Special Edition 2021.5 GT-R NISMO
Fans of the legendary Nissan GT-R have high expectations every year when the new model is released. For those who are focused on performance super sports cars, the GT-R sets the bar. And no one ever really questions that dominance. But this year, the powers that be at Nissan decided to provide car enthusiasts with even more to look forward to. A Special Edition 2021.5 GT-R NISMO will be gracing the U. S. market this fall. And fans are eager to set eyes on this one-of-a-kind work of art.
The Special Edition Exterior
You can’t miss the irony in the Stealth Gray paint job. This car is the polar opposite of stealth. It is an attention grabber even when it is wearing one of the five basic colors offered by the factory. And at first glance, the gray is a bit understated. But once you begin to notice all of the other enhancements like the exclusive RAYS-sourced 20-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels with red accents and the red racing stripe on the ground effects, the secret is out. Everyone knows that there is something amazing under that clear-coated carbon fiber weave hood.
Craftsmanship Under the Hood
While the unique color scheme is an attention grabber, the artistry concealed under the hood will win your heart. Each 2021.5 has been bestowed a hand-crafted engine that a master technician assembled. Known as Takumi, these mechanical masterminds worked in special cleanrooms to painstakingly create each power plant. And their reward for a job well done was to add their autograph to the special certification plate on the engine. These genuinely are one-of-a-kind engines in a one-of-a-kind sports car.
Being a special edition and bearing the designator 2021.5, these cars are very desirable and collectible. But hopefully, anyone willing to spend the forecast nearly a quarter of a mil to get one will allow it to live out its life in a proper racing environment. And only retire it to a fitting resting place after it has been turned loose to devour some of the finest tracks in the world.
A Gray Number Is Fitting
Justifying nearly $250k for the 2021.5 might be a stretch for some. But after only a few seconds behind the wheel, most drivers feel that the price is quite reasonable. And some would have been willing to pay even more for the 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. Then add to the mix the high-precision, weight-balanced parts for the piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft, and valve gear components dialed in with tighter tolerances, and you feel you got a real bargain.
Attempting to improve on perfection is a bold move. But it is one that Nissan and NISMO have pulled off with the 2021.5 GT-R NISMO. The only consolation for those who don’t get one is that there is always something new to look forward to in 2022!