There's no question that Nissan has done some radically impressive things with its GT-R, proving beyond the shred of a doubt that Japan's mainstream automakers can stick it to Europe's elite. But you don't get to where Nissan has gotten with the GT-R by sitting back and letting it grow old. Yokohama's finest spend day and night keeping Godzilla razor-sharp and ready for action. And to that end, they've launched a series of improvements for the latest model.

To say that the updated GT-R represents any sort of major step forward would be a gross exaggeration, but it does pack some new features. Among them are a retuned version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that now delivers more power – 542 horsepower instead of 523 – while returning higher efficiency and lower emissions. A recalibrated shift action, new differential lubricants, an even tauter frame, available carbon-ceramic brakes and an available "track pack" for hot-lap enthusiasts are also part of the improvements. Right-hand-drive models get an assymetrical suspension setup to compensate for the weight of the driver and steering column, there's a new Bose sound system and a rearview camera now comes as standard.

The improvements are said to shave an astonishing eight to ten seconds off the GT-R's already impressive Nürburgring lap time and drop the 0-60 time to as little as 2.7 seconds. Now that's what we call progress. Click past the jump for the official video and press release.

Currently, the new model is being rolled out in Japan and Europe – set to debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show – but it's probably only a matter of time until we get the improvements Stateside as well, where we expect it will debut soon as the 2013 model. So stay tuned. In the meantime, you can check out the huge batch of fresh high-resolution images and follow the jump for the video clip and Euro-spec press release.

Show full PR text
Nissan Releases the 2012 Model Year Nissan GT-R

YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 7, 2011) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the 2012 model year Nissan GT-R. The new model goes on sale November 24 in Japan and arrives in European showrooms in January 2012.

At a glance
- More power (550PS), improved economy and lower emissions
- Unique asymmetric suspension settings on RHD cars
- Enhanced transmission shift feel
- Special race tuned oils used in differential
- Body strengthened for even greater handling finesse
- Ceramic brakes option according to model
- New Bose® Precision Sound System woofers
- Rear view camera now standard
- New version 'For TRACK PACK' enhances GT-R's pure performance (RHD only)

Significant improvements to the engine, chassis and transmission, plus a new lightweight "For TRACK PACK" version (currently available in some market such as Japan, UK), which accentuates the pure performance potential of the GT-R are the key changes to Nissan's flagship model for the 2012 model year.

When it was launched, the iconic GT-R created a new type of super car. Performance and handling were exceptional, of course, but more importantly the car's potential was accessible to all drivers under all conditions. It was greeted with universal praise but Nissan's policy of constant development means the GT-R continues to evolve.

The latest version, which is due on sale in Europe in January 2012, is the most efficient yet. It offers even greater performance but this is allied to improved economy and lower emissions to provide further excitement to drivers and passengers.

As well as more power, the 2012 MY GT-R has a newly developed asymmetric suspension which compensates for greater weight on the driver's side in RHD models, enhanced transmission 'feel' and a stronger body for extra rigidity and ever better handling.

There's also the arrival of a new "For TRACK PACK" version (currently available in some markets such as Japan, UK) which inherits the DNA of the Spec_V model and turns the GT-R into a light-weight two seater for the ultimate in trackday performance.

2012 MY Nissan GT-R Overview

1. Mechanical Features

By improving the GT-R's engine efficiency, its fuel economy has been decreased from 12L. to 11.8L/100 Kms, while engine output rises significantly from 390kW to 404kW (550PS) from /6,400rpm with maximum torque of from 612 to 632Nm(64.5kgfm) from 3,200 to 5,800 rpm.

Engine response and torque at mid- and low-speeds, and power at high revolutions, has been significantly improved, mainly due to:
- Improved intake efficiency
- Better air flow resistance, which has been reduced by the addition of an intake manifold fitted to the head of each unit and the use of resin in the enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler.
- Improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control.
- Reduced air flow resistance thanks to a more compact under floor catalyzer which improves emissions efficiency and reduces weight.
- Improved exhaust valve cooling performance by the adoption of a newly-designed metallic sodium-filled valve. At the same time, valve control timing, the air mixture ratio and ignition timing have been improved.

Shift feels and quietness has been refined thanks to a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. A special differential oil R35 COMPETITION Type 2189E (75W140), which was developed for competition is now used in every version of GT-R.

As well as greater power and torque, the reinforcing of certain areas around the rear part of the engine compartment and dash panel deliver more responsive handling while a greater sense of the vehicle's grip on the road is transmitted to the driver.

At the same time, more precise production methods, accompanied by advancements made in the vehicle body, have improved the inter-vehicle detection capability. This was achieved by changes in the positioning of the sensor and more rigid, highly-damped vehicle body, and by adding a more accurate acceleration sensor in areas with higher sensitivity in the vibration testing of each vehicle body.

Suspension and brakes
Accounting for the added weight of the driver in a right-hand drive vehicle coupled to the fact that the propeller shaft for front wheels is located on the right side of the vehicle; the GT-R's suspension in RHD versions has been set asymmetrically. For the front suspension, there's a harder spring rate on the left side while at the rear the suspension arm has been installed upwards on the left side and downwards on the right. This means an imbalanced wheel load when the car is stationary, but which is equalized during driving, providing improved responsiveness, smoothness and steering feel, as well as enhanced cornering stability and riding comfort (for RHD only).

NCCB (Nissan Carbon Ceramic Brakes) are available as a factory-installed option for the GT-R Premium Edition and EGOIST grade. These brakes accentuate the car's agile road hold and supple ride feel thanks to a dramatically-reduced spring weight and refined, sharp braking performance unique to carbon ceramics. (In addition, service parts prices for the rotors and pads have been reduced.)

2. Interior
The quality feel of the instruments placed in front of the driver have been enhanced by the addition of blue lighting inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light giving a more sophisticated atmosphere in the cockpit.

Rear View Camera device will be standard on all models.

The Bose® sound system woofers, have been changed to Bose® Precision Sound System woofers that were developed for the EGOIST grade to further enhance sound quality.

3. "For TRACK PACK" (currently available in some markets such as Japan, UK)
"For TRACK PACK" (currently available in some markets such as Japan, UK) is a new version in the GT-R line up, designed for customers who want to enjoy a more visceral driving experience in their Nissan GT-R.

Jointly developed with NordRing Company in Japan, it features revised suspension settings, extra brake cooling (front and rear), and aluminum-alloy wheels from Spec-V made by Rays (with black quartz chrome color coating). The front spoiler with carbon air duct has been exclusively made for this edition and is installed as a set.

To reduce the car's weight, this edition is a two-seat configuration with quilted fabric mats in place of the rear seats. The front seats are covered with leather and high-grip fabric, newly developed for the "For TRACK PACK" version and which firmly holds the driver in place during even the most spirited of trackday action (RHD only).

With the latest 2012MY version, the legend that is the Nissan GT-R continues to evolve.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it harder and harder to defend any car against this beast. My heart says I would buy a ZR1 if I had the money, but my brain is telling me there's no way. For it to do so much with seemingly so little (horsepower wise compared to its competition) is just mine boggling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The real issue is who can live with this much beast everyday? I've driven an E63 AMG and it just spins the rear tires (until the nanny stops the fun) on every launch; you have to be aware all the time which just takes the enjoyment out of driving everyday. Not to mention tire and rear brake pad/rotor cost. I like the GTR and all-wheel drive, but then there's just the look of the not so much.
          • 3 Years Ago
          If you don't like the looks then that's one thing, but comparing it to a rwd car that can't quite get the power down is pointless.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Wtf how bad is your throttle manipulation that you have to worry about creating wheelspin in an E63 while driving normally? There's nothing difficult about driving modern high-po cars these days. I've logged a few thousand miles in a C63 and it's no more difficult to drive than a Civic.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Mercedes is about discrete performance. Its not a corvette or mustang.
      • 3 Years Ago
      idk, I must be in the minority but I think the GTR looks like a beast. I'd easily take one in a heart beat and not have to think twice about it if I could afford one, and I am a row your own kinda guy. /shrug
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember when this car was more affordable. What are these minor improvements going to boost the price to now? I mean, they used to charge $600-900 for the backup camera option alone. The R35 started in the 70s, and now the newest will probably cost around $100,000. The styling is fine, though they need some better colors, as the new blue is gorgeous, and black/white are staples, but everything else is boring. I never would do this at other times, but if I were to buy this car, I'd buy one used at this point.
      Andre Lavoie
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car just keeps getting better and better.
      Xavier Sigala
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still love the Gran Turismo style dash display.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure of driving a 2009 model a couple months back, on a track no less, and it was mind blowingly fast. I can't even begin to imagine it being any faster.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the next gen GT-R return to being part of model range, as apposed to being a stand-alone model. Though this is unlikely, it would be nice to have the option of a lighter RWD Nissan [Skyline] GT-S based upon the chassis of the GT-R.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seein these guys talk about the GTR and stuff... reminds me I need a better job -.-
      • 3 Years Ago
      one of the most amazing cars I ever driven, can't imagine it faster!
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.7 0 to 60 seconds is unbelievable, and I though 2.9 was fast as hell since many of the exotic cars today have trouble reaching that criteria.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish that Santa Claus could put a 2013 Nissan GT-R under my Christmas tree... Makes me wish that I was a kid again and could ask for that special dream toy again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The GT-R look is different n Unique , I personality love it , it look like nothing else which is good for a japanese car n this pure mean machine n nothing euro but just raw japanese at work "picture dont give this car justice , in flesh its a different story " performance wise its just a blazing hotness , 2.7 sec 0-60! the league of under 3sec mostly cost 2 to 10+ time more , they are currently leading in dollar per performance, I wish i could get one of those... Gonna work harder n hopefully become a rapper or something lol "we all want more the one ride " , by the way I like the new porsche 911 , i didnt see it in flesh so i cant love it yet , My only wish for Nissan is that they are working on a 7 or 8 Speed manual , this would be rocking for d enthusiasm
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        I up voted you even though your comment makes no sense whatsoever and I don't know what I just read. An English teacher would probably have a heart attack reading such grammatical and structural failings.
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          But an A for effort. I sense this guy has actual thoughts, not implanted ones either. Just a little trouble with delivery. "Just raw japanese at work" indeed! ...more than one ride? "Blazing hotness" is my new band name. Great post!
    • Load More Comments
    2016 Nissan GT-R
    MSRP: $101,770 - $149,990
    2015 Nissan GT-R
    MSRP: $101,770 - $149,990
    2014 Nissan GT-R
    MSRP: $99,590 - $115,710
    2013 Nissan GT-R
    MSRP: $96,820 - $106,320
    2012 Nissan GT-R
    MSRP: $89,950 - $95,100