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Nissan reveals details & video of 2012 GT-R

Yet more power for the Japanese giant-killer...

When it was released in 2007, the Nissan GT-R (affectionately but not officially known as the R35) came with a stated 478 bhp, a trick 4WD system and performance to shame most supercars twice the price. Then in 2010 Nissan surprised everyone by upgrading the GT-R to an astounding 520 bhp, increasing the performance even more so.

Well for 2012 Nissan have decided to give customers even more and now the GT-R has had even more engine modifications. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine now has an output of 542 bhp and 488lb-ft of torque putting it squarely in the realms of supercar power outputs. What is more amazing is that by adding 22 bhp they also increase fuel economy slightly.

This gives the GT-R performance to match almost any car on sale. 0-60 mph takes a staggeringly short 2.75 seconds - a match for the Bugatti Veyron no less. 0-100 mph and top speed stats haven't been released yet, but expect the dash to 100 mph to take around 7 seconds and top speed to nudge ever closer to 200 mph.

Also new on the 2013 Nissan GT-R is an asymmetrical suspension set-up for right-hand drive models which compensates for greater weight on the driver's side of the vehicle. The gearbox, driver and steering rack all sit over to the right on RHD cars putting c.50kg of weight off centre, so Nissan have decided to alter the suspension geometry and damping settings to compensate. This is an incredible level of detail and can only be commended. Performance is also improved by means of added rigidity in the body for better handling and a smoother transmission.

For the first time, buyers will also be able to specify an optional "Track Pack". It features revised suspension settings, extra front and rear brake cooling, lighter aluminium alloy wheels, and a front spoiler with an exclusively made carbon air duct. Weight for this edition has also been cut by eliminating the rear seats with quilted fabric mats instead. It is based on the Spec V car, but brings it in as an option.

The 2012 model gets some slightly improved interior materials, along with redesigned Bose system subwoofers and a rear view camera as standard.

We can't wait to see what this new model can do around the fabled Nürburgring and see what the real world performance stats are when we get our hands on one. Rest assured we'll bring you the verdict as soon as we can.

Images and video courtesy of Nissan

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more