How fast can a Nissan GT-R NISMO go? We find out thanks to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida.
There’s no denying that the Nissan GT-R is a very fast car. It sort of takes the Corvette school of thought in its construction: just do everything that a supercar can do, but do it in a standard front-engined layout. So Nissan slapped a 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 under the hood as they do with every other car they make (although it’s usually not a 3.8-L twin-turbo) and called it a day.
Oh, and they gave it all the same technology as every other supercar, too. That means adaptive suspension, a carbon fiber front spoiler, a dual-clutch transmission, and an advanced stability control system that keeps the car on the road even when the driver is desperately trying to kill themselves by taking a corner far faster than they should.
And it’s fast. A normal GT-R makes 565 horsepower and can launch from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds. Top speed is theoretically 196 mph, but nobody has actually tested it to see how fast it could go.
Sadly, Johnny Bohmer and his proving grounds opted not to go for a true high-speed test run of a GT-R NISMO. Perhaps it was due to the fact the car they received for testing was not a stock model and had been tuned to produce 720 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque. Or perhaps it was a hot day at the track and temperatures wouldn’t show the ideal output of the engine.
Or maybe it was just because the car’s license plate said “Giggidy.” Who can say?
What we can say is that this GT-R can very quickly achieve 180 mph and then hardly struggle as it reaches for its stock top speed of 196 mph. All within a single standing mile. We’re pretty sure that 200-plus mph is definitely possible had this test run considered a bit more in the way of track length.