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Nissan GT-R (Japan, 2009-present)

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2012 Updates

For 2012, Nissan has boosted power from the engine and strengthened the transmission. The body has been reinforced, there is a stronger transmission and carbon ceramic brakes became optional. For an even more extreme car, Nissan is offering a track pack that firms things up even more and ditches the rear seats.

Engine and transmission updates

The 2012 Nissan GT-R got its power boosted to 550PS (404kW), up from 530PS (390kW), and torque is at 632Nm, up from 612Nm. To get these improvements, Nissan improved the intake efficiency to get more air into the engine and tweaked the exhaust to get air out better. The engine's valves are sodium filled to improve cooling and time has been tweaked.

The shift fork arm and flywheel bearing in the transmission have been strengthened, and a competition spec differential oil comes standard on all GT-R models now.

The rear of the engine compartment and dash panel have be reinforced. Nissan says that this will deliver more responsive handling and allow the driver to better understand grip levels through the steering wheel.

To reduce sprung weight and improve hard braking performance, Nissan is offering optional carbon ceramic brakes on the Premium Edition and Egoist trims.

Interior changes

Nissan has also made some changes to the interior of the GT-R for 2012. The rear view camera is now standard on all models, and the tachometer gets blue lighting to match the shift position indicator lighting.

Track Pack

Nissan is offering a Track Pack for the GT-R that removes the rear seats and adds revised suspension settings, extra brake cooling front and rear, aluminum-alloy wheels made by Rays and a carbon fiber air duct in the front spoiler.

The 2012 GT-R goes on sale in November, 2011, in Europe with deliveries starting in January of 2012.

All of these model changes are first limited to the Japanese- and European-spec GT-R, but the US-model is expected to get these changes too.



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Review

The second generation Nissan GT-R offers, alongside the standard GT-R model, three other versions: the GT-R Black and GT-R Premium editions plus the more exclusive GT-R SpecV model.

The Nissan GT-R was first introduced in Japan in December 2007 and has since continuously undergone a number of improvements and an overall permanent evolution. While retaining its advanced, multifaceted type of performance throughout the years, the GT-R has been internationally awarded several times, having summed up over 50 top award titles in different categories.

Nissan’s latest GT-R model received quite a few updates and improvements, especially in terms of navigation, suspension, cooling performance and catalyst system. More importantly among these features, a number of entertainment functions were added to the GT-R’s navigation panel, while the car’s suspension underwent some demanding enhancements and recalibrations.



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