Nissan ugrades the 2013 GT-R to improve responses and cornering
28 November 2012

The Nissan GT-R will receive a raft of updates for the 2013 model year, aimed at improving engine response, high-speed stability and ride. The car has been unveiled to the public at today's LA motor show.

The 542bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo powerplant features new injectors and a new relief valve has been fitted to the turbocharger to suppress the loss of boost. Both are said to improve engine response.

A new oil pan baffle helps to maintain pressure and reduce friction.

Modifications have been made to the front dampers, springs and anti-roll bar, lowering the car’s centre of gravity. Additionally, cam bolts have been installed on the front suspension in the pursuit of camber accuracy and stability during hard cornering.

Nissan’s engineers have added reinforcements around the cabin to increase body rigidity and improve suspension control

Nissan says the changes have been employed following lessons learned from the firm’s outing at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. 

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2 November 2012

i had to wonder how every year they manage to bump the power up a bit and make it go around a track .5 seconds faster. Are they really finding something new to improve with the car every year or is it already planned out through out its product cycle

2 November 2012

...but it kills residuals for current owners.

I shudder at the thought of N'ring learning being added to this car. It'll ride even more like a brick; not great for UK's roads.

2 November 2012

They've still missed one thing on this years update....  real desirability!

In know this is an argument as old as the car itself but even with my  engineering background, things that should make my mouth water don't with this car.  It still lacks the "want one" factor for me.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 November 2012

TegTypeR wrote:

They've still missed one thing on this years update....  real desirability!

In know this is an argument as old as the car itself but even with my  engineering background, things that should make my mouth water don't with this car.  It still lacks the "want one" factor for me.

I agree.

2 November 2012

Oktoberfest wrote:

TegTypeR wrote:

They've still missed one thing on this years update....  real desirability!

In know this is an argument as old as the car itself but even with my  engineering background, things that should make my mouth water don't with this car.  It still lacks the "want one" factor for me.

I agree.

 

I understand your opinion but you clearly arent the target market. For me there is no car in the world I would want to drive more.

What I find hard to understand is Nissan are shooting themselves in the foot. If a new R36 came out tomorrow what can they do thats a great leap forward? If they had kept the R35 the same as its first year (0-60 3.5, 480BHP etc) and then the new one was the current MY (550BHP 0-60 2.8s) it would be an amazing leap. All credit to Nissan for not doing this, and improving the car consistently.

I would like them to do this with their normal cars.

2 November 2012

TegTypeR wrote:

They've still missed one thing on this years update....  real desirability!

In know this is an argument as old as the car itself but even with my  engineering background, things that should make my mouth water don't with this car.  It still lacks the "want one" factor for me.

I know exactly what you mean.  I do like the GT-R but there are other cars out there that are maybe more expensive and not as well endowed in terms of outright performance and road handling, but stir the senses so much more and ultimately I find more desirable

2 November 2012

TegTypeR wrote:

They've still missed one thing on this years update....  real desirability!

In know this is an argument as old as the car itself but even with my  engineering background, things that should make my mouth water don't with this car.  It still lacks the "want one" factor for me.

I agree. It's a phenomenal car, yet lacks that sparkle in looks inside and out, while drive wise it's probably too clinical. Exactly the same thing which afflicts many German cars, yet which most British and Italian cars have in spades. But the GTR does has massive road presence.

As for the GTR itself, Nissan need to shed some weight, but perhaps that will happen when the all-new replacement arrives as and when.

2 November 2012

Teg, I agree, but I'd probably change my mind if I'd just driven one.

2 November 2012

i imagine there is no other car available that could be driven as fast for as long, with reliability, performance, safety margins etc. And for all that to be available at this price is quite incredible.

But for me there is more than speed to desirability. As almost everyone else has said, i dont really want one either.  

Amazing machine though, and i am very pleased it exists, its just not for me

2 November 2012

I don't care much about sports cars - impractical, expensive, and bad for the environment. However, if I WAS to buy one, first choice would be a late model RX-7, second choice would be this.  It's just superb.

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