Refreshed 2012 Nissan GT-R Emerges With Minor Changes

Following the flurry of recent spy shots, new images of a revised 2012 Nissan GT-R (2011 in Japan) have emerged on GT-R Blog.And although the visual changes might be minor to the eye, they are very interesting, to say the least.

According toour source in Japan, up to 13 revisions to the GT-R’s exterior have been carried out, depending on trim level. The upper front grille, for instance, has been widened for improved cooling on all editions. The canards — which are currently double-decked — will consist of three tiers on the updated model; the third row now incorporates slim LED driving lights for better high speed visibility.

GT-R Blog mentions that the deeper, more aggressive rear diffuser is said to up rear downforce by 10 percent versus today’s model. All the exterior changes reportedly amount to a slightly improved coefficient of drag from 0.272 to 0.268 Cd. Each corner sits on lighter forged aluminum wheels from famed constructor, Rays Engineering, which save a total of 26.4 pounds. There are also two new blue and black exterior colors added to the palette.

Its sources are also indicating that the base model will be called the Pure Edition, while the Premium label remains the same. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced, but the Pure trim’s Japanese market MSRP will reportedly increase 80,000 yen ($950) to 8,694,000 yen ($103,272). Upcoming Japanese GT-R customers are believed to shell out 210,000 more yen ($2494) for the 9,450,000 yen Premium edition ($112,252). For reference, a U.S. market 2011 Premium edition (the only available) retails for $85,060, including destination and handling.

But that’s not all.Previous intel has mentioned that more than 20 modifications to the powertrain and brakes will be implemented on the refreshed GT-R. Just how many of those will make it to the U.S.-spec edition is currently unclear. One of most significant is a rumor indicating the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 will make around 520 horsepower in order to better compete with the Porsche Turbo.

Here are a few of the reported 2012 GT-R modifications:

1) Recalibration of the turbo to generate more power (from 485 horsepower to roughly 520 horsepower) and readjustment of gear ratios
2) Interior modifications, including new seats
3) Fitting of underbody cooling ducts and diffusers as well as a design of the oil cooling duct
4) Recalibration of the rear suspension geometry
5) Weight-reduction efforts
6) Upgraded brakes

Expect more update and pricing information as the GT-R gets closer to its expected fall/winter Japanese debut.

Source: GT-R Blog, Motor Trend

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2012 Nissan GT-R

2012 Nissan GT-R

MSRP $89,950 Premium Coupe

0-60 MPH:

2.9 SECS


16 City / 23 Hwy

Horse Power:

530 @ 6400