Nissan rolled out the latest models in its Nismo line of performance cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.
Without question, the star of the show was the 2015 GT-R Nismo -- with its astonishing 0-to-60 mph time of two seconds. Nissan had six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt on hand for the unveiling.
“Who better in the entire world to unveil the new GT-R Nismo than someone who knows a thing or two about being really, really super fast,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan divisional vice president of North America.
Diaz called the 2015 GT-R Nismo “Godzilla on steroids” thanks to its 3.8-liter V6 engine. The vehicle comes with 600 horsepower and 481 pounds of torque. The 2015 GT-R is set to go on sale in mid 2014, following the release of the 2015 GT-R models.
For those who don’t need quite as much horsepower, Nissan introduced the 2014 Juke Nismo RS, which will be available across the U.S. in January. The 2014 Juke Nismo RS will come in front-wheel and all-wheel drive variations. Both versions feature a four-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.
The front-wheel-drive model will feature a six-speed manual transmission, have 215 horsepower and 210 pounds of torque, whereas the all-wheel-drive model will be equipped with an Xtronic CVT transmission, 211 horsepower and 184 pounds of torque.
Nissan capped off its announcement by introducing the Sentra Nismo, a tease for the future of its Nismo line of vehicles.
The Japanese automaker said the Sentra Nismo has a race-inspired exterior. On the inside, the concept vehicle comes with a four-cylinder 1.8-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine, 240 horsepower and 240 pounds of torque. It features a six-speed manual transmission.
“All of these are great examples of how Nissan delivers extraordinary performance on the world stage,” Diaz said.