The North American GT-R Owner’s Club said that there will be numerous updates for the 2013 model year of the U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R. It was also revealed through this forum that this past weekend, Nissan had a European Press Event at the Nurburging to discuss upcoming modifications. The 2013 GT-R’s exterior will not be revised but the underbody will be tweaked to improve aerodynamics and aid cooling.
There are also rumors that the output will be raised. The modified twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6s has the potential to deliver close to 570hp.
These increases may stem from higher boost levels combined with intake and exhaust updates. The CO2 emissions level may also be lower. The vehicle is expected to receive suspension and transmission programming modifications.
According to NAGTROC, two special edition models, a Premium Black and Egoist edition, will be offered in several markets worldwide. In addition, a track edition (a twist on the GT-R formula) will only be available in right-hand-drive, and would be later sold exclusively in markets outside of North America.
These cars are offered as 2013 models in the U.S. but it’s believed that they will be released in the market late next year. It’s not yet sure what the timetable would be for a successor to the R35 chassis but it’s expected that the platform will be used for at least two more years.
The Nissan GT-R combines a number of world-class improvements into its chassis, making it much steadier and more powerful. The increased performance is attributed to the design team’s engineering prowess which enabled downforce to be increased by 10% and the drag co-efficient to drop from 0.27 to 0.26.
The larger bumper and grille come with a distinct 3D effect which allows for an improvement in stability.
Changes to the front bumper, in particular the rectifier fins, have given Nissan the improvements in downforce. At the same time, developments in the engine compartment have meant that air flow can be used to cool the front brakes.
Daytime LED lights have been fitted to either side which now produces a piercing white light while the redesigned rear bumper allows for a lower centre of gravity of the vehicle. The aerodynamics continue to be improved with an extension of the rear diffuser which allows for a reduction in air resistance and underfloor cooling which also affects the rear exhaust silencer.
Rear downforce has been increased by the installation of a rear bumper and additional changes include enlarged tailpipe finishers and a set of LED fog lamps which is now inside the rear diffuser.
The final touch to the exterior of the Nissan GT-R is the choice in colour options. A rich Daytona Blue is replacing Titanium Grey while Metallic Black takes the place of Kuro Black.
The interior changes include the navigation system display and there is no mistaking the incredible feeling of quality on display. Carbon finishing comes as standard on the heater control panel and all switches are available in an exquisite matte black. Finally chrome is available on the console and air-conditioning units with a selection of sporty black or a smokey-coating finish.