• Aug 24, 2010
2012 Nissan GT-R – Click above for image gallery

The thing about a halo car is that it needs that pretty little halo buffed and shined every single year to be sure the machine is kept at the forefront of consumers' minds. Nissan has been doing a pretty good job with its GT-R over the last few years in this regard, bumping power here and adding new techno-goodies there – all in an effort to give its giant slayer the tools to continue properly slaying.

That trend looks to continue for the 2012 model year, as the hive mind from GTRBlog.com has managed to score enough information on the upcoming machine to put together a nice little preview. Starting with the exterior, the next GT-R will get a revised front fascia complete with new (and sure to be controversial) LED driving lights frenched into new canards at either corner of the front bumper, lowering the car's coefficient of drag from 0.272 to 0.268.

There's also a new rear diffuser that adds 10 percent more downforce at the business end and a set of forged wheels from Rays cut 6.6 pounds of unsprung weight at each corner for a total loss of over 26 pounds. Impressive. There are reportedly two new colors for both the wheels – Hyper Blue Black and Hyper Titanium – and for the car – Aurora Flare Blue Pearl and Nebula Opal Black.

Expect price increases for both the base model, which will now be known as the Pure Edition, and the Premium Edition. Naturally, we're also told to expect some additional horsepower. We'll keep our eyes and ears peeled for more.



[Source: GTRBlog.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The new blue looks great; much better than the usual gray, silvers and black typical of Nissan. A month ago I was at a major tuner shop who specializes in GT-R's and there was one there painted Lamborghini orange with black OE wheels. It looked great!

      C'mon, Nissan: be bold and use outrageous colors! Every day at work I stare at a GT-R painted Quest gray, it does nothing for excitement or flattery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This. A car like this deserves to be looked at, it deserves to scream "pay attention HERE" - unlike the ricermobiles that can't outrun an econobox.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. All I've ever wanted to see is a GT-R, be it mine or somebody else's, in yellow with those dark rims. It would be SO gorgeous. There's just one thing about this car that I can't get over, though: the front end is ugly. I guess it looks a little better now that they've updated it, but it's a little disappointing that the car is so beautiful from the rear and side, then you see the front and it's just "meh".
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car was ahead of me in the traffic few weeks ago. Even in stop and go traffic it has this loud, almost scary exhaust note. Really cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to change that front end design. It looks dated and doesn't have the look of a supercar.

      The best angle of this car is the rear with the wide muscular stance and those huge exhaust tips.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pictures dont do justice for this car. it looks WAY better in person
        • 4 Years Ago
        My bet is Orange County
        • 4 Years Ago
        having seen too many (no, there can never be too many) of these in person thanks to kids who want to match their friends' M6es and 911 Turbos where I live, yeah, I can agree.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's hella-big in person, never expected that, but yeah, it looks awesome indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This new blue has alot more class. The bayside blue while classic doesn't cut it with the GTR now IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      when this car its going to stop evolving? its just amazing how engeneers work in this car and whit small changes can make it so great from factory :)

      ...anyway Im still waiting Nismo and Mines version :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am loving those new wheels, A+
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh and FINALLY Nissan has released a proper GTR in BLUE, classic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      0-60 in 1 second already !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awww... They've ruined the front grille :(

      Looks like Porsche is the only company that can gradually evolve its products in a subltle yet sophisticated manner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean like 911 -> Cayenne?

        Pre-Bangle, BMW did a far better job of slowly updating their cars from one to another, in the tiniest possible steps imaginable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will there be Bayside Blue?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Expect power to be increased to around 500HP-520HP. Theres also more updates that are not listed here yet...more information should be coming soon...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Any chance of a REAR CAMERA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the blue is fantastic. I have seen a GTR in about each color available and liked the silver and black. I still prefer the previous iteration of the GTR even though not officially sold here. It is not like I could afford one anyway!
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