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Faster and a Lot More Expensive
Ever since it burst onto the scene in 2008, the Nissan GT-R has been a force to be reckoned with.
Heralded and acclaimed as one of the greatest sports cars to ever come from Japan when it first debuted, Nissan has continued to give its famed GT-R model tweaks and changes over the years, making it even more formidable. To pay our respects to one of the greatest machines any automotive enthusiast can buy in today’s marketplace, AutoGuide has decided to take a look at the Nissan GT-R over the years, how it’s changed inside and out, along with its price tag.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of the AMG driving academy and Ferrari’s winter driving school, Nissan now offers the GT-R experience to owners of the supercar who want the chance to learn from driving professionals on a proper race track.
Last February, the 2013 Nissan GT-R Experience kicked off by inviting existing owners of the 2012 Nissan GT-R to get some real life track experience in their cars; best of all, it’s there’s no added cost (excluding the near $100,000 you will pay for the car). Three different tracks were chosen to host the GT-R Experience based on where the most GT-R’s have sold in the U.S. Laguna Seca in California, Monticello Motor Club in New York and Palm Beach Raceway were chosen.
The GT-R experience is organized by the Skip Barber racing school and aims to teach car control while demonstrating the vehicle’s true track capability. Driving exercises include side by side drag racing to show off the GT-R’s launch control, an autocross competiton, on track instruction and a slalom.
Nissan keeps adding more to its flagship GT-R sports car to help keep competing alongside its rivals. A new update for the 2012 model year in Europe pegs the engine output at an impressive 542-hp, over the previous year’s 530-hp number. Billed as a 2012 model year car overseas, this improvement, along with a slew of others, is expected to debut on a US-spec version for 2013. (US-Spec models will come officially rated at 545-hp).
Along with the improved engine output of 550 PS (542-hp) and 632 Nm (466 lb-ft), Nissan also claims improved efficiency and an enhanced transmission “feel” thanks to a new shift fork arm, a firmer flywheel housing bearing and a new differential oil.
A stiffer body structure now promises improved rigidity, while Nissan has also developed a new asymmetric suspension, with a stiffer spring rate on the left side and an imbalanced wheel load (when stationary), for right-hand drive versions. This new arrangement is designed to compensate for RHD models where the car is weighted to the right side thanks to both the location of the propeller shaft and the driver.
In addition, Nissan has announced a new track version of the GT-R for right-hand drive markets, like Japan and the UK.
GALLERY: 2012 Euro-market GT-R
The folks over at PistonHeads.com headed to Silverstone to catch up with Kazutoshi Mizuno, otherwise known as the father of the GT-R. Mizuno spent some time detailing the improvements the 2012 Nissan GT-R (2013 U.S.-spec model) sports, and how he anticipates it to be a very noticeable difference to the car’s performance.
For 2012, the GT-R will receive a nice increase in power, though no figure has been set in stone. The estimates are to be around 550-hp while the right-hand-drive markets will receive an asymmetric suspension setup. The suspension is designed to counterbalance the extra 110-lbs of the steering assemblies. Minor revisions were also made to the front end, slightly improving steering.
And while all these changes are probably very minor and unnoticeable to the everyday person, Nissan claims that the 2012 car was faster throughout the track at Silverstone and because of that data, Mizuno believes that the 2012 GT-R could be 7-8 seconds faster than the 2011 lap time of 7 minutes and 24 seconds.
To put this into perspective, the current production car Nurburgring record holder is the Viper ACR with a 7:12 time.
There will also be an announcement of a Track Pack for the 2012 GT-R which will include Spec-V style interior, racing seats with high friction fabric, upgraded brakes and a sport exhaust. Mizuno also teased about the possibility of expanding the GT-R model line.
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan GT-R
Ever wish you could parlay your love of cars into an actual gig? If that’s the case, then has Nissan have the job for you. In an all-new Facebook contest, you could win the chance to be a reporter at the New York International Auto Show (NYIS).
To enter the contest, create a 30 second video reporting about what you find most innovative about your own Nissan vehicle and enter it on Nissan’s Facebook page. If you win, you and a guest get to travel to New York and attend the NYIAS on press days. You’ll get to report on all the new car reveals, go one-on-one with Nissan reps and report on the show (which will be shared through Nissan’s Facebook page). Nissan’s highlights at this show will include the 2012 Nissan GT-R, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, plus you’ll even have the chance to drive the all-electric Nissan LEAF.
“Nissan is committed to engaging our dedicated fans who contribute to our active Facebook community,” said Erich Marx, Director Social Media & Interactive Marketing. “We believe the New York International Auto Show is a great venue in which to bring an owner to connect with our brand and Nissan’s innovative new vehicles then offer them a chance to report back to the community from their own unique perspective.”
The contest is running now and runs until Tuesday, April 12, 2011. You can see all of the contests and details by clicking on the Reporter Contest tab on Nissan’s Facebook Fan Page.
For complete coverage of all the vehicles at the show, see AutoGuide’s New York Auto Show preview and coverage page here.
After tremendous buildup, including plenty of leaked details, Nissan officially revealed the new 2012 GT-R at the LA Auto Show recently. Full details were released about improved aerodynamics, lighter wheels and even a significant boost in engine output to 530-hp, but there was one thing missing: a 0-60 mph time.
Increasingly, with ultra high-performance cars like the GT-R, the 0-60 mph time is completely irrelevant, but it is important for bragging rights. Nissan now has a lot to brag about, announcing that the car can hit the 60 mph mark in an astonishingly quick 2.9 seconds. (100 km/h in 3.0 seconds). The Japanese automaker even went so far as to release a readout from a Digitek device that was used to measure the official 2.9 second time.
Considering the GT-R costs $89,950 that time is incredibly impressive, topping even the Porsche 911 Turbo S, which is rated at 3.1 second. Let’s just hope reproducing that number won’t void your warranty.
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan GT-R
Official release, Digitek readout and a short video of the GT-R from the LA Auto Show after the jump:
Rarely, if ever, does a mid-cycle refresh get the attention that it has with the new 2012 Nissan GT-R. But there’s a very good reason the GT-R is making headlines half way through its production cycle.
A lot is new about this updated version of Nissan’s Porsche killer, and what’s most important might be the changes under the hood. Thanks to a retuned ECU with more boost and some larger exhaust pipes the new GT-R makes an additional 45-hp, with the new total an impressive 530-hp. Torque is also up significantly by 54 ft-lbs, for a new total of 488 ft-lbs.
Major aerodynamic enhancements were also made – even if it doesn’t look like it. Thanks to a larger front opening as well as a new rear diffuser and underbody trays the drag coefficient has dropped from 0.27 to 0.26 cd to help the car slide through the air. Those same upgrades also result in a 10 percent improvement in downforce, which is sure to help out on the Nürburgring.
Helping to cut weight (the GT-R could use to loose a few pounds) are a new set of Rays wheels – with a 10-spoke design on the Premium Package and a 6-spoke look on a new Black Edition package.
Inside the 2012 model gets an improved interior and some carbon fiber on the dash – although Nissan still has some catching up to do with competitors like Porsche. A Black Edition might just solve any issues we have with the car thanks to red Recaro seats and a red and black interior.
A total of six exterior colors will be offered for 2012 including: Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, a limited production Super Silver, Jet Black and our favorite Deep Blue Pearl.
Pricing for the 2012 model starts at $89,950 for the Premium model and jumps to $95,100 for the Black Edition.
Get more details after the jump and browse though our extensive galleries below:
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan GT-R Debut in LA
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan GT-R
Official release and video of the 2012 Nissan GT-R after the jump:
After announcing earlier today that it would reveal the new 2012 GT-R at the LA Auto Show, Nissan has taken the wraps off the refreshed version of its halo sports car without disappointment.
A long list of enhancements make the GT-R more capable in every way. Starting under the hood, the twin-turbo V6 gets a bump in power, with output now rated at 522-hp at 6400 rpm and 451 ft-lbs of torque at 3200 rpm. That engine also gets a new red cover to signify the added power.
Suspension upgrades include an entirely reworked setup with new springs rates, shocks an new carbon composite strut tower bar. New light-weight RAYS forged wheels are also included, with new Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tires that Nissan says offer improved straight line stability, better sidewall rigidity and an improve tread. Plus, new brake rotors are included to improve stopping distances, reduce fade and last longer under hard driving conditions.
Outside the GT-R gets a revised body with improved aerodynamics, bringing the drag coefficient down from 0.27 to 0.26. The design also increases front downforce by 10 percent and reduces airflow into the engine compartment, while directing more air to the radiator and brake cooling ducts. A longer rear diffuser also improved aerodynamics and improves cooling under the car (likely for the transmission). Rear downforce has also been improved by 10 percent. Two new colors are offered for 2011: Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl.
Inside the 2011 GT-R gets some mild upgrades that include a magnesium coating on the paddle shifters and a genuine carbon fiber panel for the center stack. More comfortable seats are fitted to the Pure and Premium edition models while the Black edition gets more race-inspired seating.
The GT-R will be available in six different model options (in Japan anyway). These include the aforementioned Pure Edition, Black and Premium Edition, as well as the SpecV, Club Track and Egoist.
SpecV models retain the high-output engine from the new standard powerplant and gain the lightweight Rays wheels and new Dunlop tires as standard equipment. Also standard on SpecV models are upgraded brake pads and a more aggressive Vehicle Dynamics control program.
Next up is the Club Track Edition, designed specifically for circuit driving. Owners of this car will get to experience the GT-R in its purest form, with Nissan organizing events with professional instruction.
And finally, there’s the new Egoist model that will offer improved luxury and customization with owners able to select from 20 interior choices with all the interior components being hand-stitched by the experts at Seton Company, Inc. in Germany. The steering wheel will feature a special GT-R emblem made by Mr. Sakae Kubota, a Japanese lacquer expert, while a Bose audio system will be tuned to the ears of each owner. Outside, the Egoist model will get a carbon rear spoiler and titanium exhaust system (from the SpecV model), while special Blue Sword Chrome Rays wheels finish off the package.
GALLERY: 2011 Nissan GT-R
GALLERY: 2011 Nissan GT-R Egoist
Official release after the jump:
For a mid-cycle update there sure has been quite a lot of hype surrounding the 2012 Nissan GT-R. First came news of new bodywork and suspension tweaks, then came reports of a rear-wheel drive mode. But amidst all these unconfirmed reports, there was no news of a bump in power for the Japanese exotic. Until now.
According to the latest “leaked” info from GTRBlog, the 2012 GT-R could get as much as 530-hp – a significant jump over the current 480-hp number.
Is more power needed? Certainly not. But Nissan is likely looking to take back the production car Nürburgring record. Currently Nissan sits fourth in the standings having been passed by the Corvette, Viper ACR and most recently by the Porsche GT2 RS.
In addition to this news, GTRBlog is also reporting that the more comfort-oriented SpecM edition GT-R will go on sale in Japan under the name “Egoist.”
We’ll be sure to keep you updated, while we try and keep up with the rumors.
Several photos and a smattering of details about the 2012 Nissan GT-R have leaked online, with the latest selection of details about the mild updates to the 2012 model coming to us via GT-RBlog.
Most noticeable on the 2012 GT-R is a modified front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights. In total, the sleeker bodywork results in a coefficient of drag (Cd) that drops from 0.272 to 0.268. At the same time, downforce has also been improved by 10 percent thanks to a new rear diffuser.
But the best upgrade is easily the new set of Rays wheels, which cut a total of 26.4 lbs of weight from the car where it’s most important. Reportedly the new rollers will be offered in both a Hyper Blue Black finish and Hyper Titanium.
Two new paint colors will also be offered, with a stunning Aurora Flare Blue Pearl, as well as another color known as Nebula Opal Black.
A slight price hike is also included for 2012, with an extra 80,000 yen bringing the 2012 GT-R’s sticker price to 8,694,000 yen in Japan. U.S. pricing is not yet known.