One of the most integral pieces of the Nissan GT-R legacy is the Japanese automaker's commitment to improving the car every single year, rather than waiting for a mid-cycle refresh. While an accountant at Nissan may favor the latter method, it is quite apparent that the GT-R's development team is more focused on the pursuit of performance perfection. While we have brought you some details on the mechanical updates to the GT-R, a recent video featuring lead engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno explains the motivating factors behind the changes.

The GT-R engineering boss explained that his team comes to Germany twice a year to test on the Nurburgring, as well as the Autobahn. It comes as no surprise that the team would be working on things like performance driving and the stresses that are put on the car, but what is surprising is the aim of comfort. According to Mizuno, "This year we are offering a version with a fashionable interior called 'Amber Red.' This is intended to increase our customer base of women or slightly older drivers."

Another goal of this year's testing was safety in the context of performance. The questions that Mizuno asked his team included, "How do we design a car to endure a flat tire at 200 kph (124 mph) that can make it to a repair shop?" and "How do we activate the VDC (vehicle dynamics control) at 250 kph (155 mph)?" So while the GT-R has been widely considered a "daily-drivable supercar" it appears that Nissan is committed to making it even more comfortable, as well as safer in performance driving situations. Scroll down below to watch the video.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      The GT-R is so relatively low key compared to other sports cars...I love it. It doesn't have to be flashy and exotic, although styling does matter.... if it kicks major ass, then that's what ultimately matters. Now imagine an Alpha 12 GT-R....1000+hp anyone?
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        reliability anyone?
          KY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          Apparently not a concern. There's a bunch of 1000+hp GTR out there and about half of dozen of shops selling 1000+hp kit.
      iKingston
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice the difference between the driver and passenger seats?
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      At the end of the day, it's still a Nissan. I drove a GT-R a few days ago. Impressive car. Good power, grips the road really well, plenty of info on the driver's display, but. . . Still those crappy Nissan seats and still that crappy Igloo-cooler dash.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        So you were expecting them to sell this as an Infiniti? That would require pricing it at the Audi R8 levels.. lost its charm straightaway as a supercar from a common car maker!
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        i seroiusly doubt you "test-drove" a gtr the other day my friend?!,..i mean really?,...nobody gets to test drive a new nissan gtr,..that's been part of this cars dismal sales volume for the like? what? 6 years it's been produced,..they've never gotten the whole upscale marketing stategy neccessary to sell this car,..and a "no-test drive policy" is a definate no-no in this market,..only a bonified fool is gonna buy a car with out a test drive,..even porsche will let you test drive their up-market cars,..with proper vetting,..[liscence,..insurance info,..etc.],..so,.i don't buy that you test drove this car,...go to www.nagtoc.com,..and hear the tales of gtr lovers trying to get to test drive this thing,..and these are folks who actually LIKE the thing,...we tried back in '09,..and we drove up in a 08 911 carrera s,..they still said no-way,..we said,..okay,..NO-SALE!,...and now, in retrospect,..very glad we never bought one,..i'm too much a manual tranny guy anyways,..but,...that's been a big part of this cars problem with sales...at least it would seem to be logically...
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're so obsessed with the Nürburgring (Manufacturer) lap times. The lap times are getting overrated now; their driver probably memorized the track way better than anyone else on the planet. I'll just view Motor Trend's Laguna laps and C&D's VIR laps to see where the GT-R really stacks (still up there, but at least it's a fair comparo)
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      While the stock iterations are impressive, and it remains on top of the supercar pile from a performance standpoint, what's even more impressive is how much remains on the table (I.e how well it responds to modification). In the 'run what ya brung' time attack series', the GT-R is fast becoming the car of choice. Nothing else can put 600, 700, 800hp to the road like a GT-R. I know a lot of people like to say 'well when you start talking modified vehicles, all bets are off'. But that doesn't seem to be true anymore. Your best bet in a 'anything vs modded GT-R' contest for Time Attack is the GT-R. It's racking up more lap records in times events than basically everything else street legal combined.
        Bernard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mitytitywhitey
        I can think of two cars that put down power better. One has a raging bull ornament on the hood, and the other has 16 cylinders.
          Sukairain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bernard
          Neither of which are trackable vehicles. GT-R is the weapon of choice for track days. Power mods are very cheap and reliable, issue comes with transmission cooling and engine cooling. Essentially with less than $10k in mods the GT-R becomes almost untouchable on the track. Similar money will yield blue tooth, a sound system, and 'upgraded leather' in a Porsche.
      johnculter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why you guys in US mark the car as 2014, when it is clearly for 2013? :))) it's really weird. When the car is released at the end of 2012, specified for 2013, the rest of the world calls it 2013 model, right? :))
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnculter
        It depends. Automakers tend to produce cars with their 'Model Years' (MY) to be a year or two ahead of time. This is usually done because of the red tape and other bureaucratic work they face. This also gives them time to milk their money's worth from the previous generation model and turn a profit on its development and other costs.
      isshinryumaster
      • 2 Years Ago
      When Nissan does these incremental changes do they make them available to previous owners as add on packages when possible? Im all for keeping a car new but its cool if they make it available to people who buy earlier as well. McLaren did that awhile back with their incremental upgrades (although thats a completely different price range).
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      too bad they never give it the styling it deserves. i guess they just want to fly(and it does)under the radar. nissan's best kept secret but the question is why?
      Sabrin Islam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I for some reason read semi-annual as semi-manual?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      evolutionary technical changes, and a wholesale design change to the exterior and interior should be enough.
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