By on November 2, 2012

Nissan announced a refresh of its GT-R supercar today.  Engine response in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges was improved using  high-output injectors and changes in the  turbocharger. The car’s center of gravity has been lowered, body rigidity has been enhanced, shock absorbers, springs and front stabilizer have been tweaked.  Racers can now use Motul Competition Oil.

The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is still rated at 542bhp, but contacts at Nissan threaten an even more ferocious acceleration.

For those who deem the Pure  (8,757,000 yen, or  $109,080) or Black Edition (9,639,000 yen, or $120,142) as too pedestrian, and the 15,168,300 yen ($188,942) Egoist Edition as too ostentatious, a Premium Edition has been slotted in. Its 9,786,000 yen ($121,898) price buys you a two-tone interior color and hand-stitched genuine Semi-Aniline leather front seats. (Prices for Japanese market only.)

The car goes on sale in Japan on November 19. It will be available in North America, Europe, and other regions from January 2013 onwards.

Being in Tokyo at the moment, I will attempt to get my hands on the car and the people who built it, and will report back ASAP.

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17 Comments on “Nissan Announces Tweaked GT-R...”


  • avatar
    CoastieLenn

    Wasn’t this car only about $80k when it was first introduced to us in 2008? Now its U.S. base price is $96k… without options. Other than tweaks here and there to keep up with the times and competition (something that EVERY manufacturer does regardless of the class segment), what’s so substantial to garnish nearly a 25% price increase in four years?

    • 0 avatar

      See remark: “Prices for Japanese market only.”

      Americans will get the GT-R at a discount ….

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      “what’s so substantial to garnish nearly a 25% price increase in four years?”

      The appreciation of the yen (or, to be more accurate, the devaluation of the dollar) would be most of it. General increases in material and production costs would fill in the difference.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      1. Introductory pricing is always low. The car has some credibility now.

      2. The car has been improved since it launched

      3. Volumes haven’t been as high as Nissan hoped. This means they are charging more per car to make up development costs.

      4. It is becoming obvious that there are price sensitive buyers in the <$60K car range, and price insensitive (wealthy) folks in the $80K+ range. The latter will generally buy the car if they want it, regardless of whether or not it costs 10% more. Prices for high end vehicles are all getting padded. Try charting Veyron pricing over the last decade if you want a really impressive example.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        That’s true of everything, although it definitely is more at the top. I noticed a big price jump in luxury marques (BMW, Audi, Infiniti, at minimum) between 2006 and 2007. The price of a loaded vehicle went up $4-6K in most cases. The prices of the S-class, 7-Series, and A8 seem to be climbing even faster.

  • avatar
    NormSV650

    Got torque?

  • avatar
    NMGOM

    Tweaked? GT-R sales are flat, 6 model-years after its introduction into the US. Folks here who want fun would rather get a Corvette. The GT-R is a soulless, driving appliance, devoid of emotion.

    When Nissan finally gets the message, and “tweaks” the GT-R into rear drive only, with a 50/50 weight balance (or better), and a manual transmission, then we may be talking about something….

    Until then, if I want exotic, I’ll get a used Lambo Gallardo LP550-2 with RWD and a stick.

    —————

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      and yet a gallardo is coming onto 9 years?

      i maintain that Nissan makes no money on the GTR and has never made money on this GTR. Its their Veyron.

      They do it because they can. They take the profit they make from selling Versas and Sentras and put it into the GTR. Why? Because they have a 50yr tradition in these cars… over 25yrs in the 4wd twin turbo race car battle.

      I agree I have absolutely no love for 4,000lb 550hp 2.8 sec, 7.21 sec ‘ring machines that do 15 mpg… but I admire a company that does this and I love how Nissan is fighting Porsche, GM and Dodge in these ring battles. These 4 cars are in a fight that defies common sense. And in 2012 when 40mpg and Euro V is all the rage… that’s great.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      Corvette sales aren’t selling like hotcakes either. And every auto editor I respect says the GT-R is far from soulless. Have you driven one?

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      The GT-R’s supposed lack of soul, is easily fixed, by pressing the right pedal.

    • 0 avatar
      eCurmudgeon

      “The GT-R is a soulless, driving appliance, devoid of emotion.”

      And here it was my understanding that rather than having a soul, the GT-R *consumes* them.

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    IMO, the GT-R would be on a LOT more radars if they offered it with a stick.

    • 0 avatar
      corntrollio

      Are you sure about that? The people that can afford to buy GT-Rs probably don’t care as much as the internet commenters who talk about it.

      • 0 avatar
        CoastieLenn

        You’d think though, that the clientele that considers the GTR with its Gizmophonic transmission would also consider cars like the Audi R8 (available with a traditional manual), Corvette (same), used Ford GT’s (same), used lower level lambo’s and Ferrari’s (same).

        It’s not always someone’s desire to have eye-blink quick shift ability… some want a passionate driving experience.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      I’m generally a stick man, but if were to buy a GTR, I’d get the auto. The whole purpose of that car is to go as fast as you can. Not to finesse shifts (nor to finesse anything, really. The awd system is another one of those things that trades a bit of subjective feel for pure pace. Even the engine is less than ideal for anything other than just going stonking fast).


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