The 2013 Nissan GT-R has officially bowed at the 2011 LA Auto Show. The latest interpretation of Japan's premier supercar may look the same, but it's the most powerful to date, with a full 15 additional horsepower over the 2012 model. That bumps the final figure up to 545 hp and 463 pound-feet of torque from the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6. The extra pep comes from a redesigned intake system, complete with larger intercooler ducting and reduced airflow resistance. Nissan says it has also taken the time to recalibrate the shift action on the vehicle's transmission and both differentials now use new lubricants.

Carbon ceramic brakes have also made their way to the option sheet for 2013, which is a good thing considering that Nissan claims the machine can hit 60 mph from a dead standstill in just 2.7 seconds. Two. Point. Seven.

Engineers have also managed to stiffen the chassis somewhat, and the whole package helps the vehicle lap Germany's Nürburgring a whopping 10 seconds quicker than the old model. The new GT-R is scheduled to whip into U.S. showrooms beginning this January, but you can check it out in our high-res gallery and in the official press release after the jump.
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2013 NISSAN GT-R GAINS 15 HORSEPOWER TO 545 HP TOTAL
– Nissan's Multi-Dimensional Supercar Receives Engine and Suspension Refinements for New Model Year; Set to Arrive at Select Certified Nissan Dealers Nationwide in January 2012 –

Since its introduction, the iconic Nissan GT-R has had one goal in mind – never rest on its laurels. One of the most acclaimed supercars in automotive history, the Nissan GT-R is the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand and its "Innovation for All" philosophy. A multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of "the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere," the Nissan GT-R receives a number of engine and suspension refinements for the 2013 model year, all designed to enhance its already legendary performance.

"The 2013 Nissan GT-R once again sends a bold statement that it remains on the leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "It's our desire to keep pushing the envelope, to never settle for second best or second place – a philosophy that makes Nissan GT-R one of the most coveted and affordable supercars in the world today."

The major refinements to GT-R's renowned engineering masterpiece of an engine include improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance including an enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler, and improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control. The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room, similar to racing powerplant construction. As a result, horsepower is rated at 545 hp, an increase of 15 hp over the 2012 GT-R's 530 hp. Similarly, torque has been increased to 463 lb-ft from 448 lb-ft.

Transmission shift feel and quietness have been refined through a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. Also, high performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is now standard for production models.

In addition, the suspension has been retuned and a handmade dry carbon rear spoiler has also been added to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition model. Other enhancements include the addition of a new blue lighting treatment inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light, helping provide a more sophisticated cockpit atmosphere. A RearView Monitor is now standard on all models.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is scheduled to go on sale at select certified Nissan dealers in January 2012.

About the 2013 Nissan GT-R

Following a major revision just last year, the 2013 Nissan GT-R is offered in two models – GT-R Premium and the GT-R Black Edition with special lightweight black aluminum forged RAYS® wheels, unique read and black interior, Recaro® leather-appointed seats and new dry carbon fiber rear spoiler. The 2013 Nissan GT-R is once again anchored by an advanced 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine matched with a high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine efficiency has been improved for the new model year, which helps raise horsepower to 545 hp (versus the previous 530 horsepower) and torque to 463 lb-ft (versus the previous 448 lb-ft). The engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room.

GT-R is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

Total vehicle adjustability is provided by a "set-up switch" located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or "R," for ultimate handling.

The Nissan GT-R suspension has been retuned for 2013. The vehicle again utilizes a special Bilstein DampTronic system, and the braking system consists of Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads and Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R's lightweight 10-spoke forged aluminum 20-inch RAYS® wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high quality, high-performance look. They are mounted with Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and P285/35ZRF20 in the rear. The Black Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® lightweight wheels with Dunlop Sports Max GT 600 DSST CTT tires – P255/40ZRF20 in front and P285/35ZRF20 in the rear.

Nissan GT-R's aerodynamics were improved last year with increased downforce and the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.26 (from 0.27). A new front fascia with aggressive double rectifier fins and integrated high intensity LED running lights was also added, enhancing the car's strong visual presence. Other exterior features include high-mounted LED stoplights, bright LED rear combination taillights, "super wide beam" headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade windshield wipers. Six exterior colors are available for 2013: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a 4-stage metallic Super Silver.

Inside, Nissan GT-R's four-passenger cabin again balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder, and carbon fiber trim. The Black Edition adds custom red and black Recaro® leather-appointed seats, red and black interior trim and a dark headliner.

A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which provides sound quality suitable for a supercar, is standard.

Additional standard equipment for 2013 includes a RearView Monitor, Nissan Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather™ capabilities (XM® subscription required, sold separately), and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

Safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver and front-passenger and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and tension reducers, and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R is sold and serviced through nearly 700 Nissan dealers that have attained "GT-R Certification" status by meeting a number of strict sales, service and facilities commitments – including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service, special training for service managers and technicians, and designating dealer principals, executive managers and general managers as the primary communicators and negotiators in sales transactions. The names and locations of local GT-R Certified Nissan dealers are available onNissanUSA.com.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.comand www.Infiniti.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010.

With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

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      ririarte
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally this car will be sold in proper "Skyline" Blue.
        FriskyDingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ririarte
        This color is nowhere near Bayside Blue that was on the R34 cars. But it's still sexy nonehtless. Imho, Skyline/GT-R = blue. No exceptions.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          Well, not exactly, only R34 was popularly recognized in blue, none of the previous GT-Rs were popular in blue. (unless you are talking about the Epic Calsonic R32 GT-R) Not that I am complaining, my Skyline is blue, but not the GT-R.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love absolutely everything about this car... Except the fact that I can't buy it.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.7 seconds to 60 is insane. It must feel like you are sitting in a sling shot when it launches.
      Chuggowitz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, this is about as good as it gets.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am a huge fan of blue cars, and this is almost perfect in my book. If I had the money this would be my daily driver, and I mean 20k miles per year kind of daily driver. Just an amazing car that is practical to boot.
      barkeep
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's definitely not the prettiest car out there, but it's definitely not the ugliest car either. I can only imagine the amount of grip this car has when it goes around corners, since it did broke Jeremy Clarkson's neck 3 years ago.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this car so much but I've never been able to shake the feeling that it's just not exotic-looking enough. I don't know. Such an amazing beast though. Imagine if they could lop a few hundred pounds off on top of it's 545hp... 8O That'd be nuts!
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Doesn't drive like an exotic car either, mellow exhaust (before you mod it), decent ride, nice leather interior, usable backseats, junk in the trunk. 2.7 second, the car is almost in a different league from the original car that was released back in 2009. What a difference 3 years make. Applaud Mizuno.
          illnever tell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          I don't know, Everytime I see one in person, I can't help but just stare for a long long time. Though this is after I read an article about the designer's thought process and intentions. I just always can't help but think that he succeeded in every way.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          But.... it still doesn't look all that exotic. Looks like a beefier, boxier 370z.
          Mike B
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          Nurburgring excuse once again, when you are testing and fine tuning a car for weeks nonestop it shouldn't surprise anyone that it gets amazing laptimes. If anyone else cared that much about Nurburgring laptimes the GT-R 's wouldn't have been newsworthy.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does it look exactly the same as it did in 2008? But 0-60 in 2.7. Holy Fuckin Hell. I think the GTR gets off the line even quicker than a Veyron SS. In Road and Track's 2 second club video, a 2012 GTR had the jump on the Veyron and was probably even or quicker 0-20. And had the equally impressive Turbo S for a second as well. This will lop 0.2 seconds off the 2012, which is like being rear ended by a 100mph dump truck. This would be like being rear ended by a bullet train.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow...this car is inching closer and closer to perfection! Too bad the price is probably going well past the six digit mark, makes the ZR1 look reasonable.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's it, I'm getting off my desk and driving down to LA right now.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.7, wow!!!!! and there is suppose to be a new one coming out soon too. Who needs any other car.
      msg
      • 3 Years Ago
      pefection
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