The updated 2012 Nissan GT-R has once again seen a vast array of improvements over the model it replaces. With 404kW of power (up from 390kW) and 628Nm of torque (up from 612Nm), the almighty GT-R has officially broken the three-second barrier, now catapulting from 0-100km/h in a staggering 2.8 seconds.

That makes it faster than the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin DBS and even the Porsche 911 Turbo. Not bad for a Nissan.

The model year 2012 improvements are mostly under the skin but are nonetheless extensive. The engine is enhanced with significantly improved intake and exhaust efficiency, more precise matching of the ports of the intake manifold and cylinder head, new metallic sodium filled exhaust valves and a smaller and lighter underfloor catalyser. Meanwhile the legendary 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now runs a leaner air/fuel ratio, optimising the valve and ignition timing. But despite the increase in power and torque (not to mention better acceleration times), fuel usage has actually dropped from 12.0L/100km to 11.7L/100km.

Much like the considerably more expensive supercars it competes against, the Nissan GT-R’s engine is not a mass-produced unit, with only eight people in the world authorised to build the engine. Each VR38DETT engine is built from beginning to end by one of the eight engineers with extreme attention to detail.

The Nissan GT-R’s six-speed dual clutch transmission, which we had criticised in the past for being a little clunky and noisy, has also seen further refinement with a strengthened design of the shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. Nissan is also supplying all new GT-R’s with new competition type differential oil (Type 2189E – 75W140).

Specially designed Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres are a new addition, while Nissan has improved the body strength with more reinforcement for the engine compartment and dashboard.

On the inside the new Nissan GT-R is pretty much identical to the 2011 model, except for the addition of blue lighting inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light and a rear view camera, which is now standard. Audiophiles will be pleased that Nissan Australia has elected to take the Bose precision sound system woofers that were built for the EGOIST grade GT-R (not available in Australia), which means the door speakers and woofer in the centre rear are now mounted on a solid aluminium die cast panel for less vibration.

Now you may be thinking that all these changes are going to add a fair bit to the price. Not so, the price increase for the 2012 Nissan GT-R is a mere $2000. For $170,800 you can buy a supercar capable of playing in a league far outside its price realm.

Read: Nissan GT-R Review.

  • zanzi

    i like how the article says “For $170,800 you can buy a supercar capable of playing in a league far outside its price realm.”

    Yeah more like 200k drive away. Like 170k is supposed to sound cheap anyhow?

    In this country you still need to be rich to buy and own a GTR, and if I was rich I’d much rather drive in the more expensive european supercars even if they’re a second slower to 100

    • MrZ33

      And $200-500 thousand dollars more expensive? GT-R for me thanks! Sure it’s not an Italian supercar but hell, it’s faster and probably a hell of a lot more reliable!

      • zanzi

        point is the gtr is apparently marketed as an affordable super car, and in Australia that’s not the case (unless you’re rich)

        • Nick2012

          The GTR is definitely more affordable than other supercars. The $380,000 R8 does 3.9 sec to 100 km/hr. The $470,000 Mercedes SLS AMG is a 4.2 sec supercar. The Porsche 911 Turbo does 3.1 sec, and is $370,000 plus options. In the USA the GTR is US$90,000. Here $170,000. The Mercedes AMG C63 Black Series is also US$90,000 in the USA, yet Mercedes Australia sells it here for $245,000 (& yet it is a sell-out). So in context compared to other cars/supercars we need to be very happy that the GTR is a Nissan.


    in the states its half that, and THE KING!!!

  • Dudeface

    I applaud Nissan on building this, what I consider an engineering masterpiece. I can’t help but compare it to another Japanese supercar, the Lexus LF-A… extremely overpriced and not as capable as the GTR… Nissan is definitely king of this hill!

  • Mihaita Bamburic

    0-100 in 2.8 is false. All tests prove the 2013MY GT-R is slower than the Porsche Turbo S. That is, all magazines that test cars, not paste the time from Nissan.

    • Nick2012

      I agreed that the claim does not match local performance tests. Just of interest, in June 2011, at Sydney Dragway, the 394 kw GTR was fractionally slower than the current 390 kw Porsche Turbo S for the quarter mile. The GTR was 11.64 sec and the Porsche 11.04 sec. $170,000 verses $425,000. It will be interesting how the 404 kw model goes. Nevertheless, the GTR is an exceptional car for it’s price.

    • JHP

      that figure could be different, coz each GT-R engines are hand built, and each engines could have different horse power, one could have more than 404kw, or less.
      that guy who wrote magazine article must’ve got the one with lower engine output.

      • AndyGF

        Do you really think that those cars (specifically and generally) 0-100 time has anything to do with its ‘engine output’?

        Even with far less power, and even stickier tires, given a gearbox and clutch strong enough, and launched hard enough it would break traction at stand still easily!

        Most of the time depending on cars configuration, the ECU only begins to allow delivery of peak power well into second or third gear. What makes the difference 0-100 is the ECU and gearbox, and according to the article, this newer version has “seen further refinement with a strengthened design”.

        Oh, in the old days engines (especially normally aspirated) power outputs used to vary dramatically from engine to engine, a by-product of un-selective assembly (which this car, and most others in its performance bracket is not)… The GTR has been born of the modern turbo era, where the ECU regulates exactly how much air/fuel gets into the motor, with each cylinders knock, timing and fuelling managed independently. LOAD on a normal turbo engine is calculated to well within less than 0.5% discrepancy. The power they claim (or the engineer wants), is extremely close to what you actually get…

        If there is any variation in testing, its either been configured to deliver more, or is not accurately measured (very easy on a dyno if you know how), or the test conditions are different (tire grip at many drag strips is higher than almost all roads, and weather conditions, even winds which blow dust onto the track surface can dramatically change the outcome.)

        • Zaki Mohzani

          Another missing variable in your post is traction control :), they manage the slip

  • sam

    I dont want to sound like a knob, but here goes.

    I often wonder if GT-R have the kind of running costs one can associate with a supercar, such as expensive (eyewatering) servicing costs, spare parts and Insurance? They have been out for a few years now so there should be quite a bit of infor out there but it seems a bit hard to get at.

    The thing is, I could almost afford to buy one, and if I did, I would want to use it every day.  But if its going to cost me an arm and a leg every six months for a service and $10,000 a year for insurance for example, then I would be less likely to think about it seriously. 

    But the Nissan seems to have broken the supercar mould and I am wondering if it has broken part that says supercars cost a small fortune to keep on the road…..

    If anyone out there owns one, can you give me your account on what its like to own cash wise?  Is it a money pit because of unexpected costs, excluding speeding tickets!?  Has it been reliable?  Do the people at Nissan service it properly and well?   Do you wish you had bought something else?

    • Robot

      Running costs are expensive..

      My 2009 has now done 50000k and I have never had a service less than $2200.

      Tyres have been problematic in that I have recevied 2 punctures and due to such tight tolerances of the car and the tread need to change all 4 tyres at $900 each.

      Insurance is around $2500 for me as a rating 1 and over 25 with clean record.

      You need to shop around though as I have quoted as high as $13000k.

      My dealer sticks to the warranty terms and conditions like a lawyer and the general dealer experience is average and you are treated as a average customer.

      In comparison my other current model brand car which carry’s a cheap to maintain and the dealer treats me and other owners I know like royalty.

      Car has been trouble free apart from some brake issues at the start..which Nissan washed their hands of..even though it would be described as a manufacturing or design fault.

      In summary..a remarkable car for it’s price but ongoing costs are high and dealer experience low.

      • H Furniture

         Can you tell us about your other car with the V10, which make and model is it.

        • Robot

           R8 Coupe

          • James H Furniture

             The R8 must be a brilliant car to own and drive.

          • horsie

            Robot. what are you waisting time posting comments here. if i had that kind of cash i would be banging a port star right now!

          • Rock Star

            Re comment below..

            Appears as though Horsie has tall poppie syndrome.

            And doesn’t he know that woman are ultimately more expensive than cars and you don’t get a warranty or trade in value

  • JJ

    Still one hell of an ugly looking car.

    I do like how they have stuck to their roots though and kept the interior from the 1980′s……..

  • John

    I do think 2.8 sounds a bit pie in the sky however it will easily do low 3′s all day now because Nissan has introduced it into Oz with fully warrantied launch control. The previous models had no launch control here because nissan would not warranty it. I know people go on about it being slower than the turbo S but who cares? The turbo S is over $420k. Spend the $250k difference on the GTR on brakes, suspension, tuning upgrades and then see what happens. In the UK a businessman profiled in EVO mag has a 780hp GTR which has cracked the 1/4 mile in just over 10 secs. There is alot of potential in a GTR for still less money than any 911!

    • Jerome

      There are a fair few of AMS Alpha 12 GT-Rs out and about with 1300hp, the new Alpha Omega kit has 1600hp and have run a best time of 8.6sec 1/4mile so far. Pretty amazing for a full interior everyday drivable street car. 

    • Garyemtb

      To all those with doubt , Supra Series TX2TK12 – Lone Star Motor Sports Park March17&18 race ,15 of these cars came and took us by surprise . I’m the tech officel and to say I was amazed is an understatement , stock GTR ran 10.86 in the 1/4 mile @146.52 mph just driven off the street. I saw others in different upgrades run deep into the 9 second range & some ran into the mid 8′s . All cars where driven to the track and where drive home after the race ! Huh some still had paper plates not even lic. Yet Texas Rules what a day. Gary The Tech Guy.

      • Thrillhouse

        I have a hard time believing this spiel when you can’t spell your own job title correctly.

  • Rory

    Hi All

    This new one looks brilliant, a new level of performance compared to my 2010. Servicing costs have been great at Campbelltown Nissan, on minor services $600 maximum on majors hits just over 1k. I only use on weekend and get it serviced every six months. The car in reality is not that expensive and you just need to know were to go for tyres.No Porsche can be compared, these things are half the price to buy and service

    • Springvale Boi

      A $600 oil change compared to a $5,000 Ferrari oil change is cheap.

  • Guest_00

    Actually the Skyline GTR have always been better than most other super cars, even 20 or 30 years ago. It’s just that Renault have recently been marketing the GTR.

  • m1n1s1n


    Hands down the best bang for buck you can get!

  • Deegs

    Relatively cheap? Yes! Cheap? No! Hell of a car for the money….
    Alborz Fallah, I want your job…..

  • Gus

    you can get one for $90,000 
    USD in the good ol’ U, S and A. F*** YOU GILLARD and KRUDD for lifting luxury car tax as well as all the other BS taxes theyve shafted us with

    • Mighty Boy

      Good riddance and don’t come back…don’t forget to pay your departure tax.

  • Mighty Boy

    Gus,why don’t you F*** off to USA. Car maybe cheaper but don’t expect a first class health service.
    We are so much better off in Australia IMO

    • Tom

      Not to mention he can enjoy working for minimum wage of ~$7 an hour. And although I am not a fan of either, I don’t see what Gillard or Rudd have to do with this, cars have always been more expensive in Oz than OS, and the LCT doesn’t come close to covering the difference. 

    • Gus

      definitely will leave this bogan inbred cesspool dump once ive reaped all the benefits of the mining boom. so go back to reading commodore articles and bludging off of this robin hood government


    Does Nissan have nothing else to do? Why is there an updated GT-R every 3 days…