2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition Flaunts Exclusivity
The 2022 Nissan NISMO GT-R Special Edition was unveiled today in Japan. How much more exclusive can a limited-edition sports car be? It turns out this GT-R is pretty distinctive. It’s not just a badge and some decals that sets it apart.
First, it’s painted a NISMO-exclusive color called Stealth Gray.
Rays 20-inch wheels are aluminum-forged and accented in red. I have no idea who this smiling gent is who’s blocking a better view of the wheels.
You can see the carbon fibers through the clear-coated carbon fiber hood. Yes, there are the new Nissan corporate logos on the trunk and wheel centers.
Second, it uses the VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque on 93 octane petrol. What they say is the GT-R NISMO gets higher-precision, balanced rings, rods, crank, and valve gear dialed in with tighter tolerances. Will deliver ‘snappier engine revs and quicker turbo spooling’ is the question.
How many GT-Rs are there in the U.S.? Comparing a garden-variety GT-R to the GR-R NISMO would be quite a feat, and not likely to happen. Call it PR fluff, along with the use of takumi, master techs assembling these V6s by hand. I can see Elite Motorsports doing this for Erica Enders’ Pro Stock engines, but Nissan? Not so much.
Meanwhile, Nissan and McDonald’s Japan announced on Nissan’s LinkedIn page they are releasing a miniature GT-R NISMO replica. Available for a limited time only in Japan, it will include a McDonald’s Tomica happy set from April 30th. I know what you’re thinking. The airfare to Japan would set you back a grand or more. It’s been a long time since there’s been this much happiness in a stateside Happy Meal. Maybe their U.S. counterparts will take note.
No mention how many constitute a limited number of GT-R NISMO Special Editions. They will be on sale in North America this fall, at a price well above what we estimated previously for the last of the GT-Rs.
With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.
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