2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 makes official debut

Article by Christian A., on November 13, 2012

Nissan Motorsports International announced the official release of the 2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. For those who don’t know, the 2012MY GT-R Nismo GT3 brought back race victories from across the globe as the vehicle outperformed the competition at this year's SUPER GT series (GT 300 class), Super Taikyu (GT3 class), British GT Championship and GT Cup.

The 2013 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 was developed using the valuable data brought back from these races and the most significant improvements were made to the engine performance and durability, aerodynamics, brake balance, suspension and the gear ration in order to optimize engine output increase.

The aerodynamics were enhanced using canards that were added to the front and the front fender louvers. According to Nissan, the 2013 GT-R Nismo GT3 orders will be accepted from November 13.

If the orders will exceed production capacity, Nismo will retain the right to make final decisions on order fulfillment.

Specifications of the 2013 Model, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3: Length: 4,780 mm; Width: 2,036 mm; Weight: 1,300 kg; Engine Model: VR38DETT; Displacement: 3,799cc; Power: 405kw or higher @ 6,500rpm (550ps or higher @ 6,500rpm; Torque: 637N・m or higher @ 5,000rpm (65.0kgf・m or higher @ 5,000rpm; Wheels (Fr/Rr): 13.0J X 18.

The 2013 iteration of Nissan’s very own Godzilla – the Nissan GT-R -- is coming to Europe and Japan with better levels of stability, handling and responsiveness. Parked underneath its dynamic looking hood is a revised 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that doesn’t only deliver 550 PS of output, but also offers greater responses from the mid and upper rpm limits.

For the 2013 model year, the new Nissan GT-R features modified dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar – all of which contribute to Godzilla’s high-speed stability and better traction as well as greater driving experience and a more refined ride. Overall refinement allowed the new GT-R to sprint from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in just 2.7 seconds, or around 0.1 second quicker than its predecessors.

In a more definitive test of performance, the 2013 GT-R completed the Nürburgring circuit faster than the previous model, clocking 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds during a test in May 2012. According to GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno, half a second was lost to traffic during that test, which means that the 2013 version of the Godzilla could complete the lap in 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, which is better than the lap time of the previous GT-R (7 minutes and 21 seconds).

As Nissan’s flagship, the GT-R has always been fitted with the carmaker’s latest technology. In fact, the changes made on the new GT-R were based on data generated during the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race, in which two near-production GT-R models were fielded.

With a lineage spanning more than four decades ago, the Nissan GT-R has been regarded as a four-wheel-drive super-coupé that could challenge even supercars. It boasts aggressive and dynamic styling and performance – both of which get better each year.

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