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The 2013 Nissan GT-R is ready to be unleashed, with the Japanese manufacturer revealing a number of performance, ride and handling enhancements and new levels of customisation for the iconic supercar.

Nissan’s engineers used feedback from the Nissan GT-R that claimed first-in-class at this year’s Nurburgring 24-Hour race to develop the upgrades for the 2013 model.

The modifications include improved engine response in the mid to upper rev range, increased body strength and changes to the GT-R’s dampers, springs and front stabiliser.

Nissan says the changes result in significantly improved performance, high-speed stability and better ride quality.

Despite the fact that the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine’s peak outputs are unchanged at 404kW of power and 628Nm of torque, the various enhancements to the powertrain and chassis have reduced the 2013 GT-R’s 0-100km/h sprint time to just 2.7secs (down from 2.8secs for the 2012 GT-R).

Engine – Sharper mid-range engine response and improved high-end acceleration

• Higher-output injectors that more precisely control fuel injection improve mid-range engine response and acceleration at higher rpms.
• A specially developed relief valve for the turbocharger bypass suppresses the rapid decrease of forced-injection pressure, helping to sustain acceleration at high rpms.
• A specially designed baffle plate for the oil pan ensures the oil pressure is better stabilised while rotational friction within the oil pan is reduced, especially during high-performance driving.
• Motul Competition Oil is offered as an option following numerous requests from GT-R customers who frequently drive their cars at circuits.

Chassis – Glued-to-the-ground handling and rock-solid stability at high speeds

• Lowered centre of gravity thanks to revisions to the dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar
• Cam bolts on the front suspension improve camber accuracy and stability.
• Increased torque from the driveshaft to the hub bearings improves reliability in high-stress situations, such as track driving.

Body – Improved driving stability and steering response

• Reinforcements added at two locations in the dash panel bar and instrument panel member result in improved suspension performance and increased body rigidity.

Nissan will also offer the GT-R in three distinctive trims: Pure, Black and Premium editions.

The Pure Edition will get contrast stitching, as well as a thicker seam on the instrument panel and door trim.

The Black Edition is fitted with a red-and-black steering wheel, while Recaro carbon seats are available as an option.

The Premium Edition will feature a two-tone interior of Amber Red and Black in addition to hand-stitched semi-aniline leather upholstery.

All 2013 Nissan GT-R models get new seat knobs on the on the left and right sides of both front seats for added convenience, while options include a carbonfibre rear spoiler and lightweight Rays forged alloy wheels on the Black Edition, and a rear-view monitor is standard on both Black and Premium editions.

Nissan Australia will confirm the specifications of the 2013 Nissan GT-R closer to the car’s launch in February.




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