2011 Tokyo Auto Salon Preview: Nissan GT-R wide body kit by Axell Auto

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 28, 2010

If you were looking for a wide body kit for the Nissan GT-R, today must be your lucky day as Axell Auto released the first photos with their new masterpiece developed for the so-called ‘Godzilla’.

Set to make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, the new car comes with a new carbon fiber front hood, a completely new front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs and big air intakes, enlarged fenders, new side sills as well as new mirror covers.

The rear end is also impressive as we can find enlarged rear fenders, a big carbon fiber rear trunk spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser and exhaust system.

Regarding the engine upgrades we don’t have any details yet, but we do know that the 2012 Nissan GT-R comes with an upgraded version of the 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine, delivering 530 hp (old model delivers 485 hp) and 612 Nm of torque from 3,200 to 6,200 rpm (old model delivers 588 Nm).

Moreover, the new GT-R has a better coefficient of drag, reduced from 0.27 to 0.26. Six exterior colors are offered, including two new colors: Meteo Flake Black Pearl (2P) and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (2P).

Ever since the 2011 Nissan GT-R was first shown to the public during the Tokyo Motor Show held in October 2007, it has managed to captivate many people as an accessible supercar. The exterior shows more stability and strength. It also manages to upgrade the standard creative flair as expected from the GT-R in order to have better aerodynamics.

This improved design is complemented by an interior that is sportier. The reason for all these changes is that the 2011 GT-R was developed and founded on the theme of having the 'World's best multi-performance and pleasure of responsive driving'.

The design was not the only thing that has been improved as some features also have enhancements. Take the front suspension for example. Its spring, the shock absorber, and even stabilizer, have all been adjusted in order to enhance the tyre’s vertical load response.

Its front caster angle meanwhile is increased from 5°35 and is now 6°00. The result is that it offers stability when driving in a straight line and enhances the road-holding ability of the tyres especially when steering. Even the performance of its rear suspension toe has been improved.

This is a result of putting its roll centre height in a position that is lower compared to the previous models. What this does is provide a better grip of the tyre’s inside edge and is helpful when the vehicle is undergoing turning motions.

A new component in the 2011 GT-R is the free-piston shock absorber made of aluminum. This shock absorber helps produce more damping force in order to give a more stable road-holding plus a load shift that is able to respond immediately to the input of the driver.

Since there is also lower shock absorber friction, this allows the 2011 GT-R to have a smoother ride. In order to increase the life span of its front brake discs, a larger diameter disc (Φ390+10mm) has been fitted to it. This was made specifically by Nissan in order to provide more resistance to fade when the vehicle is driven hard and at high temperatures.

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