When the Nissan GT-R first came out, there was controversy as to how fast the GT-R truly was with inconsistencies in lap times on the famous and most difficult racetrack in the world: the Nurburgring.
As a result, Nissan has been hard at work to make sure that the GT-R remains a vital player in the high-end sports car market. That said, “the father of the GT-R” Kazutoshi Mizuno has supposedly told some journalists that the 2013 GT-R will be much faster. So fast in fact, that it will shave eight seconds off of the original Nurburgring lap time.
To start, Mizuno said that the GT-R gets a power hike for 2013. He wasn’t specific on the figure, but the number 550, the word horsepower and GT-R have ended up in the same sentence in the rumormill.
Click here for our post on the 2012 Nissan GT-R Nurburgring Lap Time.
Next, Mizuno also added that right-hand drive only GT-Rs will get an asymmetric suspension set-up, which he pitches as what could be the world’s first for any production car. The result is a design that’s meant to counterbalance the extra 50kgs in weight from the different steering assemblies between right- and left-hand drive.
And to conclude, Mizuno said that he’s considering “platform extension possibilities with the GT-R,” in which he said: “The GT-R is a two door coupe with a very big boot. Use your journalistic skill to imagine what might be next.” And that makes all of us automobile journalists wonder…a GT-R convertible perhaps?
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.
– By: Chris Chin