NISSAN Australia has confirmed the 2022 Nissan GT-R range will include two new special editions, with the T-spec to sit atop the regular range, closing the gap to the NISMO models. You’ll notice that’s NISMO models, plural.
That’s because Nissan is introducing a lighter, faster and more extreme NISMO SV as the new GT-R performance flagship. The special editions in particular represent the end of an era, and the last time the current generation vehicle will be offered for sale in Australia.
“The GT-R has earned its place at the pinnacle of performance around the world, acting as a true automotive icon for more than 50 years,” Nissan Australia managing director Adam Paterson said.
“This isn’t the end of the GT-R story in Australia, but it will mark the closure of this chapter for this generation vehicle, and there is surely no more fitting a send-off for this performance hero than with an expanded range offering that includes not one but two thrilling special editions.”
The 2022 Nissan GT-R range begins with the GT-R Premium, priced at $193,800 plus on-roads. It effortlessly combines the pulse-quickening performance of Nissan’s iconic twin-turbocharged engine with a host of performance and convenience features.
The beating heart of the regular GT-R range is Nissan’s 24-valve 3.8-litre V6 engine, which produces an astonishing 419kW and 632Nm. That power is delivered to its tyres through a six-speed DCT automatic with three driver-selectable modes.
Standard performance equipment includes the Nissan Brembo braking system, with four-wheel disc brakes (390mm front, 380mm rear), utilising front and rear two-piece floating rotors with diamond-pattern internal ventilation.
The high-performance braking system is framed by 20-inch lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels (20×9.5 front, 20×10.5 rear), wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx high-performance tyres.
A carbon-fibre engine chassis brace and carbon-composite front cross member deliver handling perfection. At the rear, a blue titanium exhaust with sound control provides your driving soundtrack.
In the cabin, leather-accented seats (heated in the front), an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, a BOSE premium audio system with 11 speakers, including dual subwoofers, and an Intelligent Key with push-button ignition deliver technology and comfort.
The GT-R Premium Luxury builds on the extensive equipment list of the Premium, adding fine hand-stitched semi-aniline leather-accented seats, with the same luxurious-feeling material featured on the steering wheel, gearshift, dashboard and door panels.
The new GT-R T-spec exclusive edition joins the range for 2022, which further increases the performance equipment, significantly closing the gap between the regular GT-R and the NISMO versions.
Its performance-ready equipment list includes Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors, now 410mm front and 390mm rear, for superior stopping power, while the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx high-performance tyres wrap model-exclusive forged gold alloy wheels.
The rear is now fitted with a carbon-fibre spoiler for lightweight aerodynamics, while in the cabin, the steering wheel, shift lever, seat trim and dashboard decoration are finished in a model-exclusive dark green colour.
These are joined by the quilt-stitched Alcantara roof lining, suede A-pillar finishers and model-exclusive kick plate finishers. The T-Spec is priced at $256,700 plus on-roads.
It’s from here that things get wild. Nissan’s performance-engineering division needs no introduction, with the NISMO badge applied only to the most extreme, performance-focused vehicles in the Nissan line-up.
And when NISMO engineering meets the iconic GT-R, the results are spectacular. The GT-R NISMO has long been Nissan’s pinnacle performance car, offering GT3 Racing-derived technology and an exhilarating driving experience every time you set off.
The VR38DETT 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 with GT3 race car-supplied turbochargers is at the heart of the GT-R NISMO drivetrain, producing 441kW and 652Nm. Stopping power is enhanced by the fitment of Brembo carbon-ceramic rotors.
These are now 410mm front and 390mm rear, and are paired with Nissan’s carbon-ceramic braking system. Weight is further reduced through the generous use of carbon-fibre, including on the trunk lid, front and rear bumpers, side sills, rear spoiler and roof.
The NISMO Recaro leather-accented seats with Alcantara inserts also feature carbon-fibre seat-backs. In the cabin, the interior is treated to a NISMO red-and-black interior theme, with a NISMO Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and gauge hood, and NISMO tachometer.
The ultimate expression of Nissan performance now has a new big brother, the NISMO SV, featuring an exclusive clear-coated carbon-fibre bonnet, which not only exposes the intricate carbon-fibre weave, but also sheds a further 100 grams from the svelte GT-R.
The edition-exclusive 20-inch Rays aluminium forged wheels also sport a red accent that matches existing accents around the body.
Continuing from the Nissan GT-R NISMO, the large Brembo callipers and carbon-ceramic rotors are the biggest ever fitted to a Japanese performance car, at 410mm in the front and 390mm at the rear. The NISMO SV is priced at $393,800 plus on-roads.
The engine utilises new high-precision, weight-balanced parts including piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft, flywheel, crank pulley and valve springs dialled in with tighter tolerances, delivering snappier revs and quicker turbo spooling.
Each engine is handcrafted by its own takumi technician. The takumi certification plate on the engine is also in an exclusive colour. The 2022 Nissan GT-R T-spec and NISMO SV will arrive in Australia from October.