The Story of the Nissan GT-R continues to amaze us, just when you thought “that’s as good as it’s going to get for a while” there’s a better one. It’s like Apple and its iPhone, you need to buy a new GT-R every year just to keep up with all the changes. The 2012 Nissan GT-R sees power output increase to 404kW with 632Nm of torque.
Not that we’re complaining because it’s only through consistent and relentless evolution that the Nissan GT-R has remained at the forefront of modern Japanese performance cars. It has become the dream car of many and the benchmark of what a car can do. It’s an almost daily occurrence where we find ourselves comparing it to a performance car that costs more but fails to deliver anywhere near its credentials. In essence, the Nissan GT-R is a nightmare for other car companies.
The retuned 3.8-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine not only produces more power and torque but also uses less fuel (11.8L/100km). The almighty Porsche-destroying Nissan GT-R has gained an additional 14kW and 20Nm of torque (there is no official 0-100km/h figure but we suspect it’s starting to get closer and closer to the 2.9 second mark).
But it’s not just the increased power figures that tell the story, Nissan says engine response and torque at mid and low-speeds has been improved, as has power at high revolutions. This has been achieved through better intake efficiency and air flow resistance. The Japanese company has also improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control. It has changed the under floor catalyzer to be smaller and weigh less whilst a newly designed metallic sodium-filled valve has helped improve exhaust valve cooling and ignition timing.
One of the few criticisms we had of the 2011 Nissan GT-R was that its transmission was a little noisy, well that seems to have been addressed with the 2012 model now using a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing.
Not much has changed in the exterior styling department but dig a little deeper and you’ll find reinforcements to the engine compartment and dash panel for even better handling. Right-hand drive GT-R’s have had their suspension set asymmetrically to take into account the weight of the driver and the propeller shaft (both on the right side). Nissan’s engineers have enabled a harder spring rate on the left side while at the rear the suspension arm has been installed upwards on the left side and downwards on the right. Sounds complicated but the idea is to provide better balance. What the changes result in is an imbalanced wheel load when the GT-R is stationary, but an equalized load during driving. Nissan says the changes further improve cornering stability and ride comfort for RHD models.
From the inside you’ll be able to tell a 2012 Nissan GT-R apart thanks to the addition of blue lighting inside the tachometer ring (matching the shift position indicator light) and standard reversing camera. The sound system has been upgraded from Bose® sound system woofers to Bose® Precision Sound System woofers for extra doof.
The 2012 Nissan GT-R with land in Australian dealerships next March priced at $170 800 ($2,000 more than the 2011 model).