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2012 Nissan GT-R – more powerful & more frugal UPDATE: GT-R Photos & Video added

Mon, 07 Nov 2011

2012 Nissan GT-R - more power, less fuel

Update: Nissan UK has confirmed the details of the Japanese GT-R apply to the UK version, including the availability of the Track Pack. We’ve updated with a gallery of 66 GT-R photos and a video of the new GT-R too.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R – which goes on sale in the UK in Spring 2012 – can hit 60mph in 2.7 seconds.

We’re back to Japanese debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month, with news from Nissan that the GT-R will be getting more power and better efficiency for 2012 (or, probably, 2013 MY if you’re in the US).

The biggest news – if not exactly unexpected – is that the new Nissan GT-R will get a power hike taking it up to 542 horses and 466lb/ft of torque. Not huge increases, but enough to make a difference, we’re sure.

Nissan also say that the 2012 GT-R has much better responses at lower speeds, thanks to the increase in torque, and power at high speed is improved too. And despite the extra oomph, the GT-R is said to be more frugal than before, although we don’t get any numbers.

Nissan has also had a play with the auto ‘box to cope with the additional power and torque, resulting in better shift feel and reduced noise. The diff also gets a new high performance oil to stop it melting when you get frisky with your right foot.

The GT-R’s suspension has also been tweaked, with a harder spring rate on one side and deliberately unbalanced rear suspension which only equalises when you’re on the move,. This is said to give more steering feel, better stability and a smoother ride.

Nissan are also offering new Ceramic brakes as an option and a Track Pack with stiffer suspension, brake cooling, Rays Alloys and lots of aero tweaks.

We’re assuming that most – if not all – of these changes apply to the UK and Europe as well as Japan, but we’ll update when we know.

(66 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)

By Cars UK