Famed GT-R tuners celebrate 20 years with a MY17 car and... only another 100hp?
Since 1997 - yes, it really was that long ago - Litchfield has been making its name known across the industry for getting big power from Nissan GT-Rs. Of course it has dabbled with other stuff (its lightest RS6 tune makes 660hp, for example) but making fast, four-wheel drive Nissans go even quicker still is what Litchfield is all about.
To mark two decades of doing so, Litchfield has creates this: the LM20. Based on the new MY17 car, Litchfield humbly describes this GT-R as "arguably the greatest road-going GT-R so far", "jaw-droppingly capable" and "a limited production special that celebrates performance without compromise." Unabashed is probably what you'd call it.
Interestingly given Litchfield has made GT-R with four-figure power outputs this LM20 features 'just' 675hp, or 105hp more than standard. Still, with a claimed 0-100mph time of 5.7 seconds and a 203mph top speed it's probably fast enough for most. Peak torque is 600lb ft, produced from 2,500-5,100rpm.
The more substantial tweaks are underneath in fact. Litchfield has its own enhanced calibration for the Bilstein Damptronic dampers, plus the traction and stability control, said to allow for "staggering" road and track dynamics. Given the standard car is hardly lacking in that department, that promises a great deal. Also new are bespoke Eibach springs and a new anti-roll bar.
Behind those fantastic Rays wheels (what is it about bronze wheels on Japanese cars that works so well?) sit 400mm Alcon brakes; the Michelin tyres mentioned would appear to be Pilot Super Sports, leaving the option there for Cup 2s if you're more serious about track driving.
See also the new carbon fibre parts: the front lip, the blade across the grille and portions of the rear bumper. Litchfield claims tangible downforce from the front changes, assisted by side air guides. Looks cool, too.
Litchfield will make 20 LM20s, priced at £96,995. Each one is supported Litchfield's three-year warranty that includes servicing and even covers GT-R Owner's Club track days. Just don't be this guy, of course...
Autocar 1,200hp drag race vid here if you want it too.
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I'm intrigued a to how they've re calibrated the stability control. It's phenomenally complicated, and without access to the actual manufacturer tuning tools, impossible to fathom. Perhaps they've fitted their own TCS that operates separately. I'd be interested to know!
British Beef13 Jan 2017
Very nice. A tasteful and purposeful upgrade, which is quite a rare thing from tuners these days!
When is Nissan going to bring out the new GTR? Very tough act to beat.
323ti13 Jan 2017
Always been a great fan of the GT-R, but it's time has passed. When it arrived it swept all before it and really got up Porsche's chuff, which to me was the best part of it. I still love how Porsche officially tried to belittle the Datsun by saying none of their best test drivers (that would include a certain mr. Rohrl) could get anywhere near the claimed Ring times in the GT-R. Only for sportAuto's chief editor Horst von Sauria to then do his first lap in it in a staggering 7:38. Trousers have never dropped lower around Porsche boffins ankles. After that, Nissan stood still, making their car softer and slower, and Porsche nicked everything that made GT-R's and Skylines fast, the four-wheel steering, the DCT transmission, etc etc. and now run rings around everything else again.
It was fun while it lasted.
Birky_4113 Jan 2017
0-100mph in 5.7 seconds is bike quick
The fact they do this in something that weighs near on 2 tonne and goes round corners too is impressive
Tuvra13 Jan 2017
After that, Nissan stood still, making their car softer and slower, and Porsche nicked everything that made GT-R's and Skylines fast, the four-wheel steering, the DCT transmission, etc etc. and now run rings around everything else again.
It was fun while it lasted.
I assume you're referring to the Turbo S running rings around everything else? In regards to a Turbo S versus a GTR, you're comparing a £145,773.00 car with one that costs £80,995.00, thats a 44% difference and considering how close the performance figures are, I'd still consider the GTR a pretty unbelievable performance bargain.
991 Turbo S: 0-60: 2.5s 0-100: 6.2s
2017 GTR: 0-60: 2.9s 0-100: 7.2s
On paper at least, this LM20 should put a Turbo S in its place in pretty much every scenario, whilst still being 33% (£48,778.00) cheaper.
In comparison, If you spend 44% less (£45,357.20) than you do on a GTR your not even in an M4, your in a reasonably well specced A45 AMG / RS3 and thats it, this always blows my mind when I consider the price difference between the 991TS/GTR
Not "attacking" you directly 323, it's just I find the price gets ignored in most discussions when comparing the GTR/991 Turbo S and with such a large price difference, it's almost like comparing apples and oranges, or GTR's and A45's