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Nissans sharpens up GT-R!

2008-12-09 10:51
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Nissan
Model GT-R
Engine 3.8l twin-turbo V6
Power 356kW
Torque 588Nm
Transmission Six-speed DCT
Zero To Hundred 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 315km/h
The Orient’s most notorious supercar, Nissan’s GT-R, has just been upgraded for European buyers.

With its all conquering Nurburgring lap times and effortless ability to bamboozle the laws of physics, the GT-R was hardly in need of dynamic sharpening. Despite this, Euro zone customers (who have placed 2500 orders to date, nearly half from the UK) are set to benefit from some technical improvements.

Nissan calls it a simple application of kaizen – continuous improvement – though we think it’s just another opportunity to infuriate European manufacturers. 

GT-R’s hand-built 3.8l V6 twin-turbo engine benefits from ECU reprogramming, raising power output to 356kW, which is quite elementary considering the current car is rated at 353kW – allegedly.

Dynamically the most significant change concerns the four contact surfaces. Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tyres will be fitted as standard now; and they’re the same items responsible for the 7 minutes and 29 seconds worth of Nurburgring magic which happened earlier this year, in April, and has seen Porsche engineers spend most of their weekends at the office since.

To ensure Porsche technical staff have a miserable festive season, GT-R suspension spring rate settings have been modified too.

Wheel revisions have seen gun metal RAYS mags now fitted to GT-R and Premium editions, whilst black RAYS alloy wheels are, unsurprisingly, standard for the Black Edition.


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