Nissan Announces Tweaked GT-R
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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