Nissan North America has on display the new 2012 Nissan GT-R at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, marking its first North American appearance. This refreshed version of one of the most popular sports car available on the market offers improvements such as improved engine output, better fuel consumption, revised handling as well as a refreshed interior.
In addition, the 2012 Nissan GT-R lineup has six versions: the "Pure edition," "Black edition," "Premium edition," "SpecV," "Club Track" and "Egoist". The version that stands out is the GT-R Egoist or the so-called M-Spec, which enables customers to choose the exact level of dynamic performance and style for their specific needs.
When it comes to the engine output, the 2012 Nissan GT-R delivers 530 hp (current model delivers 485 hp) and an impressive 612 Nm of torque from 3,200 to 6,000 rpm.
The new design features a revised front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs, a redesigned rear bumper, which boosts the rear downforce by about 10%.
Moreover, the new design also provides 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). These are both special colors.
It also features a redesigned instrument panel pad and navigation system display, together with a carbon center cluster finisher.The starting MSRPs for the 2012 Nissan GT-R are $89,950 USD and $95,100 USD for the Premium and Black Edition respectively.
Due to the additional driver weight in the right hand drive version along with the location of the front wheel propeller shaft on the right side of the car, the suspension of the Nissan GT-R was arranged asymmetrically. For the suspension on the front, a more rigid spring rate is observed on the left. For the rear suspension, the arm of the suspension was attached downwards on the right and upwards on the left.
This results to a wheel load that’s imbalanced if the vehicle is not moving. However, this imbalance is cured when driving, improving smoothness, steering feel and responsiveness, thus enhancing riding comfort and cornering stability.
Offered for the EGOIST grade and Premium Edition of the Nissan GT-R, the Nissan Carbon Ceramic Brakes can be installed to improve the responsive road hold of the car and its comfortable ride feel. This is due to the significantly-reduced weight of the spring as well as the upgraded braking performance inherent among carbon ceramics. Moreover, prices for the service parts of the pads and rotors were decreased.
The Interior Features
The elegant sensation of the tools provided in the front seat is improved by the installation of the azure lighting in the tachometer ring that complements the indicator for the shift position, adding more sophistication to the cockpit’s atmosphere.
The Rear View Camera is also a standard feature among all GT-R models.
For greater sound quality, the Bose Precision Sound System replaces the old Bose woofers for the EGOIST variant. Excellent stability and glued-to-the-ground handling even at incredibly high speeds are also expected.