By the Numbers: How the Nissan GT-R Has Changed

2012 Nissan GT-R

When the 2012 model year GT-R arrived, it was the first time the model received “significant” changes with a new look, new colors, new wheel design and a boost in performance. The same 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplant was massaged to churn out 530 hp now instead of 485 hp and its torque was increased 10 lb-ft to 448 lb-ft. In addition, its aerodynamics were slightly improved with downforce increased by about 10 percent resulting in its coefficient of drag reducing from 0.27 to 0.26.

Despite the increase in performance, the 2012 Nissan GT-R was actually more fuel efficient getting 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, versus the previous 15-mpg city, 21-mpg highway ratings. The front end received DRLs along with an enlarged opening that helped reduce air resistance inside the engine compartment. The result was an increased volume of air that passed through the radiator as well as that which cooled the front brakes.

Rays once again contributed the wheels on the 2012 GT-R, but this time around they were lighter and more rigid, while the automaker added the new Black Edition to the lineup. Making it unique, the GT-R Black Edition featured special metallic black six-spoke Rays wheels, custom red and black Recaro leather seats, red and black interior trim and a dark headliner.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium was priced from $90,950 while the Nissan GT-R Black Edition had a starting price tag of $96,100.

2012 Nissan GT-R

Horsepower: 530 hp (10.42% increase vs 2009, 9.28% increase year-over-year)

Torque: 448 lb-ft (4.19% increase vs 2009, 3.23% increase year-over-year)

Price: $90,950 (28.37% increase vs 2009, 6.92% increase year-over-year)