• Jan 20, 2011
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The GT-R obessives at NAGTROC managed to secure a copy of the 2012 Nissan GT-R owner's manual and discovered that Nissan has reinstated the formerly verboten Launch Control feature for the 2012 model. But this time it's called something different.

The new name is R Mode Start Function and the screen cap on the right lists off what you need to do to click of 0-60 mph runs in the low three-second range – or even the high twos, according to some preliminary reports.

After several reports of transmissions and half-shafts grenading themselves soon after the GT-R hit U.S. shores, Nissan removed the L.C. feature for the 2011 model year. This revised system seems to do the exact same thing, although the 4,000 rpm rev-limit is significantly higher than the last version and the ECU limits the start function to four consecutive runs before its disabled to protect the GT-R's twin clutches and the rest of the transmission's oily bits.



[Sources: NAGTROC (PDF warning) via 2009 GTR]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't understand how this car creates the thrust it does. With more weight and less horsepower than a lot of supercars it puts up 0-60 times that make them look like pansies. Is it all in the AWD? It just seems to be breaking the laws of physics.
        • 3 Years Ago
        its a GTR thing...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gee, instead of making people count down "one mississippi, two mississippi...", how about putting a countdown timer, or three lights, on the tach?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You dont hold it for 3 seconds and then go, you hold the gas and within 3 seconds launch. It wont hold the revs at 4000rpms for extended time. Might be a bit hard to master at the track.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MechE

        "Might be a bit hard to master at the track."

        If you screw up the first time you got 3 more tries...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oye...
      • 3 Years Ago
      jsut give me the car
      i care less that I did not make 60 in 2.9sec
      3.5sec is plenty fast
      • 3 Years Ago
      What happens after you do it 4 times? Do you have to get the car serviced?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure they just don't want you to overheat the tranny. Someone doing that in any car back to back to back to back is asking for trouble.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Spot on Murray. BMW had a similar function in the E90 M5/M6. After using launch control the on-board computer would not let you do the same thing for 15 mins to allow the transmission to cool down.
        • 3 Years Ago
        After #4 it just won't let you launch, but you can still drive the car. Automatic 'cool-down' period.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I want to love this car, I just don't feel it. Between the lackluster interior, lame launch control and boooring transmission, I don't see myself in line to drive one. Like the majority of you guys, I'm just not that interested in letting this monster have all the fun while I sit in the seat and watch everyone fade away behind me. 6MT or nothing (...ok even a 5MT) for me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe Nissan hired the same software engineer who did Asteroids for Atari.

      So pressing launch control is like pressing hyperspace. Too many tries will blow up the ship.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget launch control, I need that EGOIST.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Step #7 - Blow the doors off of just about ANY of your rich friends' cars!!!

      Sweet...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can somebody explain to me why alignment on a GTR is bokoo bucks and on a lambo gallardo alomost anybody can do it with standard alignment tools????
        • 3 Years Ago
        You mean the wheel alignment? I think top gear talked about the G-Force being so strong that they had to do some crap to the wheel so the tire won't fall off the rims. Maybe that's the reason?

        Shrug. Any lucky bastard with a GT-R can shed some light?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had alignment done on mine. Cost nothing with the scheduled "free" performance optimization service.

        The car has two alignment specs: street and sports. The latter will give you better handling at the cost of a short tread life.

        The GT-R tech also has to mark the tire against the valve stem so that you can tell if the tire's been slipping on the rim (despite the knurls in the wheels), and get the wheel re-balanced if that does occur.

        So no bookoo bucks for an alignment if you go with the one offered as part of the free performance optimization service.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the 0-60 time for the 2012 GT-R 2.9 seconds *without* launch control? At least according to earlier Autoblog posts...? :S
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's fat, over 3800 pounds, but 500+ horsepower at under 4000 rpm makes it damn fast.
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