When details about the 2012 Nissan GT-R began leaking a few months back, I’ll admit that I was less than impressed. At first, it sounded like Godzilla would get a few interior and exterior tweaks, and maybe a few more ponies under the hoods, but that would be it. Instead of just a brief, mid-cycle refresh, however, Nissan’s engineers have thrown some major changes at the 2012 GT-R, changes that have very real and tangible benefits. Horsepower, for example, is increased from 485 in the 2011 version to 530 in the 2012 version. Carscoop tells us that this makes the car a full one-half second quicker to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) than the car it replaces, which is an absolutely huge performance gain. The outgoing model hit 100 kph in 3.5 seconds, while the 2012 model does it in 3.0.
In addition to 45 more horsepower, the 2012 GT-R gets improved aerodynamics, which increase downforce by 10% while reducing drag from 0.27 to 0.26. The revised bodywork also aids stability by reducing air resistance inside the engine compartment, while increasing the airflow through the radiator and brake cooling ducts. The new GT-R rides on lighter weight forged wheels from RAYS, which help to improve suspension response, acceleration and braking.
The interior receives upgraded materials and carbon fiber trim. A limited production “Black Edition” gets red trimmed Recaro seats, a red and black leather interior and unique six spoke RAYS wheels. Two new colors, Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black, also join the lineup. Information on pricing and availability is still pending, but we’ll give you an update as soon as we hear anything.