2014 Nissan GT-R Shows Off Improvements Under LA Auto Show Lights

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Sitting quietly in the Nissan booth at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is its 2014 model year GT-R, showing off its tweaked engine, chassis, and suspension.

Updated for the new model year, the GT-R still packs 545 hp at its peak, but the Japanese automaker has improved its mid-ranged and high-rpm responsiveness with new, high-output fuel injectors. In addition, a new release valve for the turbo bypass has been outfitted onto the powerplant along with a new oil pan baffle to help reduce rotational friction and give the GT-R more stable oil pressure.

As for the handling, Nissan managed to find ways to improve the GT-R with improved chassis rigidity thanks to new reinforcements to the dash panel bar and instrument panel bar. The suspension has also been tweaked with new spring and shock settings, while a new front sway bar and camber bolts fine-tune the entire package. The result is a GT-R that not only features more responsive handling but offers a more comfortable ride.

For improved reliability over time, Nissan has improved the strength where the driveshafts meets the hub bearings. All of these improvements are a resulted from continued testing on the track, including at this year’s 24 Hour of Nurburgring race.

The Japanese automaker confirmed that the 2014 Nissan GT-R will hit North American dealerships later next year.

GALLERY: 2014 Nissan GT-R

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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