There aren’t many cars on the planet faster than the 2012 Nissan GT-R, except perhaps the 2013 GT-R. Predictably, the forthcoming model has been blessed with a number of modifications that boost speed to improbable levels.
Nissan’s hand-built 550bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo unit now promises improved responsiveness in the mid and upper rev ranges, bringing the 0-62mph down to 2.7 seconds from the 2012 edition’s 2.8 seconds.
The bump in responsiveness is thanks to a new relief valve for the turbochargers that suppresses any sudden decrease in injection pressure, a redesigned oil pan to keep oil pressure stable and minimise friction and new high-output fuel injectors that ensure more precise control of juice to the engine.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R is supposedly more able in the handling department, too, lapping the Nurburgring in a claimed 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds (three seconds quicker than the outgoing model), and rigidity has been improved thanks to a new anti-roll bar and reinforcements made to the dashboard and instrument panels.
According to Nissan, the cars dampers and springs have been fettled in order to ensure the improved handling doesn’t come at the expense of ride quality. With a lower of centre of gravity, the new GT-R is still going to grip like it’s on rails, pressing your face up against the window like it did before.
It doesn’t look as if there have been any aesthetic changes, but the GT-R has always been suitably aggressive looking and the interior offers you all the gadgets you could ever want, including a G-force meter
Nissan will reveal more details, including the price, nearer the latest GT-R’s launch in the spring of 2013.