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  • More power (404kW), improved economy, lower emissions
  • Enhanced transmission shift feel
  • Special race tuned oils used in differential
  • Body strengthened for even greater handling finesse
  • World first asymmetric suspension settings on RHD cars
  • New Bose® Precision Sound System woofers
  • Rear view camera now standard

The 2012 Nissan GT-R, which goes on sale in Australia this week and offers significant enhancements in efficiency, performance, handling and driver comfort, combined with a heightened equipment level.

Nissan’s fourth-generation R35 flagship model follows the evolutionary program set out by GT-R Program Director Kazutoshi Mizuno, building on the model’s strengths since it was launched at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.

When it was launched, the R35 Nissan GT-R created a new class of supercar. While performance and handling were exceptional as expected, the real achievement of Mizuno and his team was to make the car’s immense potential accessible to all drivers under all conditions.

They have since taken the Japanese concept of Omotenashi (hospitality) and turned it into an automotive art form, with obsessive attention to form, function and detail. As a result, every aspect of the 2012 Model Year GT-R has been identified, examined and, where possible, enhanced.

The latest GT-R celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nissan’s second and last outright victory in the Bathurst 1000, achieved in 1992 by drivers Mark Skaife and Jim Richards in an Australian built and developed R32 model Nissan GT-R Skyline.

More power (404kW), improved economy, lower emissions

The very heart of the Nissan GT-R, its engine, has been further refined in the new model.

Both intake and exhaust efficiency have been significantly improved. The matching of the ports of the intake manifold and cylinder head is now even more precise, while the intake duct is now made of resin rather than aluminium. These two developments have decreased the resistance of airflow to the engine, thereby increasing its performance.

New metallic sodium filled exhaust valves contribute to improved cooling and suppresses knocking. Exhaust efficiency is also improved through the development of a more compact – and lighter – underfloor catalyser.

By making the air/fuel ratio leaner and optimising the valve and ignition timing, the engine has achieved even greater efficiency. In addition, the clearance of the cams and valve heads is now achieved with greater precision.

Through these improvements in efficiency, power output has risen significantly from 390kW to 404kW at 6,400rpm while maximum torque has increased from 612 to 628Nm between 3,200 and 5,800 rpm.

However because the torque curve is flatter at higher revs, the engine has a distinctly more muscular feel than these impressive figures alone convey. More than an evolution, it feels like a completely different engine.

This greater efficiency is also reflected in the 2012 GT-R’s improved fuel economy, which has decreased from 12L/100km to 11.7L/100km, combined with reduced emissions.

These gains have been maximised by even more precise assembly of the GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine, with a select team of just eight people authorised to complete each power plant, built one at a time by the same individual craftsman.

Finally, each completed car is hand-polished before leaving Nissan’s Tochigi factory, completing the GT-R’s genuine ‘hand built’ credentials.

Enhanced transmission shift feel

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