Godzilla Goes Faster: 2012 Nissan GT-R Grabs a 7:24 Lap at the Nurburgring

Whether Nissan hasn't had time yet to post an official Nürburgring lap time with its 2012 GT-R or it simply has no intention of doing so, the Japanese automaker claims that there is no "official" 'Ring time available. That said, a source within Nissan has confirmed that an upcoming Japanese customer brochure pegs a consistent time of 7 minutes, 24 seconds in wet conditions around the 14-mile circuit.

So how does a 7:24 run stack up? Initially, when the car was launched in December 2007, Nissan claimed a time of 7:29 - a time that was dropped a year later to 7:26 with the help of some new shoes. That run was set in the dry, so a time of two seconds quicker in the wet is nothing to sneeze at. Keep in mind though, that Porsche's new 911 GT2 RS has once again snagged 'Ring bragging rights with a time of 7:18.

Still, GT-R chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno claims that even though a Club Sport version of the car is in the works, it should be the standard GT-R's performance that gets the publicity.

"We are developing the GT-R for owners and not for race drivers, and therefore the standard model will be what we continue to do," Mizuno told us. "The customer should be communicated what is the performance capability of the popular, standard model, not in a special edition. There is no meaning in communicating the special edition speed."

Changes to the 2012 GT-R include a slight power bump to the VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, now making 520 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. With the increase in output comes an increase in fuel economy as well as a decrease in emissions. Subtle suspension and aerodynamic tweaks make the 2012 GT-R more sure-footed and drop the drag coefficient while increasing downforce.

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