A first look at the 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3

On April 11 and 12th, Nissan and NISMO put their new 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3 to its paces over two days of testing at Fuji Speedway.

Two weeks later, the latest iteration of Nissan’s GT3 challenger finally broke cover, and man, it looks nice, and it’ll be coming to the GT300 class of the Autobacs Super GT Series next season.

The two days of testing drew plenty of positive feedback from test drivers Michael Krumm, Masataka Yanagida, and Mitsunori Takaboshi – but what’s really fascinating is what may or may not be under the bonnet of the new GT-R GT3.

“It was amazing how all the systems worked so well right from the beginning and the potential for making further improvements is very high,” said two-time GT500 champion Krumm, who now works as an ambassador and correspondent for Nissan and NISMO.

“As this car will be used worldwide by a variety of drivers with different styles, I want to work hard to ensure that it is possible to drive it safely at high speeds. I’m looking forward to the next tests.”

The new GT-R reportedly did over 600 kilometers of testing, per a report from AUTOSPORTweb.

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The 2018 Nissan GT-R GT3 features updated styling based on the latest road-going GT-R, incorporating the signature “V-Motion” grille design featured on most Nissan road vehicles. The car looks rounder and more aerodynamically sophisticated, particularly at the back.

But it’s what may – or may not – be powering the new GT-R that’s of particular interest. The current GT-R is powered by the VR38DETT engine – a 3.8 litre, twin-turbo V6, which also powers the road-going car. As relayed by our partners at DailySportsCar, this 2018 model may (or may not) feature a modified version of the NR20A engine – the two-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder Nippon Race Engine (NRE) from the GT500 GT-R.

An official press release from Nissan and NISMO revealed no details about the 2018 GT-R GT3’s powertrain.

In addition to Super GT, we can also expect to see the new Nissan GT-R GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series, Pirelli World Challenge, VLN Endurance Series, and Super Taikyu Endurance Series.

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