2013 Nissan GT-R makes its debut in Europe

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2012

Nissan unveiled today the 2013 model year GT-R for the European market and announced that its four-wheel drive supercar will go on sale next Spring. As expected, the car received some important updates but the most important are found under the hood.

The 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine receives new high-output injectors that control fuel injection to improve mid-range and high-rpm response, a new relief valve for the turbocharger bypass but also a new oil pan that helps maintain more stable oil pressure and reduces rotational friction especially during high-performance driving.

As a result, the engine, that delivers 550 PS, can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.7 seconds (2012MY GT-R achieved the same speed in 2.8 seconds).

Moreover, the car is even faster on the Nurburgring, lapping the famous racetrack in 7min 19.1 seconds. According to Kazutoshi Mizuno, creator of the GT-R, the car is capable of a 7min 18.6 seconds lap but 0.5 seconds were lost to traffic on that hot lap. Still, this is an improvement comparing it to the 2012MY GT-R that is capable of 7min 21 seconds.

The updates don’t stop here as the suspension set-up was also updated with revisions to the dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar to lower the centre of gravity.

New cam bolts have been installed on the front suspension to improve camber accuracy and stability when cornering. Reinforcements were also added to the dash panel bar and instrument panel member resulting in increased body rigidity and better suspension control.

Already considered to be at the top of its range, Nissan put a reworked engine inside the 2013 GT-R. This twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine is capable of 550PS and is able to deliver enhanced responses starting from the mid rev range going all the way to the upper range. This is not all as the brand also made changes to the front anti-roll bar, the springs, and even the dampers.

As such, traction is improved with stability being better even when at high speeds. In addition, the driver experience is taken to new heights with the ride made more refined. Through the GT-R, Nissan is always able to show what it can offer in terms of the latest technology. Almost all of the improvements made were taken from data that was gathered during the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race held in Germany.

It was during this particular race that GT-R managed to compete with two GT-R models that were near-production. Compared to the 2012 version, the 2013 GT-R can go from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) quicker by 0.1 second at 2.7 seconds. This redesigned model has also shown that it can run even faster during the Nürburgring. While undergoing testing back in May 2012, the new GT-R managed to run the lap with a time of 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds.

However, GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno said that around 0.5 second has in fact been lost due to the traffic. This means that when running solo on the track, it could have run with a time of 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds.

The 2012 GT-R could run the same lap in 7 minutes and 21 seconds. Nissan said that with sharper handling, better stability, and faster response times, the new GT-R will be available in both Japan and Europe this 2013. However, this iconic performance vehicle will only be released in the U.S. by 2014.

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