MELBOURNE, Australia (4 October 2016) – Nissan has confirmed that its NISMO performance brand will be officially introduced to the Australian market from 2017.
The first NISMO model on-sale in Australia will be the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO, which will be launched in February 2017.
The launch of the NISMO brand in Australia will coincide with the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour GT3 sportscar race at the famous Mount Panorama circuit, where two factory-entered Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries will aim to repeat the GT-R’s 2015 victory.
“NISMO is an exciting addition to our Australian business,” said Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery.
“The NISMO brand is already well known in Australia through its heritage and motorsport success. It is great news that Australia will now have access to NISMO products, starting with the mighty GT-R NISMO.”
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO features a remarkable 441kw, 652Nm version of the VR38DETT engine, and uses the same pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers at the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car.
Prior to its February 2017 launch, the first Australian orders of the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO will be offered to loyal GT-R owners.
Due to limited supply, Nissan will reward its most loyal GT-R customers with the first opportunity to purchase an Australian-delivered 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO. These customers will be contacted over the coming months.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO will be priced at $299,000 plus on-road costs and dealer delivery.
NISMO, a short form of ‘NISsan MOtorsports’, is the performance brand for Nissan and is one of the company’s purveyors of ‘innovation that excites’. Founded in 1984, NISMO offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. NISMO cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
In the motorsports world, NISMO competes in the highest forms of GT and sports car racing, such as Japan’s Super GT Championship. It also builds the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, winner of the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.