The Nürburgring has played host to the development of countless sports cars, and the latest model to stretch its legs on the Norschleife is this 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo spotted by our spy photographers. The high-performance variant goes on sale next year.
Nissan has confirmed that development of the GT-R Nismo is on track to launch next year. "The Nissan GT-R NISMO is the GT-R with which we pursue pure performance," Nismo chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura said in a statement. "Its development is on schedule, and I can’t wait to see the model introduced into the markets." (Nissan officials also hinted at a GT-R Nismo back in February at the Chicago auto show.)
Although the automaker released no other details, reports suggest the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo will be lighter and more powerful than current versions of the all-wheel-drive coupe. Larger exhausts and engine tweaks could push peak power to as much as 600 hp, an increase with the potential to lower the car's 0-to-62-mph time to just two seconds. Expect the car to go on sale in Japan and the U.S. next year.
The prototype spotted here lapping the Nürburgring displays its performance chops by way of a new front fascia with more air intakes, a tall rear wing, a restyled rear bumper, and what appear to be new exhaust tips. The bodywork changes are likely meant to improve aerodynamic performance and feed air to the engine, while the exhaust outlets match our expectation that the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo will receive improved power.
The Nismo is expected to be the last iteration of this generation GT-R, known within Nissan as the R35. Our colleagues at Motor Trend report that the supercar will be all-new for the 2016 model year, and that the next Nissan GT-R could even adopt hybrid power. It will be revealed publicly in 2015.
Until then, the 2014 Nissan GT-R continues to use a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine good for 545 hp. This year, buyers can pick new Special Edition or Track versions.