Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Seán Ward0
Evolution: The Nissan GTR
Today Nissan announced details of it’s latest GT-R, the culmination of an evolutionary process that’s been progressing since the first generation car was revealed in 2007.
For 2014, the GT-R has had no engine or performance upgrades, so acceleration from 0-60 mph still stands at 2.7 seconds and the top speed is still 196 mph, thanks to a 3.8 litre, twin-turbo V6 with 545 bhp and 463 lb/ft of torque.
But Nissan has made changes, albeit minor ones. The electronics in the shock absorbers have been changed to allow for a more comfortable and forgiving ride while also allowing the tyres to be in contact with the road more of the time.
A revised braking system has been fitted to improve pedal response at low speeds, as well as new Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tyres (quite a mouthful).
Nissan is also offering a new carbon fibre boot lid and spoiler to save weight, and a spruced up interior.
For performance upgrades, you need to look elsewhere, and as luck would have it, Nissan also announced another new addition to the GT-R timeline today: the Nismo GT-R.
The Nismo has GT3 GTR spec turbos, 600 bhp, 481 lb/ft of torque, and a truly preposterous 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds.
All sorts of other mechanical parts – the suspension, chassis, exhaust, brakes – have been modified using lesson’s learnt from Nissan’s entry in the 2012 le Mans 24.
But where did it all start for the GT-R? The first production car was unveiled six years ago at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show with the same 3.8 litre, twin-turbo V6 found in the current cars, but with a more modest 485 bhp and 434 lb/ft of torque. 0-60 mph took around 3.2 seconds.
Upgrades have been made to the GT-R every year, but 2011 saw the largest number of upgrades so far: power was increased to 530 bhp, torque to 451 lb/ft, and the 0-60 mph time reduced to 2.9 seconds.
Nowadays, it seems that the only limit to the GT-R’s acceleration is that of the tyres, so in years to come, if the GT-R keeps progressing the way it has, we might see a sub-2.5 second 0-60 mph time.
Yes, the GT-R’s performance is becoming ever more irrelevant on the road, but the figures are nonetheless impressive and make the GT-R a devastatingly effective weapon on track.