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Next Generation Nissan GT-R Set for 2018 and 2013 GT-R Facelift

Contrary to Earlier Reports and Beliefs, the Nissan GT-R Will See a Second Generation in 2018

Information on the 2013 Nissan GT-R Facelift is Almost as Exciting as that providing proof of the next generation Nissan GT-R hitting the streets in 2018

For the last few years the common belief in the automotive world had been that the Nissan GT-R as we currently knew it would be a single generational vehicle. The reviews and media coverage for the vehicle have always been astoundingly positive–few people anywhere will deny it its place amongst the planet’s elite vehicle list–but the sales haven’t always matched. The price tag and Nissan badging combination have clearly turned away some would-be consumers, and, this has lead many to speculate that this generation of GT-R, especially with increased fuel restrictions coming up, would never see a complete generational renovation Stateside. Thankfully, a report released this past week not only refutes that, it provides a solid and reasonable timeline for the vehicle’s future.

Seeing a facelift this year, and almost certainly continuing to receive small and interesting upgrade touches until the next generation is released, the real news is that in 2018 the car will be completely revamped from ground up. First confirmed by Edmunds via Nissan’s corporate PR entity, multiple reputable news sources have come out to verify the same information. Nissan had originally intended for the Nissan GT-R to see its second generation as early as 2015, but the departure of GT-R R&D head and chief engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno, left the company in a bit of a difficult position. Without the man who had made the GT-R the giant-slayer we all know it as today its future had seemed uncertain. Well, Mizuno is back after having overcome health concerns and the 2015 date has been scrapped in favor of a 2018 as result of the lost time in the wake of Mizuno’s absence.

2013 Nissan GT-R Facelift

Possible interpretation of the 2013 Nissan GT-R based off the Nissan GT-R Club Race Edition

With their new date set for 2018, the conservative timeline will provide Mizuno plenty of time to get back in to the swing of things with his trusted team and move forward with the vehicle’s revitalization. Most importantly, too, is that this news means that Mizuno–one of the world’s greatest automotive development minds–is healthy and has overcome his personal health issues. In fact, Mizuno was healthy enough to make the trip to Germany recently and be involved with the mechanical side of the Nissan team’s class victorious effort at the renowned 24 Hours of Nürburgring event.

2013 Nissan GT-R Facelift

Possible interpretation of the 2013 Nissan GT-R based off the Nissan GT-R Club Race Edition

The other reason for the delay was result of Nissan’s insistence on keeping their current generation GT-R up to par. This means that a number of resources are being applied towards the current generation to provide the 2013 model with a complete facelift and improved performance via more involved electronics, in an effort to the keep vehicle competitive with new Porsche models as it enters in to its 6th year of production.

While exact details of the facelift and new model year revamping haven’t been officially announced, what has been stated is Nissan’s desire to closely follow and react to the new Acura NSX model’s performance. The NSX is a long recognized super car returning to production in 2013, where it will certainly regain its place alongside Ferrari and Porsche as a truly viable entrance point in to the supercar market. However, the NSX is doing things a little differently.

Similar to the Lexus LFA, the NSX will also feature a hybrid electric/gas engine to increase low end torque numbers and pair them with high RPM HP numbers. This insistence by Mizuno and his Nissan team has lead many to speculation that a turbocharged hybrid engine may be in the future for the GT-R as well. With increasing fuel efficiency standards across the globe, a change of this nature seems both likely and ideal too.

2013 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition

2013 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition

Now, it’s known that many performance enthusiasts release collective groans when they hear the word “hybrid” attached to their beloved super car market, but, the hybrid configuration does allow for a lot of performance gains as well. Chief amongst these gains is the torque delivery that an electric engine offers. Because of the change in power access and delivery, hybrid electric engines are able to deliver 100% of the electric engine’s torque from a stand-still. Coupling a torque delivery like this–something in line with 100-150 torque from zero RPMs is absolutely plausible in an electric hybrid engine–with the GT-R’s amazing all-wheel drive system will result in some of the most impressive off the line acceleration numbers anyone has ever seen. Switching from 100% electric to 100% gas as the vehicle goes up through the RPM band will result in the engine being able to access its turbocharger reserves for increased horsepower at higher speeds, once the need for torque has dissipated. In all, a well-designed hybrid AWD GT-R could easily offset the increased weight issue associated with a hybrid engine and deliver even more impressive performance than ever before.

2013 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition

2013 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition

As for the 2013 facelift in store for the GT-R, exact specifications are, as of yet, unknown. Nissan has stated that the primary body panels will remain largely unchanged, which has lead to speculation in changes over the following vehicle aspects: under body aerodynamics aspects such as front splitter and rear diffuser, lights and markers, and interior. Of these three, changes to the interior–bringing it closer to the Porsche and Audi luxury standard–seem the most likely to drive sales, while those which may improve downforce and drag coefficient numbers–i.e. changes to the aerodynamic component pieces–seem the most likely to help the GT-R set new benchmark track times across the globe. The recently utilized GT-R R35 from the prior mentioned 24 hours of Nürburgring utilized a new, upgraded, integrated front air dam with enhanced air dam brace. Considering how close that race’s iteration of the GT-R was to a production model, there’s a definite possibility that the 2013 model could also find itself equipped with this more aggressive front wind splitting device.

Nissan GT-R at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Event

Nissan GT-R at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Event

Here are a few excerpts from Mizuno following the 24 Hours of Nürburgring event, some of which is very telling. Ultimately, it lends itself to the belief that Nissan will continue improving the GT-R until they release next generation and will maintain a strong dedication to performance above all else with their flagship automobile:

Nissan GT-R at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Event

Nissan GT-R at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Event

“There are two major reasons for entering in this 24-hour race: First of all, after the debut in 2007, this vehicle has been evolving year after year. By changing it to a racing specification to be implemented in the future, no matter what kind of super high performance feature or a new version is developed in the next five years, the durability and reliability in varying conditions can be verified in this race. I would like to make a promise that all this will be reflected in future GT-Rs.

“Secondly, since we debuted this vehicle in 2007, customers have asked me time and time again, how their vehicle would perform if they were to race their own vehicles. Therefore, we are using a vehicle similar to those of our customers, we are not using a car with racing modifications.

“By racing in a vehicle with similar and more evolved specifications as our customers’ GT-R, we respond to the expectations of our customers. For this race, we developed forged calipers, aerodynamic parts and other various components. I would like to make a promise that all this will be reflected in future GT-Rs, and will be delivered to our customers.”

                      -Kazutoshi Mizuno

1000+ HP Switzer GT-R, and an Exercise in Being Excessively Gaudy

There are two very different GTRs I want to highlight today. The first of these is all about HP, the other, all about blinding people.

Switzer, the performance mod shop known for always pushing the envelope on Turbocharged power, has been having fun with the GT-R since its release, and their most recent incarnation is no different. The Switzer GT-R R35 R1K is an absolute beast that spits out 1005HP to the ground and rips up the road beneath it. Switzer achieved this HP boost, over the stock 473, through use of enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers, an upgraded ECU and cooling system, new injectors, a high-flow titanium exhaust, and a new, extra-strong transmission built to handle all of that power. Even with all of those modifications, it’s still impressive to see that much HP gain in the vehicle, and especially when you consider that its creature comforts still work. The car still has A/C, Radio, and all power windows/seats, meaning that it’s both a comfortable road driver, and an absolute Mecha-Godzilla on the track.

Speaking of Mecha-Godzilla, what’s one way to make your GT-R look even more insane? How about a complete body chrome wrap! That’s right, now not only will your opponents in a race be forced to look at your tail end, but the light reflecting off of the chrome wrap will immediately blind them and cause them to crash! Seriously though, how could anyone think a modification like this is a good idea? So far as visual mods are concerned: there’s cool, there’s extreme, and then there’s just plain gaudy, and this GT-R eschews the former two in favor of the latter. Check this out, if you can, and be happy your GT-R isn’t chrome wrapped.

2012 GT-R Spy Photos

Over the last week various spy photos have been coming out of the 2012 GT-R at the Nurburgring. The vehicle’s modifications, while not too extreme, are great looking. It also seems that Nissan is actively testing and providing final tweaks to them to ensure they provide the 2012 GT-R with the best of both style and function. The new wheel style is my favorite aspect of it, as well. That’s not to say that the new brake ducts, rear diffuser and other touches aren’t good also, just that I really like the new wheel pattern and look. Here are all the images I’ve been able to find thus far, arranged below for you, click the thumbs for full HD images:

2011 Nissan GTR Press Kit

2011 Nissan GT-R Press Kit: At A Glance

Now in its third year of availability in the North American market, the Nissan GT-R enters the 2011 model year with a number of enhancements and a simplified model lineup. The previous GT-R base model has been eliminated, leaving the GT-R Premium as the only available 2011 model. Other changes include slightly darker wheel center caps, double clear coat on the front and rear fascias and the addition of rear cooling ducts to improve cooling performance around the rear floor area. The suspension has been retuned and the rear bushing strengthened to enhance ride comfort while still maintaining the GT-R’s outstanding handling. In addition, auto on/off headlights and speed-sensitive windshield wipers are now standard, along with a USB iPod® interface, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and DVD playback. The navigation system now includes XM NavTraffic® and NavWeather™ capability.

The 2011 Nissan GT-R is once again anchored by a 485-horsepower 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine matched with a high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. 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 GT-R suspension is 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. Tires are nitrogen-filled high-performance summer run flat or optional high-performance all-season tires on exclusive GT-R 20-inch wheels.

The Nissan GT-R’s functional styling utilizes advanced aerodynamics, offering a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce. GT-R’s hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum. Styling cues include front fender “aero-blades” and vents, an aggressive front end design with a large hood bulge and single central air intake, and “super wide beam” headlights.

GT-R’s four-passenger cabin features a sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar “sword edge,” as well as GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights, functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips.

GT-R’s interior 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. 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.

The 2011 Nissan GT-R is available through nearly 700 official “GT-R certified” Nissan dealers across the United States. The names and locations of local GT-R Certified Nissan dealers are available to consumers on

Highlights of the 2011 Nissan GT-R include:


•Purposeful, cutting-edge styling with a Cd of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce
•Hybrid body construction of steel, die-cast aluminum and carbon fiber
•GT-R’s aggressive styling evokes the lines of a well-trained athlete, combining strong character lines with smooth and solid areas
•Front fenders express power and stability, “aero-blades” on fenders’ leading edges provide optimum air flow around the tires and along the body; vents in the fenders’ trailing edges assists in providing front downforce and optimization of side air flow
•Aggressive front end styling, large hood bulge and single central air intake for undisturbed air flow for power and cooling
•“Super wide beam” headlights featuring three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights) to give a wide illumination spread
•Four-passenger cabin with sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar “sword edge,” which facilitate air flow around the rear of the vehicle
•GT-R hallmark four-ring taillights; air flow above and below the vehicle is managed by a functional carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips
•Auto on/off headlights and speed-sensitive windshield wipers added for 2011
•Durable chip-resistant paint; available seven-coat Super Silver paint hand-polished by craftsmen, front and rear fascias receive double clear coat
•Five available exterior colors: Solid Red, Pearl White, Black Obsidian, Gun Metallic and Super Silver

Platform, Engine and Driveline

•Advanced Premium Midship platform, enabling the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate completely independently
•Exclusive hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine
•485 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm, 434 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200; LEV2/ULEV emission vehicle rating
•Plasma-sprayed bores for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency
•Symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin IHI turbochargers
•Secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance
•Thermostatically-controlled oil cooling system; oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; lateral wet and dry sump oiling system
•Paddle-shifted sequential six-speed dual clutch transmission; manual and automatic modes
•Rear transaxle features separate clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears; sequential shifting; gear pre-selection for immediate shifts
•Hill Start Assist for easy starts on an uphill incline
•Electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system specifically developed for GT-R
•Rear-drive bias, up to 50 percent of torque can be transmitted to the front wheels when needed, torque split continuously variable depending on speed, lateral and transverse acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate
•GT-R specific yaw-rate feedback control, measuring differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle, actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias

Suspension and Braking

•Special “set-up switch” located in the center of the instrument panel; adjusts transmission shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R), three settings – Normal, Special or “R,” for ultimate handling
•4-wheel independent suspension mounted to six-point front and rear subframes
•GT-R specific adjustable Bilstein DampTronic suspension system utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces for all situations and a high level of control for a variety of driving situations
•Suspension retuned and rear bushings strengthened for enhanced ride comfort for 2011
•15-inch Brembo full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads, radial-mounted Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, which in combination minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance
•GT-R-specific lightweight forged 20-inch wheels, with special knurling to assist with securing the tires during hard acceleration or braking, slightly darker wheel center cap color tone for 2011
•Nitrogen-filled Bridgestone high-performance summer run-flat tires – 255/40ZRF20 front, 285/35ZRF20 rear; all-season Dunlop tires available
•Optional Dunlop SP Sport 600 performance summer tires – 255ZRF40/20 front, P285ZRF35/20 rear

Interior Features

•Interior designed to balance functionality and comfort
•Usable passenger and luggage space – four passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases
•Optimal driving position provided by rear transaxle layout, with flat floor and narrow center console
•Driver-surrounding instrument panel, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver’s head movement
•Large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the multi-function display, give the driver instant detailed information
•Interior design cues include “dial plate” meter-surround design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, large, metallic-framed center console featuring ergonomically designed shift lever and a red “engine start” button
•Sculpted performance bucket seats
•Soft pads located on the dash panels in front of the passenger and on both doors to give an extra level of comfort
•A video game-inspired multi-function display with eleven pages of mechanical and driving information available, including acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback
•Navigation system featuring easy-to-use touch pad, as well as traditional navigation switches; XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather™ added for 2011
•Screen interface also features enriched entertainment system with a Music Box Hard Drive, CD player controls and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, DVD playback capability
•Standard specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system, two forward-facing woofers in rear center armrest area; speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels
•USB iPod® interface, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® added for 2011


•Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger
•Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags for driver and front passenger
•Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection
•Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and tension reducers
•Three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts


•Vehicle assembly in Tochigi, Japan; engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan
•Available in one models: GT-R Premium

A few fun GTR Videos

Well, no real serious news on the Nissan GT-R R35 front today, so I thought I’d share some fun videos with all of you. The only common thread between these videos is the R35 GT-R, but I don’t think you or I need anything more to enjoy a good video. Hopefully this weekend will produce some more interesting GT-R news for the blog, but until then, enjoy:

An un-official commercial, but a very awesome video:

Interesting car news, and another example of a very talented very famous and wealthy person driving a Nissan GT-R at around 4 minutes in. Pretty interesting info from the NBA Player, and a damn good looking GT-R:

A Swiss-tuned GT-R Pushing 610bhp on a dyno. I love the way this GT-R sounds here, very clean and mean:

A sub-titled Dutch review of the Nissan GT-R, pretty good review:

Nissan GT-R: A Question Of Character

by Angus MacKenzie

I hate flying in this country. I hate the whole experience. I hate being herded like cattle through airport security and shoehorned into shabby old planes at the mercy of underpaid pilots who sometimes forget to land. I hate how they sting me 15 bucks for checking a bag (if it’s about offsetting fuel costs, surely it would be fairer to charge passengers weight). I hate how they charge me six bucks for a cardboard box of processed pap they have the gall to describe as a meal. Flying used to be fun, glamorous, exciting. Now it’s just tedious in the extreme.

I live 10 minutes from LAX, and 300 miles from Las Vegas. So when it came to heading across the Mojave to the SEMA Show, I did the obvious thing: I drove.

2009 Nissan GT-R rear three quarter

My ride was our long term Nissan GT-R. I’ve done a bit of commuting around L.A. in the 2009 COTY winner over the past few months, but this was to be the first long road trip, and to be honest I wasn’t sure whether I’d made the right call. Don’t get me wrong. I like fast, exhilarating, extreme cars as much as anyone, but I know from experience that something capable of getting the adrenalin pumping hard on a 20-mile blast along a canyon road can quickly lose its sparkle droning along the interstate. And no matter which way you go, there’s plenty of interstate between L.A. and Vegas.

I needn’t have worried. The GT-R’s a surprisingly civilized freeway cruiser. Sure, the ride’s on the firm side, and there’s some tire noise on poor surfaces, but it’s no worse than a Porsche 911. Just leave the dual clutch tranny in auto mode, dial up 75-80 mph on the cruise control, crank up your favorite satellite radio station, and go with the flow.

2009 Nissan GT-R front three quarter

And for something that’s fast enough to frighten a Ferrari, it’s remarkably fuel efficient. According to the trip computer the GT-R averaged 20.9 mpg for the 128 miles from LA to Barstow, and 22.3 mpg for the 67 miles from Barstow to Baker. I forgot about the fuel consumption after Baker, because that’s where I turned off the freeway and onto the two lane Route 127 that heads north towards Death Valley, bound for the township of Shoshone, and the junction with Route 178 which would bring me into Pahrump, then into Vegas from the west on Route 160.

The cruise and control and the radio were switched off, the shifter flicked into manual mode, and the GT-R and I got down to business as the road swept across the desert, past Dumont Dunes and into the mountains. I reveled in the relentless, urgent, seamless surge of power from the twin-turbo V-6 as I fanned the paddle shifter, and delighted at the marvelously planted feel of the chassis as we chased the horizon. The massive Brembos shrugged off the speed with easy assurance whenever the road suddenly jinked left or right, and only a gentle squirming of the steering wheel betrayed the furious calculations constantly routing and rerouting the torque to all four wheels as we punched past their apexes.

2009 Nissan GT-R front

It was a satisfyingly rapid run to Shoshone, and accomplished with neither of us breaking a sweat. In fact, it was almost too easy.

The Nissan GT-R is a supremely competent supercar. But is it too competent? Is the GT-R – whisper it – a sanitized supercar for a video-game generation; a digitized speed experience that lacks grit and soul and character?

I’ll take competence over character every time when it comes to driving truly fast machinery. Character does not excuse the psychotic Ferrari 348 that once tried to kill me; that cold knot in the pit of my stomach every time I hustled a pre-993 Porsche 911 hard on a wet road; having to take fast corners in old big-banger Lamborghinis like I was riding alongside a Mafia hitman with a bad temper and a hair trigger. Character is cool when you’re noodling down to the local car show in your DeTomaso Mangusta, not when you chasing tenths of a second on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

2009 Nissan GT-R rear

The coolly calculated Nissan GT-R may not have the rosso romance of a Ferrari Daytona, the charming idiosyncrasy of a Porsche 911, or the aw-shucks muscle of a Corvette ZR1. But in form and function it is a supercar that deftly defines both its era and its origin. All gigabytes and manga, GT-R is a supercar like no other; a supercar that only Japan could have created. I’d call that character.

Source: MotorTrend

New GT-R Hits Dealers in Japan

Nissan Releases New-Spec Nissan GT-R

YOKOHAMA (Oct. 21, 2009) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the latest version of the Nissan GT-R, which goes on sale on December 7th at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan. The updated GT-R receives a number of enhancements, including a revised navigation system, recalibrated suspension settings and an improved-flow catalyst system. It is scheduled to go on sale in other global markets beginning next spring.
Nissan GT-R

Since its introduction in the Japanese market in December 2007, the Nissan GT-R has gone through continuous evolution, remaining on the cutting-edge of multi-dimensional performance. The GT-R has also been acclaimed globally, winning more than 50 top awards in various categories since launch. Nissan also supports GT-R owners with exceptional after-sales service.

The latest revisions to GT-R include a new HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system with enhanced entertainment functions. A USB port with iPod®*1 connectivity allows the driver and passengers to enjoy their favorite music in the car, creating an even more pleasant interior environment. *2

In addition, the GT-R’s suspension has been retuned to offer enhanced, premium quality ride comfort, while still providing the driver with a feeling of direct contact with the road surface. The accuracy of the front shock absorbers and springs has been increased and the stiffness of rear suspension radius rod bushings has been strengthened. Rear diffusers with cooling ducts, previously available only on the GT-R SpecV, have been expanded to non-SpecV models, improving cooling performance around the rear floor area.

The exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV models receive revised rear shock absorber settings, enhancing the characteristic combination of supple ride comfort and flat, predictable handling. In conjunction with this change, SpecV now comes standard with Dunlop tires. The previously standard Bridgestone tires are available as a factory-installed option.

Finally, both the Nissan GT-R and GT-R SpecV achieve improved low- and mid-range engine response, thanks to newly adopted hexagonal meshed catalyst cells that reduce ventilation/airflow resistance.

Nationwide MSRP Pricing in Japan (including consumption tax)

Drivetrain Engine Grade Transmission Price (yen)
4WD VR38DETT GT-R GR6 dual clutch
GT-R Black edition 8,820,000
GT-R Premium edition 9,240,000
GT-R SpecV 15,750,000

* SpecV goes on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan.
*1 iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*2 May not be applicable in selected countries.

Source: Nissan Motors

History of the Nissan GT-R in Pictures

There’s nothing like a piece of history to make you realize the value of the present. Today, we have a hi-res gallery of the history of Nissan’s giant-killer. UK had its first taste of the Skyline in 1997 but the very first model was actually built back in the fifties. In 1964, Skyline GT-Rs fought for supremacy against Porsche 908s. In 1969, the first GT-R, a four-door saloon, arrived at Japanese showrooms. If you’re a true-blue fan of the GT-R, you’ve probably already had the occasion to feast your eyes on the most recent GT-R, the SpecV, unveiled this year. The SpecV, which competes against Porsche’s 911 Turbo, has a 485bhp twin-turbo V6, with a boost control function, increasing the 434lb ft of torque by an extra 15lb ft at 3500-5000rpm.

Source: 4 Wheel News

Upgrades for the GT-R being worked in 2010 for 2011!


Stiffer suspension, NACA ducts and data-logging will be next year’s highlights

2010 model year upgrades for Nissan’s GT-R will include the adoption of the Spec-V’s rear diffuser plus new side NACA ducts, suspension tweaks, and an optional NISMO data-logging facility that will let drivers share and compare data via their PCs.

The changes were revealed to PistonHeads yesterday by GT-R project chief Kazutoshi Mizuno, who was our host yesterday at the company’s Nurburgring technical centre where elements of the 2010 upgrade package – and European Spec-V models – are undergoing their final evaluation.

According to Mizuno-san, the suspension tweaks are minor but include marginally stiffer front spring and damper rates, and stiffer bushing for the rear torsion control arms. The aim is to further increase the driver appeal – or to paraphrase the enigmatic chief engineer ‘to make the driver’s buttocks feel even closer to the rear wheels during sporty driving’.

Final 2010 MY testing is underway

The NISMO data-logging system will be part of an upgraded sat-nav option. As we understand it, owners will be able to download data using a USB memory stick, load it onto their PC for analysis, and even share their numbers with other GT-R drivers online.

The adoption of the Spec-V rear diffuser and new NACA ducts next to the rear wheels are there to improve airflow and brake cooling, says Mizuno. The 2010 cars have also been tweaked to meet Euro 5 emissions regs, and an ECU modification improves low-speed tractability in low temperatures when the transmission fluid is still cold.

PH was there too - full story on its way...

Mizuno and Nissan senior vice president Andy Palmer (who was co-incidentally visiting the Nurburgring GT-R test team on the same day) also gave us some insights into the new Spec-M model that has been rumoured for some time. Contrary to the suggestion in our story yesterday, it won’t be at the Tokyo motor show next month, but will emerge sometime next year instead.

We shouldn’t get too distracted by the ‘comfort’ tag, they say, as the core package will be largely undiluted. Instead, think of a GT-R ‘plus’ with extra luxury fittings like a high-end sound system, expensive interior fittings and a more ‘bespoke’ feel.

Like the Spec-V, the idea of the Spec-M is to increase exclusivity, not improve accessibility, so although the suspension may be set up for a little more comfort we’re not expecting the driving experience to feel very different from the standard car.

Meanwhile the 2010 model year GT-R should be available in the UK early next year, around the same time as the Spec-V edition.


2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V Specifications



2,780 mm


Brakes (Front)

Carbon-ceramic ventilated discs (390 mm)

Brakes (Rear)

Carbon-ceramic ventilated discs (380 mm)


Rays lightweight forged alloy wheels

Tires Front


Tires Rear


Front Suspension

Independent double wishbone

Rear Suspension

Independent multi-link



Front Engine, AWD


GR6 dual-clutch transmission

Final Drive Ratio




VR38DETT V6 DOHC Twin-turbo

Compression Ratio


Bore X Stroke

95.5mm x 88.4mm

Engine & Transmission

Displacement cu in (cc):


Power bhp (kW) at RPM:

480 bhp @ 6400 rpm

Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:

428 lb-ft. @ 3200 rpm


Tires F-R

Bridgestone Potenza RE070R Runflat Tires

Body Type

2 Door, 2 Seat GT Coupe


4,650 mm


1,895 mm


1,370 mm

Curb Weight

3704 lbs.

Ground Clearance

110 mm

Base Price: 2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V: 15,750,000 yen (about US $170,000)

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