Nissan’s Nismo Could Build Its Own Supercar
When you think about supercars and Nismo at that same time, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo is probably what crosses your mind. And, why shouldn’t it? It pumps out 600 horsepower, 481 pound-feet of torque, and can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. When you really look at the bottom line, Nismo is basically taking an established car from Nissan, and tweaking it to perfection. What if, however, Nismo took a different approach and built its own car from scratch? In a recent interview with TopGear.com Nissan’s chief product specialist, Hiroshi Tamura, said it may be a reality someday.
“Nismo is still a baby brand” said Tamura. “And, that baby needs protection. So not yet, but some day… Yes.” When asked about a Nismo-built supercar, Bob Laishley – Nismo’s program director – has also agreed that it’s a possibility saying, “I would like to aspire to that.”
Of course, at this point, the idea of a supercar designed from the ground up by Nismo is nothing more than an idea. There sure is hope, though. Plus, given the responses from the powers that be within Nismo, it’s probably safe to say it will happen eventually. The biggest question is whether or not Nismo’s customer base will actually be receptive to the idea. Nismo is a performance and motorsport division of Nissan, so building its own vehicle might fall too far out of the norm for some people to handle.
Why It Matters
I think it would be a great idea for Nismo to branch out and make its own vehicle. It could be the beginning of some amazing things to come. Nismo might be in its infancy in comparison to BMW’s M performance brand, or AMG, but it still has well-established roots in the performance world. If Nismo does dive into the deep end and start development of its own bespoke model, I don’t see it being successful unless it tops the current GT-R Nismo and anything else that comes between now and then. I say go for it Nismo, I know you’ve got what it takes.
Read our full review of the GT-R Nismo here