Nissan giveth, and Nissan taketh away. Although next year's Nissan GT-R will reportedly (maybe) lose launch control, it will get five more horsepower after a few electronics tweaks, going from 480 PS (473 hp) to 485 PS (478 hp), according to an official statement from Nissan UK. It will also be stickier thanks to the stock fitment of Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tires – the same troublesome rubber that earned the GT-R its 7:29 'Ring time and the continued public complaints of Porsche – and altered spring rate settings.
Aesthetically, the Premium Edition GT-R gets rims in Gun Metal Grey, and the Black Edition wears the same wheels in black. And in a development straight out of a marketing roundtable, Pearl White simply wasn't cutting it as an exterior color, so it's been replaced by a "deep" white called "Storm."
Of course, all of this will cost you more and you'll have to wait longer: the base GT-R jumps 3.8-percent in price up to £56,795, and you can tack on £1,300 more for a Premium Edition or £2,600 for the Black Edition. And then you can wait until 2010 for your car to arrive.
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UPDATED NISSAN GT-R FOR EUROPE
- Engine power increase – up to 485PS (+5PS)
- Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tyres confirmed as standard fit
- 'Storm White' (Pearl) replaces original pearl white exterior colour
- Gun Metal RAYS Alloy wheels now fitted to GT-R and Premium editions
- Black RAYS alloy wheels for Black Edition
- Price now increased for all new orders (from 8 December 2008)
The GT-R's hand-built 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine has gained 5PS thanks to some fine tuning of its electronics, taking power output to 485PS, while torque remains unchanged at 588Nm. Additionally, Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tyres will be fitted as standard. The tyre was developed specifically for the GT-R and it combines grip and durability, as demonstrated during its 'time-attack' lap of the Nurburgring, which yielded a time of 7 minutes 29 seconds. And, just to improve the ride performance even further a modification has been carried out to the suspension spring rate settings.
Another update sees the introduction of the Gun Metal grey coloured Rays seven-spoke alloy wheel design for the standard and Premium Edition GT-Rs, while the Black Edition will be fitted with the same design but, appropriately, in black. Additionally, customers can now choose a new pearl white called 'Storm' as an exterior colour – an eye-catching, deep white replacing the original pearl white which had a slightly darker shade.
For customers ordering now, the price of the GT-R will start from £56,795 on the road with an increase of £1300 for the Premium Edition (£58,095) and another £1300 for the Black Edition (£59,395). This represents an increase of 3.8 percent.
Deliveries of the GT-R will begin in April through a network of Nissan High Performance Centres, where customers will have contact with highly-trained staff who share their enthusiasm for the GT-R's unique blend of accessible performance, striking design and state-of-the-art technology.
To date, Nissan has taken in excess of 2500 customer orders in Europe with 1200 coming from the UK. Any new customer orders should expect delivery in mid 2010.