Nissan GT-R for 2012
raises the bar (again)
28th March, 2011
resets 0-100 km/h time to 3 seconds
12th December, 2010
9th November, 2011
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of the
2012 model year Nissan GT-R. The new model goes on sale in Australia next March priced at $170,800*.
Significant improvements to the engine, chassis and transmission accentuate the pure performance
potential of the GT-R are the key changes to Nissan's flagship model for the 2012 model year.
At a glance:
- More power (404 kW), improved economy and lower emissions
- Unique asymmetric suspension settings on right-hand drive cars
- Enhanced transmission shift feel
- Special race tuned oils used in differential
- Body strengthened for even greater handling finesse
- New Bose® Precision Sound System woofers
- Rear view camera now standard
When it was launched, the iconic Nissan GT-R provided a new type of super car. Performance and
handling were exceptional, of course, but more importantly the car's potential was accessible to all
drivers under all conditions. It was greeted with universal praise but Nissan's policy of constant
development means the GT-R continues to evolve.
The latest version is the most efficient yet. It offers even greater performance but this is allied
to improved economy and lower emissions to provide further excitement to drivers and passengers.
As well as more power, the 2012 Nissan GT-R has a newly developed asymmetric suspension which
compensates for greater weight on the driver's side in RHD models, enhanced transmission ‘feel' and a
stronger body for extra rigidity and ever better handling.
By improving the GT-R's engine efficiency, its fuel economy has been decreased from 12 litres to
11.8 litres/100 kms, while engine output rises significantly from 390 kW to 404 kW from 6,400 rpm with
maximum torque of from 612 to 632 Nm from 3,200 to 5,800 rpm.
Engine response and torque at mid- and low-speeds, and power at high revolutions, has been
significantly improved, mainly due to:
- Improved intake efficiency
- Better air flow resistance, which has been reduced by the addition of an intake manifold fitted to
the head of each unit and the use of resin in the enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler
- Improved exhaust emissions efficiency and enhanced control
- Reduced air flow resistance thanks to a more compact under floor catalyser which improves emissions
efficiency and reduces weight
- Improved exhaust valve cooling performance by the adoption of a newly-designed metallic
sodium-filled valve. At the same time, valve control timing, the air mixture ratio and ignition timing
have been improved
Shift feels and quietness has been refined thanks to a strengthened design of the shift fork arm
and a firmer fixing bearing for the flywheel housing. A special differential oil R35 COMPETITION Type
2189E (75W140), which was developed for competition is now used in every version of GT-R.
As well as greater power and torque, the reinforcing of certain areas around the rear part of the
engine compartment and dash panel deliver more responsive handling while a greater sense of the
vehicle's grip on the road is transmitted to the driver.
At the same time, more precise production methods, accompanied by advancements made in the vehicle
body, have improved the inter-vehicle detection capability. This was achieved by changes in the
positioning of the sensor and more rigid, highly-damped vehicle body, and by adding a more accurate
acceleration sensor in areas with higher sensitivity in the vibration testing of each vehicle body.
Suspension and brakes
Accounting for the added weight of the driver in a right-hand drive vehicle coupled to the fact that
the propeller shaft for front wheels is located on the right side of the vehicle; the GT-R's suspension
in RHD versions has been set asymmetrically. For the front suspension, there's 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. This means an imbalanced wheel load when the car is stationary, but which is
equalised during driving, providing improved responsiveness, smoothness and steering feel, as well as
enhanced cornering stability and riding comfort (for RHD only).
The quality feel of the instruments placed in front of the driver have been enhanced by the addition
of blue lighting inside the tachometer ring to match the shift position indicator light giving a more
sophisticated atmosphere in the 'cockpit'.
Rear View Camera device will be standard.
The Bose® sound system woofers, have been changed to Bose® Precision Sound System woofers that were
developed for the EGOIST grade to further enhance sound quality.
With the latest 2012MY version, the legend that is the Nissan GT-R continues to evolve.
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.