Boasting more power, subtle interior and exterior styling tweaks as well as chassis updates and a new "Black Edition" model, the U.S.-spec 2012 Nissan GT-R made its North American debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
As far as street-cred goes, few cars can equal the Nissan GT-R. So, it's only normal that every new version finds the fans holding their breath, wondering what are those crazy Japanese going to do next. Add more power, that's what.
The 2012 U.S.-spec model squeezes 530 ponies out of the 3.8-liter twin turbo V6, also known as the VR38DETT, and 488 lb-ft (662 Nm) of asphalt shredding torque – all without any heavy modifications. Engineers fiddled a bit with the boost pressure, gave the valve timing a mild makeover and optimized the air mixture ratio. That sounds like half of a Japanese workday. OK, one full day, if we acknowledge the improved aerodynamics as well.
The front fascia was modestly refreshed and now features double rectifier fins, which optimize the airflow around the supercar's nose. The air intakes are bigger, too, and more efficient in cooling the engine and the front brakes.
We don't know yet how these changes are going to affect performance, 'cause Nissan is all too secretive about official figures, but you really don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that this car will be very, very fast, given its history.
Visually , the new LED running lights deserve a mention, accompanied by the plated inner headlight panels, which according to Nissan, enhance the GT-R's presence. In total, six exterior colors are available, including two brand-spanking new: the Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black.
Inside we find minor appointments in the form of new carbon fiber trim and updated materials.
The 10-spoke 20-inch RAYS alloys represent the finishing touch, featuring a near black finish and some innovative solutions. For instance, the knurling inside the wheels was modified to prevent the tires from slipping around them under heavy acceleration or braking.
As for the "Black Edition", it features some unique treats such as the red-trimmed Recaro seats, a dark headliner plus a different set of new RAYS rims, with a 6-spoke design.
When sales will begin early next year, the starting MSRPs will be $89,950 for the Premium and $95,100 for the Black Edition.
By Csaba Daradics