• Nov 13, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan GT-R (U.S.-spec)

The Nissan GT-R will benefit from a few engineering and cosmetic tweaks for the 2009 model year in Japan, beginning with a slight bump in performance that brings output up from 480 to 485 PS (just under five hp). Other modifications include a larger fuel tank – expanded from 71 liters to 73.8 liters – a slight increase in fuel economy (about .3 km/l), "Nissan" replacing "Brembo" on the brake calipers, a new mounting location for the front license plate and a new paint code for Storm White (changed fro QX1 to QAB).

Pricing will also increase by another 5% in 2009 and it's expected that most of these changes will be adopted on U.S.-spec vehicles when the "Series II" production run begins next year.


[Source: GTRBlog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      So I dont get it, "Nissan" is replacing "Brembo" on the brake calipers...so does that mean Nissan makes better brakes than Brembo?

      Cause if they are going to do this for the GT-R, what about the other Nissan's that have Brembo packages?

      Will it all trickle down in the 09/10' models?

      Alot of questions, not enough answers haha
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like it's still a Brembo brake package, they just changed the logo on the caliper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you read it wrong...

        They're putting a "Nissan" sticker on the Brembo calipers in place of the "Brembo" sticker.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really a lot of questions to be honest.

        I don't think a lot of people realize how difficult the birth and conception of Nissan's Supercar was. After just bringing the company into profit from monumental debt, Carlos Ghosn mandated a 911turbo benchmark and the revival of Nissan's most iconic brand ever. 5 long years and yet, the final design was confirmed just months before its completion. Countless hours of testing in the wind tunnel and on the 'ring, and a host of many many more problems that are hidden from press releases. It was a similar story as the Veyron, only with much, much more strict budget constraints. Yet, you see nothing but the very best, brakes by brembo, bilstein shocks, a body that slices through the wind in a way that puts $300k supercars to shame, the world's first independant rear-mounted transaxle and frankly, a truely awesome hand-built engine with two IHI turbos.

        The brakes are still bermbos, Nissan feels it fit to have their own name on their halo car, what's wrong with that?
        You're probably going to argue that they could've done this from the beginning, and that's true, but they're honing and refining their product now and i don't see anything wrong with it.

        Nissan is no Porsche, it doesn't make as much money, the difference in prestiege of the two brands is immense, but they're trying to get there.
        Support the underdog.


        PS: I was tempted to reply to all the "glass tranny" comments, but then decided not to comment on non-existant issues.
          • 6 Years Ago
          @Amien
          The corvette has had an independant rear-mounted transaxle since the C5. Perhaps you mean the first independant rear-mounted double clutch transaxle
      • 6 Years Ago
      At first glance, I thought the picture was of a Chevy Cobalt. Ouch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least GM uses real hp figures for their supercar and not a bunch of paper figures. Let us not forget the fiasco of the '99 Cobras and Ford having to eat a bunch of profit replacing intakes for a large part of them. Until there is a three pedal transmission the GT-R will be nothing more than a fast car that you can't drive fast without worrying about the eggshell tranny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      485PS ~ 480bhp

      It's not a "bump" in power, it's harmonization of what's being printed on the spec sheet on both sides of the Atlantic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did they fix the transmission? Hopefully it doesn't shatter like glass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or put a damn limiter on the number of times it can be used!!! Simple as that.

        I mean, how stupid is saying: oh, our car has a wonderful feature that allows for faster takeoffs, but, you can't use it. We put it there for magazine testing purposes only.
      • 6 Years Ago
      very ferrarish.

      I realize that Japanese cars are always carbon copy of Europe cars at all.

      at least, american cars are more unique than Japanese car.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm all for 5 more hp..especially with better milage figures.


      BUT I would like to see/know what manufacturers do to get this 5more hp.

      I'm tired of the "revised timing/tuning", or the "intake flow" etc.

      Show me what makes the difference.. Show us DYNOS.. Why don't manufacturers show us DYNOS?

      Is it that hard? Everycar manufacturer has to have at least 10-12 DYNOS. And AIR/FUEL Charges to see what differences they made..

      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they don't void their warranty with those tweaks.

      Sorry. I really am a GT-R fan, I just like causing trouble.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder when they are going to just start shipping spare transmissions in the trunk of the car.....

      • 6 Years Ago
      I am so sick of this car.....

      So it's fast...... It's still a Nissan......

      Still doesn't outclass a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes....
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a dumb ass comment.

        So you are suggesting that a Mercedes / BMW / Porsche is better than a Nissan, PERIOD.

        Sorry, but I'd take a 350Z over a Z4 / Cayman any day, let alone a GT-R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Though that wouldn't look very good when the car magazines get identical results during their testing of an "improved" vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's what i meant, my bad :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Whoops, meant to reply to BigMcLargeHuge
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 5ps bump is what exactly in Nissan R35 GT-R speak? They tell you you're getting 485ps, but really it's like, a trillion...
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