Nissan has released full details on the 2014 GT-R for the US market. For the next model year, the supercar will continue to offer buyers a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, though final output will stay at 545 horsepower. There is a jump in mid-range torque, however, courtesy of a new intake and optimized exhaust for an engine that breathes easier than before. Engineers claim to have made substantial revisions to the chassis to increase rigidity, and the 2014 GT-R now boasts revised high-rpm throttle response courtesy of a new set of fuel injectors.

The Nissan GT-R will keep its six-speed dual-clutch transmission for 2014, though the suspension has received a minor touch up to improve high-speed handling. Expect to find a new anti-roll bar up front as well as revised spring and damper rates on all four corners. Tires and brakes remain unchanged for the new model year.

Meanwhile, a new Premium Interior Package offers buyers a Red Amber semi-aniline leather seat package with hand stitching. The Black Edition will also hang around for 2014. Feel free to check out the full press release below for more information.
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2014 Nissan GT-R Reflects Dedication to Continuous Development of Legendary 545-HP Supercar

– Latest Version of Nissan's Innovative Sports Car Set for January 2013 U.S. Sales Debut, Features New Premium Interior Along With Engine and Chassis Refinements –

Track-tested development process includes class victory in Nurburgring 24-Hour race

Improved high rpm throttle response, lower center of gravity and reduced body flex lead dynamic performance enhancements

New, exclusive Premium Interior Package features Red Amber semi-aniline leather seating appointments

Emphasis on "Takumi" craftsmanship continues throughout


Considered by many to be the perfect "street-able" supercar at its launch, the team behind the creation of the Nissan GT-R has never slowed down. The relentless ongoing development of the GT-R has been driven by the fact that the GT-R competes in a rarified supercar segment against vehicles costing more than twice as much – and where bragging rights can be won or lost by mere fractions of a second. The new 2014 Nissan GT-R continues the tradition. Set to go on sale at select certified dealerships in the United States in January 2013, the latest iteration of the GT-R is another step forward in the effort to deliver passion and emotion to customers through "extreme development."

Much of that development has taken place on the world's most challenging racing circuits, including the famed Nurburgring where the GT-R set production car lap records in both 2008 and 2009. The most grueling of these ongoing track tests was staged in May 2012 with the entry of an essentially stock Nissan GT-R in the Nurburgring 24 Hour sports car endurance race, where it finished 1st in class and 30th overall. More than just a test of the GT-R's durability and reliability under the most extreme conditions, the around-the-clock race was also a development trial for key GT-R senior engineering staff members that were involved in every stage of the project from vehicle prep to pit stops to post-race teardown and analysis. The experience is expected to have a long-ranging impact on the growth of the GT-R and the core development team.

"With the entry into an actual 24-hour racing competition, GT-R's unique development process not only took an incredible step into a new dimension, it did so under the eyes of 100,000-plus spectators," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "The development of a super high performance vehicle demands testing your own limits as well as the vehicle's, which was the case at Nurburgring and will certainly pay off in our GT-R customers' enhanced driving enjoyment."

2014 Nissan GT-R: The Development Continues
Following a major change to GT-R's renowned engine for the 2013 model year – including improved intake efficiency, reduced airflow resistance, improved exhaust emissions efficiency and a 15-horsepower increase to 545 hp (along with a 15 lb-ft increase in torque to 463 lb-ft) – the development of the engine continues for the 2014 model year.

New fuel injectors are adopted for enhanced torque response in the 4,500 – 6,000 rpm range, improving throttle and acceleration feel at mid- and high-rpm ranges. Also, an oil pan baffle has been added to stabilize oil behavior and oil pressure under high performance driving conditions. The baffle reduces rotational friction, which contributes to the increased responsiveness. As in previous years, each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by a single specially trained technician, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. For 2014, an aluminum nameplate is added to each engine showing the name of the engine constructor.

The GT-R's advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine again features innovative plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin high-performance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. Fuel economy is again rated at 16 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway.

The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

The Nissan GT-R's unique Premium Midship platform, created expressly for use with the GT-R, enables the use of a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.

The Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner. Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.

Chassis development also has been continued for 2014, enhancing the sense of "grabbing the road" and enhanced high-speed handling. The front suspension link bush location has been changed and with a new anti-roll bar the front roll-center height has been reduced, along with a change in spring and shock absorber specifications to lower the center of gravity. Maintenance of front suspension alignment has also been improved.

Handling duties are again managed by a sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension system mounted to high-precision six-point front and rear subframes. A special Bilstein® DampTronic driver adjustable shock absorber system utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations.

The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings - Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or R. The same three-stage adjustability is also available for the VDC system and transmission shift operation.

Again in 2014, the GT-R runs on Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled tires designed to match the suspension characteristics. Standard tire sizes are 255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear. Optional Dunlop® SP 7010 all-season run-flat tires are again offered as part of the Cold Weather Package.

Stopping power is again provided by Brembo® monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo® full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.

The Nissan GT-R's rigid forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, manufactured by RAYS®, utilize knurling inside the wheels helps keep the tires from slipping around the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking. The wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high quality, high-performance look. The Black Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels in place of the Premium model's 10-spoke design.

"The performance enhancements for 2014 signal Nissan's intent to keep the GT-R on the leading edge of international sports car design, technology and performance year after year after year," said Castignetti.

Functional, High Performance Aerodynamics and Style
The Nissan GT-R's dramatic styling is unchanged for 2014. Every aspect, from the overall design to the smallest details, is created to maximize the vehicle's driving experience – as well as to suggest GT-R's supercar level of performance.

The GT-R's hybrid body construction is again a combination of steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum, providing a unique combination of stiffness, precision and lightness.

The body features a low coefficient of drag of 0.26, achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R's front fenders express power and stability, while the "aero-blades" on the fenders' edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along the body. The vents in the fenders' trailing edges assist in providing front downforce and optimizing side airflow. The aggressive front end, with a large hood bulge and enlarged central air intake, provide a sophisticated style as well as undisturbed airflow for power and cooling. The "super wide beam" headlights feature three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights) to give a wide illumination spread.

The Nissan GT-R's four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and a curved C-pillar "sword edge," which expresses the distinctive GT-R identity, as well as facilitating air flow around the rear of the vehicle. The signature rear view of the GT-R is provided by its hallmark four-ring taillights, while air flow above and below the vehicle is managed by the functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear venting, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

The GT-R Black Edition's unique rear spoiler is designed to be as slippery to the wind as it is attractive to the eyes. Handmade in a limited monthly production run, a special coating allows carbon fiber "weave" to be felt by the touch. The lightweight dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong, contributing to increased aerodynamic downforce.

GT-R's advanced technology is present even in the vehicle's paint, which utilizes a durable anti-chip paint and "double clear coat" process. The 2014 color palette includes Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a limited production 4-stage metallic Super Silver.

A New Premium Interior for 2014
Just as GT-R reflects a constant pursuit of performance improvements, driver and passenger needs and desires are also continuously reviewed. Takumi, the Japanese word for artisan, has always been reflected in the GT-R, which features a great amount of hand craftsmanship. The Premium model interior features a change in color and stitching for a higher quality look and feel.

In addition, the Black Edition model's steering wheel features new coordinated red accents, providing a sportier appearance. The biggest interior change for 2014 is availability of a new optional Premium Interior Package with exclusive Red Amber color semi-aniline leather appointments with hand-stitching on the front seats, along with Red Amber accents on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim, armrests and shift knob.

"Comfort and a sense of luxury refinement are never out of place, even in car with the ultra performance levels of GT-R," said Castignetti. "The new Premium Interior Package, which will be available in limited numbers, adds a great new look and really accents the high levels of craftsmanship found throughout each and every GT-R."

As in previous years, the key to the Nissan GT-R's usability as both a daily driver and a high-performance machine is its balance of functionality and comfort. It provides comfortable four-passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases. Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable driving experience, and soft pads are utilized on the dash in front of the passenger and both doors to give an extra level of comfort. The rear transaxle layout of GT-R, with a flat floor and narrow center tunnel, allows GT-R to have an optimal driving position. The GT-R Black Edition adds a unique red and black interior color treatment and Recaro® leather-appointed seats.

The GT-R's cockpit-style instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver's head movement. A large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the performance nature of the GT-R. Each meter features a dial plate design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a three-dimensional metal-like ring, suggesting the multi-dimensional performance of GT-R. A large, metallic-framed center console features an ergonomically designed shift lever and a red "engine start" button. Carbon fiber interior trim is offered for all models.

The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display that was created in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo electronic game. Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback.

Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

All 2014 GT-R models again include a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is standard.

Standard 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 three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.


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      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      "... though final output has been upped by 15 ponies to 545 horsepower." It already makes 545 bhp. Output has not changed.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      HANDS DOWN the world's best car for the money. It can duke it out with Lamborghinis three times the price, and absolutely DEMOLISHES any Corvette or Porsche put into existence. Articles like these are what make me a proud GT-R owner.Keep it up, AB.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Everyone forgets about the new SRT Viper. There isn't a comparison. Once their off the line (yes, I'll give you that the GTR leaves the line like nothing else), it's all over.
          John Hughan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          The Viper is still a tad more expensive, (especially if you get the GTS version) and it hasn't been proven yet; only a few reviews have been published thus far. The Viper does have a far better interior though, especially the GTS with the optional Laguna leather or whatever it's called -- then again, I bet Nissan could do a pretty awesome interior if it priced the GT-R at $120K too. But since when is straight-line acceleration the important factor on a car? I guess if you'll only be driving on the street it is, but for people who go to the track, it's about overall handling and "smiles per mile".
          Cory Stansbury
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          Have you seen the GTR's pricing? $96,820 starting. Viper starts at $97,XXX. I'd say at that level, they're essentially equal. You can price a GTR well into the hundreds as well. Considering the new car takes the Gen IV underpinnings (which were darned good) and makes them better in every way by a significant margin, I'm comfortable with it not being "proven" per se. The 2014 GTR really isn't proven either if it's as changed as they say. In a straight line, once they're going, there will be no contest. Definitely off the line, the GTR will have it. That said, I bet the new Viper cuts a consistent lowwww 3 second 0-60 on launch control, which isn't exactly deplorable.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          they're*
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I demand proof of ownership.
          drewpy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          i agree. Are really just a pompous rich guy? Or just a troll?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        HANDS DOWN you know nothing about cars
          the GT-R
          • 2 Years Ago
          What makes you say that? Mr because you drive a 97 civic in which you change the oil on doesn't make you more of a car guy than I am...
        John Hughan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        It might keep up in terms of performance and lap times, but definitely not on fun to drive once the initial thrill of apocalyptic acceleration wears off. I haven't driven any Lambo, but I can tell you that even a slower Porsche is more fun to drive. The GT-R might reward good driving, but it doesn't punish bad driving, so there's no sense that you're fast because you're a good driver; you're just along for the ride, which is why many track instructors hate teaching new students that drive GT-Rs. It lets you get away with all sorts of bad technique, and even rewards it in some cases! Incidentally, that's one of the reasons I think the BRZ/FR-S twins are such great cars. They're definitely down on power, but they're so incredibly fun to drive that somehow that doesn't detract from the enjoyment. In certain ways I actually prefer that car to my M3. Speed and performance don't necessarily make fun cars, nor does lack of them necessarily make boring cars.
          John Hughan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          I have indeed driven a GT-R, and my opinion stands. It's not even an unusual complaint to levy against the car. Lots of reviews from professionals and regular owners have called out the same problem. Have you ever driven a GT-R on a track? And more importantly, have you ever driven other "normal" sports cars on a track for the sake of comparison?
          the GT-R
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          Clearly you have never driven a GTR...... With that being said your coment is irrelevant...
          John Hughan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          One thing I forgot: Pretty much any modern sports car will let you safely push the envelope as long as you keep its stability control systems on, or at least in the "competitive driving" mode that's becoming more common and that lets you have some fun but still steps in when real trouble is imminent. So I wouldn't say that the GT-R is a safer car to push the envelope on. There's a difference between a car that keeps you out of trouble and a car where you can do things like floor the throttle mid-corner and it will just power through rather than activating the stability controls to cut throttle and correct yaw to signal to you that what you just did was poor driving technique. In fact if anything, I'd say the GT-R can actually be LESS safe for that reason, because it can make drivers fast and feel confident despite having bad technique that would never work on any other car. At least with "normal" cars, their nannies protect you when you do something stupid but at least make it clear that you did something stupid.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          You may have been on to something until you mentioned the BRZ/FR-S, which debunks your point of the GTR being a great performer but you can't really screw up. The BRZ is the same way. There's no question it handles great and is fun to drive. But i've heard plenty of people say it's almost TOO good. Too planted and is very forgiving, like you point out of the GTR.
          Henry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Hughan
          By your analysis, it's one hell of a sports car to own and drive then. Heck, if I know I can get away with a lot like that, I will be inclined to push the envelope for the fun factor since I don't want to wreck the car.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        - 2013 GT-R vs 2012 Z06 -- watch?v=cVw3-vNxzRc - 2012 GT-R vs 2012 ZR1 -- watch?v=adTrpC2mpBI - 2012 GT-R (watch?v=lY6z0nzgb3o) vs 2012 Z06 (watch?v=wheEOSdDi9w) --- PLUS watch?v=qtbNF48_iy8 - 2012 GT-R vs 2010 ZR1 -- watch?v=4IV36Ytg3qk - 2009 GT-R (watch?v=I9KXIPCQYC4) vs 2009 ZR1 (watch?v=k6mEirkQN8o) - 2009 GT-R vs 2009 ZR1 -- watch?v=mC-PQca6FJU + watch?v=OZlGMX8G3B4
          chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          It's like as if you had a playlist ready for a comment like that LOL
          NissanGTR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          All of those posts are debunked by the simple fact that the Corvette is using a street legal racing tires.
        bubciak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        http://youtu.be/mC-PQca6FJU
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has Nissan said anything about the ridiculous maintenance costs that come with owning this vehicle? Or the fact that if you launch the car more than a couple of times 'incorrectly', you will void the vehicle's warranty? True story.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Put together a list of all the cars that are this fast and look at their maintenance costs. I bet none of them are cheap to own. "Slower" Lambo's and Ferrari's aren't exactly cheap to own. You just overlook it because of the nameplate, it's easy to say it costs too much to own just because it has Nissan on it.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Upkeep costs: - http://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/47252-how-much-is-your-upkeep-on-your-gtr/ 5 year maintenance cost: $11,937 - http://www.automotive.com/worst-cars/most-expensive-cars-to-maintain/page10.html Awesome car. Would not like to own 1 though.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Agilis
          I'm curious as to why it costs so much to maintain. I was reading through the first link and one guy owns a shop, does his own work, and it still costs him $3000 yearly....
          michigan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Agilis
          Save money and fix it yourself
          adrenalnjunky
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Agilis
          Nissan OEM brake pads are about $800 for the front, and about $450 for the rear - $1250 just in front and rear pads for a car that is designed to be driven hard and use them up more. Aftermarket pads like Hawk or EBC for the car are about $300-450 for front and rear for a Street/Performance model.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        You win the most pointless troll post ever award!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mitytitywhitey
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        BMW-M
        • 2 Years Ago
        The LF-A is a forgotten piece of trash little boy. The LF-A is a joke and laughing stock of the entire automotive industry.
      bluemoonric
      • 2 Years Ago
      The GT-R might be great in the performance department but it is still lacking in the appearance department. One ugly a$$ car in my opinion.
      the GT-R
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what you really want to know about this beast; 0-60 down to 2.6s 1/4 down to 10.7s Nur: 7.18.6 with traffic Better mid power band because of bigger injectors.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car never sold that well when it was in the $60K-$70K range and they just keep making more and more ridiculous price increases anyway. It is ugly, looks cheap on the inside and looks like something a 16 year old would be driving and the ride is crap. Porsche, Viper and other cars are much better choices for your money at this price point. It is a car that is appealing to young kids, unfortunately they can't buy it.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Looks are subjective, so that point is immediately null. Lets move on to better choices at this price point. Please show me the Porsche model at this price point that runs to 60 in less than 3 seconds. Save your time, there is none. You've obviously not priced any Porsche lately. Not hating on Porsche by any means, I'd love a 911 turbo, but there's nothing that competes performance wise for the money.
        the GT-R
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        You are full of ****
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still a technological wunderkar, but still not a car I'd want in that price range. Gimme a new Viper with a 6-speed for driving enjoyment over numbers.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        You do realize all autos use outsourced tech for 99% of all systems? The only thing the manufacturers are responsible for today is chassis sign-offs and marketing.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs to look more stylish inside and out. As it is, it will continue to sell slowly.
      wtvlol
      • 2 Years Ago
      tomorrow they realase 2020 GT-R info...
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      The quintessential car blog (how many GTRs can you get for the price of the Venom GT2?) currency keeps getting better and better. This is on everyone's list looking for the best bang for your buck. I cannot believe how much this car has improved since 2009. 2009 GTR: 473hp 434lb ft 0-60 3.5 seconds Q.M. 11.6 seconds 2014 GTR: 545hp (+75hp) 463lb ft (+29lb ft) 0-60: 2.65 est. (2012 model was 2.88) (-.85 seconds better - nearly a whole second!) That's incredible. And to think, it's likely to keep getting better and better by the time the next gen GTR bows in 2018! FOUR MORE YEARS FOUR MORE YEARS! Haha.
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