Nissan has revealed two limited-production high-performance Nismo versions of its Skyline four-door sedan… for the Japanese market only.
UPDATE, 08/08/2023 – We’ve updated this story to clarify the Skyline Nismo only comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. A manual transmission isn’t available.
The Japanese carmaker will produce 1000 examples of the Skyline Nismo, and a further 100 examples of the Skyline Nismo Limited. The latter is being created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the S54A-1 Skyline GT.
Nissan will launch the Skyline Nismo in the Japanese market during September, with the Skyline Nismo Limited coming between June and August 2024.
Headlining changes to the Nissan Skyline Nismo is the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, which has been boosted to 309kW and 550Nm. These are the same outputs as the recently revealed Z Nismo.
Nissan claims the engine was exclusively tuned by the same engineers that are involved in development of the GT500 racer’s engine.
The Skyline Nismo is only available with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode. There are Normal, Sport and Sport+ drive modes.
The high-performance sedan has specially tuned suspension and stabilisers that are claimed to reduce roll when turning and maintain tracking on uneven road surfaces.
On the outside the Skyline Nismo comes with specially designed Nismo front and rear bumpers and side sills with red accents, as well as Nismo-exclusive fog lamps.
The grille opening and the shape of the internal air guide have been optimised to deliver more cooling performance to the radiator and oil cooler, yet less air resistance.
The adhesive used on the front and rear windows, which has been adopted from the GT-R Nismo, is claimed to improve body rigidity without increasing overall vehicle weight.
19-inch Enkei aluminium wheels come as standard and are wrapped in specially developed tyres that are 20mm wider at the rear. The Skyline Nismo Limited’s wheels are finished in matte gunmetal.
Providing the stopping power are brake pads that have a friction material that’s claimed to have “outstanding fade-resistance properties”. The ABS has also been revised to shorten the braking distance.
Nissan has tuned the Skyline Nismo’s vehicle dynamics control system to deliver “refined controllability” on winding roads and optimising performance in “extreme” situations.
On the inside the Skyline Nismo has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red centre mark, a 280km/h speedometer, and a red-ringed tachometer. Recaro sports seats with suede upholstery are available.
The Skyline Nismo Limited takes this a step further with a special label detailing the “master craftsperson” who assembled the engine at the Yokohama plant. There’s also an exclusive serial plate with the production number.
The current, thirteenth-generation Nissan Skyline was first revealed in 2014 and was on sale locally as the Infiniti Q50 until 2019.