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by Tim Beissmann

Details of the 2012 Nissan GT-R have leaked out from a European press event around two months ahead of the supercar’s unveiling at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

According to the North American GT-R Owners Club (NAGTROC), the 2012 Nissan GT-R will again score a substantial power increase. Although the exact figures are not expected to be revealed until early November, the uprated GT-R was reportedly shown to produce at least an additional 40hp (30kW).

With the MY2011 Nissan GT-R currently producing 390kW, it appears the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 will generate at least 420kW. Higher boost levels and revisions to the intake and exhaust are also on the cards.

Nissan Australia’s Jeff Fisher said the 2012 GT-R could arrive in Australia as early as the first quarter of next year, but admitted the final timing was still to be locked down.

The NAGTROC report said there will be no visual changes to the new model, with the engineers focusing on retuning the suspension and transmission logic, and revising the underbody to improve aerodynamics and cooling performance.

Despite the power increases, fuel consumption and emissions will fall marginally from the current 11.9 litres/100km and 281g/km levels.

The report also suggested the Premium Black and Egoist variants would be offered worldwide, while a Track Edition with carbon panels and slick tyres would be made available exclusively to right-hand drive markets.

Mr Fisher said Nissan Australia would continue to offer just one highly specified model of the GT-R rather than individual variants. He said Nissan Australia was in the fortunate position where it could effectively design its own cars for the wants and needs of the market, and said as a result our car would offer “the best of all versions” to Australian drivers.

According to the report, the R35 GT-R is likely to continue for another two model years, which should see production roll on through 2014.

If rumours are correct, expect the 2012 Nissan GT-R to launch an official Nurburgring lap time assault in the middle of October.

Note: 2011 Nissan GT-R pictured.




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