Nissan has given its benchmark super coupe – the GT-R – yet another set of tweaks for the next model year.
Horsepower is rated at 550hp from the GT-R’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine, while its 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time is 2.7 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the current 2012 GT-R. Another astonishing number is without doubt the time it takes to get around the Nurburgring race track – 7min 19.1 seconds. Like before, it makes use of a six-speed double-clutch transmission and a clever all-wheel drive system.
The engine now has new high-output injectors to help improve engine response at mid- and high-rpm ranges. There is also a new relief valve for the turbocharger bypass to help maintain boost, as well as a new oil pan baffle to maintain good oil pressure during spirited driving.
The suspension has also been revised for 2013 – re-tuning the shock absorbers, springs, and front anti-roll bar to lower the centre of gravity. The camber has been fettled with too; the front suspension now has new cam bolts for better accuracy and stability while cornering. Finally, the torque carrying capacity of the driveshafts to the hub bearing has been increased, taking reliability at on-the-limit driving into consideration.
Nissan’s Kazutoshi Mizuno believes that the 2013 GT-R lost 0.5 seconds when setting its current Nurburgring lap time thanks to traffic – meaning that it could do a 7min 18.6 second lap. The 2013 GT-R will be on sale by spring next year.