2012 Nissan GT-R gets launch control… but it’s now called R Mode Start

2012 Nissan GT-R

The launch control for the Nissan GT-R has always been the center of controversy with the supercar. When the supercar first made its debut, Nissan pulled the launch control feature for the 2011 model year after reports of transmission failures. Well, the launch control feature is now back for the 2012 model year but it is now called the R-Mode Start Function.

The guys over at NAGTROC have gotten their hands on a copy of the 2012 Nissan GT-R owner’s manual and on page 5-31, Nissan provides instructions on how to use the R-Mode Start Function:

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How to use R-Mode Start Function in the 2012 Nissan GT-R:

  1. Move the shift lever to the A or M position.
  2. Select the R mode with the transmission setup switch (VDC, transmission and suspension setup ‘switches’).
  3. Select the R mode with the VDC setup switch.
  4. Depress the brake pedal firmly with your left foot and keep depressing the brake pedal.
  5. Depress the accelerator pedal quickly to the floor with your right foot while the brake pedal is depressed. The engine speed will increase to approximately 4,000 rpm and will be maintained.
  6. Within 3 seconds after depressing the accelerator pedal, release the brake pedal.

There you have it – the R-Mode Start Function will allow you to launch the 2012 Nissan GT-R from 0-60 mph in the high 2 second range.

Refresher: The 2012 Nissan GT-R is powered by a VR38DETT 3.8L twin turbo V6 that produces 530-hp and 488 lb-ft of torque. Off-the line performance is also improved with an upgraded “R mode” for the transmission and to control tight corner braking. That allows 0-60 mph to come in at 2.9 seconds. Prices for the 2012 Nissan GT-R start at $89,950 for the base model and $95,100 for the Premium and Black Edition.

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– By: Omar Rana