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2010-10-19 07:32

GODZILLA 2.0: Nissan's improved GT-R, four years in the making, will debut next year with more engine power.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Nissan
Model GT-R
Engine 3.8l V6 twin-turbo
Power 390kW
Torque 612Nm
Nissan has released comprehensive specifications of its first major upgrade to the GT-R since launching the supercar back in December of 2007.

The new GT-R range will feature four models (as opposed to the current two). Adding to the series GT-R and headline SpecV models are two new derivatives – Club Track and Egoist.

Big power boost

Although the car’s styling remains essentially untouched, except for some ungainly LED strips around the front, the upgraded GT-R does gain a surge in engine power.

The negligible styling improvements – new bumpers fore and aft and an biger rear diffuser – add 10% more downforce at speed, a necessity considering the surge in available performance.

The GT-R’s 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 gains 33kW to a new peak of 390kW, courtesy of a better boost regime, recalibrated ECU and newfangled valve timing mechanics.

Torque swells from 588 to 612Nm and the engine cover is finished in a rather fetching circuit-shade of red.

To balance the more powerful engine Nissan has added new shock-absorbers and brake rotors to each wheel - the latter ensuring stopping ability commensurate to the upgraded GT-R’s performance.

An increased castor angle on the front suspension geometry (backed by an improved roll-centre at the rear) are claimed to shore up the GT-R’s agility and the Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tyres use a new compound structure heralding improved grip.

Track day Egoist?

The two new GT-R models – Club Track edition and Egoist – cater for rather different purposes.

True to its name, the Club Track edition is aimed specifically at driver training and track use. It will have tailored modifications for circuit use, the details of which are yet to be confirmed.

The R35 Egoist is a stylised version of the standard GT-R, embellished to look like the SpecV.

A composite rear spoiler, Rays wheels, titanium gas-exchange plumbing, quilted leather cabin trim (by German upholstery specialist Seton) and an array of surface colour options (20 in total) make the new Egoist a solution for those GT-R customers who desire the SpecV in every way except price.

The new range of GT-Rs is expected to go on sale globally during the first quarter of 2011. Expect performance figures (and Porsche-baiting Nurburgring lap-time claims) for the new GT-R from Nissan towards the end of 2010...


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