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Launched in Japan in 2007, the Nissan GT-R quickly established an iconic reputation thanks to its sheer power, advanced technology and stunning performance. At the time, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the GT-R was its price. Upon official launch in the UK back in 2009, it cost around £60,000, making it somewhat of a bargain, considering it was more than a match (performance-wise, at least) for supercars costing four times as much.

Due to its reputation and sheer importance, we were thrilled to spot the ultimate 'MY17' Nissan GT-R for sale amongst our Stratstone inventory: the Nissan GT-R Nismo. The Nismo is the very pinnacle of GT-R variants. Launched in 2015, the GT-R Nismo comes with an increased power output of 591bhp - over 100bhp more than the original GT-R. This means the GT-R range-topper can reach 60mph from standstill in under 3 seconds.

Our car is a 2016 '66' plate with just under 1,800 miles on the clock. To distinguish the Nismo from the rest of the GT-R range, aggressive and imposing aerodynamic enhancements have been made to the body. This includes many parts of the body being constructed from ultra-strong and lightweight carbon fibre, such as the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and boot lid. Carbon fibre is also used for the dominating rear spoiler, whilst aluminium door handles have been used too along with a sweet-sounding titanium exhaust to help further with the GT-R Nismo's lightweight nature.

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All these changes not only look good, but play a key part in keeping weight down to make the GT-R Nismo as agile as possible for ultra-quick times on the race track.

While the Nismo is essentially a race car for the road, it still comes fully loaded with convenient equipment so that you can quite happily drive it to the race track, destroy the competition on track, and then drive home in complete comfort. Many manufacturers remove creature comforts such as air conditioning and radios in pursuit of faster lap times for their stripped-out special editions, but the GT-R Nismo manages to combine incredible track performance with tremendous amounts of interior features.

This particular Nismo comes with a fully automated gearbox with sequential manual option via steering wheel-mounted paddles, four-wheel drive (for added stability), heated front seats, Alcantara® material throughout the cabin, Bose® sound system, Active Noise Cancellation, 8" touch screen, cruise control, DAB, air-con, electric windows, and all the gadgets and performance indicators you could ever need.

There's even a cup holder for front and rear passengers as well as front and rear parking sensors - on a GT-R!

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With its rarity, heritage and performance the GT-R Nismo will undoubtedly command strong values for years to come and will rightly take its place in the automotive history books as a true Japanese legend. For an example of this, look no further than its predecessor - a 2005 R34 GT-R Nismo Z-Tune which recently went to auction with an estimated value of £400,000.

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