Nissan put performance center stage at the 20 13 Los Angeles Auto Show with today’s North American debut of the most powerful Nissan GT-R supercar ever, the GT-R NISMO. As the fourth model in the 2015 GT-R lineup, along with the GT-R Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition, the GT-R NISMO features extensive engine, suspension, exterior and interior enhancements. It is scheduled to be available later in 2014, following the January on-sale date of the other 2015 GT-R models.
The GT-R NISMO was one of three performance Nissans revealed today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs from November 22 through December 1, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was joined at a press conference by the world debut of a custom-built Sentra NISMO Concept and the debut of the production version of the new 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO RS.
The press conference also featured a surprise appearance by Usain Bolt, six-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and 100-meter world record holder. Bolt, who owns a special gold-painted Nissan GT-R, assisted Nissan Divisional Vice President, Sales & Marketing Fred Diaz in revealing the new GT-R NISMO. Bolt serves as Nissan’s “Director of Excitement.”
The Sentra NISMO Concept follows a long line of Nissan small performance sedans such as the original Sentra SE-R. Created strictly as a design study, the Sentra NISMO Concept features a 240-plus horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, NISMO-tuned suspension and steering, custom driver-focused interior, enhanced aerodynamics and large wheels and tires.
Keeping with the NISMO theme, the new Nissan JUKE NISMO RS follows the recent introduction of the JUKE NISMO, with even higher levels of performance and sporty design. Enhancements include additional horsepower and torque – up to 215 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, a new manual transmission, larger brakes, chassis stiffening and unique RS interior treatments featuring Recaro front seats. It is scheduled to join the popular JUKE lineup in early 2014.
“Nissan has always been the brand that did things differently. Our designs have stretched the envelope over the years,” said Diaz. “All Nissan products, just like the new GT-R NISMO, stand out among the competition because they are about the driver first and foremost and about using innovation to transform the driving experience.”