nismo
There’s nothing exciting about the Nissan Sentra. It’s a great four-door family sedan that can take you from point A to point B. Well, that all changed in 2017 when Nissan introduced the Sentra Nismo. For starters, the Sentra Nismo features plenty of cosmetic upgrades, including larger Michelin Pilot Sport tires, new rear shocks, and red accents on the side sills, front and rear fairings, seats, steering wheel and center console. .
The Sentra Nismo also gets a power boost in the form of a 1.6-liter MR16DDT turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
The Nismo Edition of the beloved Nissan 350Z debuted in 2007 at the New York International Auto Show. It had the same engine as the regular 350Z – a 3.5-liter VQ35HR – but only had a six-speed manual transmission, traction control system, and a viscous limited-slip differential.
Nismo also outfitted the 350Z with an aerodynamic package including an aggressive front fairing with a sleek chin spoiler, elongated rear fairing, underbody diffuser, side skirts and rear spoiler. Other upgrades included an independent multi-link suspension tuned by Nismo, heavy-duty Brembo brakes and a tuned Nismo-branded exhaust.
Barely a year after Nissan introduced the 370Z, Nismo got down to business and offered the 370Z Nismo. From the start, the 370Z Nismo was an ultimate driving car as it featured a 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 350 hp paired with a six-speed manual gearbox with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match function.
The 370Z Nismo also had improved handling thanks to reinforced springs and stabilizer bars, 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum alloy rims, Y-rated Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires, Nismo Sport brakes with aluminum calipers and a spoiler. chin.
The Juke has always been a controversial car since Nissan introduced it in 2010. The odd shape and unusual insect-shaped headlights make the Juke cool to some gearboxes, while others think it’s the one of the ugliest cars ever made.
However, that didn’t stop Nismo from building the Juke Nismo. Released in 2013, the Juke Nismo features styling changes to the bumpers, side skirts and interior to make it sportier than the base model. It also features a modified suspension and steering system, larger wheels, a torque vectoring system, and an upgraded engine that produces 197 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The Nissan March, now in its fifth generation, is one of the most underrated Japanese sedans. It’s cheap, convenient, and packs a punch, especially in the Nismo Edition introduced in 2013.
The March Nismo comes with special exterior design features including LED daytime running lights, front and rear bumpers, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a Nismo badge. On the performance side, the March Nismo features an upgraded 1.5-liter HR15DE engine with 114 hp on tap, a custom suspension and braking system, an upgraded exhaust system and a quick steering report.
Skyline GT-R Nismo
The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo was introduced in 1990 to homologate several changes in aerodynamics, weight savings, reliability and performance for Group A Racing. The homologation rules called for the construction of 500 units, but Nissan built an additional 60 units which they turned into race cars.
The Skyline GT-R Nismo was powered by the same 2.6-liter RB26DETT engine as the standard Skyline GT-R, but instead of the Garrett T03 turbochargers it uses larger T04B models to improve power and reliability. The result is a car that produces 601 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars of the ’90s.
1997 NISMO 400R
Just as it had done with the R32 above, Nismo developed a special version of the R33 Skyline GT-R, resulting in the 400R. Unveiled in 1997, the 400R is a true car unicorn, since only 44 examples have been produced.
The 400R underwent many improvements over the standard R33, allowing it to take on the best supercars of the 90s. On the one hand, it had a 2.8-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine producing 400 hp and 346. lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph in just 4 seconds. Nismo also outfitted the 400R with a dual-disc clutch, upgraded exhaust, intercooler system, Nismo brake pads and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.
Nissan Note e-Power Nismo
When Nissan unveiled the Nissan Note e-Power in 2016, the gearboxes were in awe. It was affordably priced and was powered by a hybrid system that gave it an extremely impressive fuel economy of 87 mpg. Unfortunately, the Note e-Power was slow and boring to drive, which is why Nismo built the Note e-Power Nismo in 2018.
The Note e-Power Nismo features an upgraded powertrain delivering 136 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, which is 25% more power than you would get with the standard Note e-Power. It also features an upgraded front stabilizer bar, Recaro sports seats, chassis reinforcements and a stiffer suspension.
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