Report: 2012 Nissan GT-R Receives Revised Launch Control Function

On page 5-31 of a reported 2012 Nissan GT-R owner’s manual, Nissan outlines what it calls the “R Mode Start Function,” or in other words, launch control. Should the lengthy digitized book be official, every street legal sports car (save for the Bugatti Veyron) had better think twice before challenging the GT-R in a straight line battle.

Nissan killed launch control in previous model years for reasons pertaining to powertrain longevity. For model year 2012, they’ve developed a program that allows drivers to achieve, or get close to, the 3.046 second 0-62 mph testing times set at Sendai Highland Raceway in Japan.

Activating the R Mode Start Function is simple, really. While completely stopped, drivers must depress and hold the brake, then floor the gas. Wait until the revs mount to 4000 rpm, let go of the brake, and prepare to be Godzilla’d.

Some stipulations: using the mode necessitates the transmission and coolant temperatures be in their ideal ranges; and once launched four times in a row, the ECU disables the mode in order to protect vital components (like the dual-clutch gearbox).

Click the provided images for Nissan’s reported write-up.


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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