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We're beginning to hear the first rumblings about the next round of updates to the Nissan GT-R, and if the rumors are to be believed, Nissan's goal of keeping pace with the refreshed Porsche 911 Turbo (and its S sibling) will continue through the 2012 model year.

As with its German counterpart, the R35 is expected to undergo a host of evolutionary changes, including some reworked aero bits, suspension and brake upgrades, and a retuned 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that's likely to output over 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

The exterior updates will likely be limited to a new front splitter, rear diffuser and a revised wing, all in an effort to increase downforce and drop lap times. And about those lap times...

We've heard from our sources on the ground in Germany that the revised GT-R underwent a new round of testing at the Nurburgring last month and that the newly estimated lap times were (of course) below the original GT-R's 7:26 run. How low? We're hoping to find out when it arrives early next year.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      And what was once priced at $69k, I assume will get pumped into the $90k range to start?
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah but they still have plenty of leeway though their competitors go for over double what this cost. if i had money i wouldn't mind paying $100K for it especially since i know it'll be even better then the already impressive R35
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ill take any current gen 911 over this car, I dont give a crap if this goes faster around the ring. Fact it is highly unlikely for me to ship my car to the ring and then race a GTR. Second fact Turbo S, GT2, GT2 RS will crush the GTR in a straight line race any day of the week. This is a much more applicable race to something Id do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the gt2, gt2 rs, turbo s, and gt3 rs will also kick its ass on a track any day (not to mention also make you feel like you're actually DRIVING the car, not playing gran turismo)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't they fix that Renault snout? Ugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't when they bring in the next generation GTR with a Hybrid system that will add an extra 200 pound feet of torque and bumping hp to 600 all along getting about 25 mpgs. Electric motors can do amazing things and they will only up the bar when it comes to super cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so I guess this means it's really going to be something like 550hp? Every dyno result I've seen for the old GT-Rs show about 410hp at the wheels. Factor in the drive-train loss for the AWD system and weight, and it's at LEAST 500 at the crank already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is everyone talking about those other slow cars and not once mentioning the real beast

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/09/05/video-dodge-viper-acrs-record-ring-lap-two-views/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the recently released GT2 RS spanks both these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool... It's fast..... But I want something a 12 year old girl can't drive
      • 4 Years Ago
      pure engeneering :) ...for me if Ihad that money I`ll buy this before a ferrari or a lambo couse I want to drive my car and not to be at service once per month...and of course smoke some american cars...some twin turbo beatle well knon as porsche XD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's great news, but I think that they should get rid of some of its weight. Anyways, if it does put over 500hp it will be one track monster. I just wish that Nissan would put at least a little amount of its effort into an entry level car, like the 240Z was.
      • 4 Years Ago
      still ugly!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not the point!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ emptor, you're right.

        When people were zipping around in an Enzo, I guarantee you everyone wanted to have a stick in that car :)

        There is a reason the GT-R has a dual-clutch box, and it is purely speed and how fast you can get the car going. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad that Nissan makes small improvements on a regular basis, as opposed to waiting 3 to 4 years to do a mid cycle refresh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope Honda decides to bring something new and sporty to the table sometime soon. If not, I can always keep my fingers crossed for a Fit Si and/or CR-Z Si.
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