Nissan GT-R by KW
The German suspension Maufacturer KW have developed a series of no compromise coilovers fot the Nissan GT-R, these packages are intended for use at the race course and is also suitable for normal use on the street. The two applications that they have come up with are the KW Clubsport and Variant 3.
The Clubsport package is ideal for drivers who want to optimize their roadworthy Nissan’s performance on the race track.
However the Variant 3 coilover is aimed at the performance-oriented driver who still has a high regard for comfort in everyday real world driving conditions.
Both suspension setups replace the magnetic Bilstein shock that come from the factory and are independently adjustable in compression and rebound dampening according to the drivers needs.
A neat feature available at either two (HLS2) or all four (HLS4) corners of the vehicle is KW’s Hydraulic Lift System. The system allows the driver to raise the car with the touch of a button or by remote control up to 45 mm to climb over speed bumps or enter garages with steep inclines, an ideal feature for anyone who doesn’t want to damage their new super car. This is the same setup that same setup that KW has previously sold for Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini’s enabling owners to enjoy a more practical super car.
The HLS2 kit is priced at 1,020,600 yen ($11,257 USD at time of conversion) and the HLS4 version is only a few yen more at 1,209,600 yen ($13,341 USD at time of conversion.) The prices are a bit steep, but if you are modifying a GT-R you already have some deep pockets. This includes the KW Variant3 height, rebound and damper adjustable suspension integrated into the hydraulic lift system. The automobile will maintain its street legal status thanks to MOT approval when fitted correctly.
Although the KW research and development team attempted to best the GT-R’s record setting lap time of 7:29 around the Nürburgring, the weather was uncooperative, but it still made for a fun test session. Click for video.
Press release after the jump
With the Nissan GT-R, the running gear manufacturer KW has found an ideal platform for its products. Together with the Japanese importer Hashimoto, the German company refines the Japanese sports car with Clubsport coilovers even before the car is introduced to the European market. And KW brought another 5 refiners into the boat.
For the Nissan GT-R, this co-operation between KW and Hashimoto offers a package for the race course which is also suitable for normal use on the roads. But, the already legendary sports car is not available in Europe yet. Even before the GT-R is let loose onto European roads, KW has extensively refined the automobile.
This includes the coilovers KW Clubsport and Variant 3. The KW Clubsport running gear is the ideal solution for sportive drivers who wish to optimise their roadworthy Nissan for the race course. The Variant 3 coilover is aimed at performance-oriented drivers who attach great importance to comfort in everyday road traffic. Both products allow an independently adjustable traction- and compression phase for an ideal running gear regulation according to the road conditions and the requirements of the driver. Thereby, the stainless steel technology inox line ensures a constant flexibility of all individual parts even during sportive sprints and winter use and therefore guarantees a long durability of the running gear.
Hydraulic system overcomes obstacles
Furthermore, KW integrates its own Hydraulic Lift System HLS 4 at both axles. This enables the driver to lift the car by button or radio control up to 45 millimetres, so it passes speed bumps and other obstacles such as entrances to underground car parks easily. The system even works while driving up to 80 km/h. Nissan GT-R drivers can upgrade the hydraulic system together with a coilover kit or the Variant 3.
As far as the appearance, grip and seats of the car are concerned, the running gear specialist KW and the importer Hashimoto brought further experts into the team. OZ provides the three-part rims Superleggera with six double spokes measuring 10.5x20 inches at the front- and 11x20 inches at the rear axle. Suitable high-performance tyres SP Sport 600 DSST are delivered by Dunlop. All four wheels use the same size 285/35 ZRF20 100Y. Recaro fits the bucket seats, Schroth the six-point racing belts, and the refinement of another partner only becomes visible when the driver gets out of the car: LSD added gull-wing doors and therefore renders a Lamborghini-look to the Nissan.
Despite of all these modifications, the GT-R remains fully operational even off the race course. The sports car maintains its MOT approval when the components are fitted accordingly. Neither KW nor the importer Hashimoto changed the engine performance. The coupe is powered by the standard 3.8-litre V6-biturbo VR38 DETT rendering 480 hp at 6,400 rpm. 588 Newton metres torque propel the Nissan up to 310km/h.