Deliveries of 2012 Nissan GT-R to the US are delayed due to earthquake in Japan

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 16, 2011

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, carmakers are assessing just how much their operations are affected. Shipments of the 2012 Nissan GT-R to the US have encountered delays; however, the full impact is still being assessed.

According to an InsideLine report, Nissan North America has a "sufficient supply" of the facelifted model already in the country, but it declined to give an exact number.

David Reuter, Nissan North America vice president of corporate communications, would only say that it has a “comfortable amount.”

Nissan has six facilities in Japan that were damaged due to the earthquake. One of those is the Japanese Tochigi Plant, where the GT-R is built.

Operations at this facility have been suspended until this Friday. In a statement, Nissan said that there may be delays in the shipment of some Infiniti models and Nissan GT-R and 370Z to the U.S. and Canada.

But he pointed out that a batch of LEAFs electric cars were able to depart from Japan before the earthquake struck.

When the iconic GT-R was launched, a new type of super car was created. Certainly, it has exceptional handling and performance but most important of all, the car’s potential can be accessed by any driver under any type of situations. While it received praises all across the globe, the constant development policy of Nissan meant that the GT will continue to evolve. The latest release, which will be available in Europe come January 2012, is considered as the most efficient model ever to be created.

Aside from delivering an even greater performance, it offers better fuel economy and reduced emissions. More powerful than before, the 2012 Nissan GT-R comes with a newly built asymmetric suspension, which offsets the heavier weight on the driver’s side, a sense of improved transmission plus a more powerful body for better handling and additional rigidity.

In addition, a new "For TRACK PACK" edition (presently available in Japan, UK and other markets) is coming and it inherits the Spec-V model’s DNA and transforms the Nissan GT-R into a lightweight 2-seater for an optimal trackday performance.

The engine efficiency of the Nissan GT-R's has been improved, decreasing its fuel consumption from 12 L/100 Kms to 11.8 L/100 Kms and significantly increasing its engine output from 390kW to 404kW or 550PS from 6,400rpm as well as its maximum torque of 612 Nm to 632 Nm or 64.5kgfm from 3,200 rpm to 5,800 rpm.

Its engine response, as well as torque at mid-speeds and low-speeds, plus its power at high revolutions has considerably improved, mostly because of:

  • Better intake efficiency;
  • It has improved air flow resistance that has been reduced by adding an intake manifold built-in to the head of every unit and using resin inside the enlarged intercooler air intake duct.
  • Enhanced control and improved exhaust emissions efficiency
  • It has reduced air flow resistance because of a smaller under floor catalyzer that reduces weight and enhances emissions efficiency.
  • The cooling performance of exhaust valve has improved after adopting a newly-designed metallic sodium-filled valve. The air mixture ratio, ignition timing and valve control timing have also been enhanced.

The quietness and shift feels are more refined due to the shift fork arm’s strengthened design and the flywheel housing, which has a more rigid fixing bearing. All Nissan GT-R versions now use the Type 2189E (75W140) R35 COMPETITION, a differential oil specially developed for competition.

In addition to more power and torque, reinforcing some areas near the rear portion of the dash panel and engine compartment provides more responsive handling whereas there is a greater feel of the car’s grip on the road. Simultaneously, more accurate production techniques, coupled with upgrades on the body of the vehicle, have improved the capability of the inter-vehicle detection.

This was accomplished by changing the placement of the sensor and having a firmer, highly-damped body as well as including a more precise acceleration sensor in highly sensitive areas during the vibration testing of every vehicle body.

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