Porsche-911 fighter gets more power and better handling
8 December 2008

An improved Nissan GT-R has been unveiled today in Tokyo, with an increase in power and price, and better handling.

It's the first major round of changes for Nissan’s GT-R, which finally goes on sale in the UK next year with the new improvements.

Engine power is up by 5bhp to 478bhp thanks to improved engine computer management and finer manufacturing tolerances achieved on the GT-R's largely hand-assembled engine line.Fuel economy is now slightly better (23.4 mpg from 23.2 mpg) and the car also has a bigger 74-litre petrol tank.

Nissan has added new dampers and revised the front spring rates to tighten up handling and improve the ride. The GT-R's looks are largely unchanged, but Nissan is now doing a different shade of silver for the alloy wheels and a new pearl white joins the colour options chart.

High-grip Dunlop SP Sport 600 run-flat tyres, hitherto only offered on the base GT-R can now be ordered on the next one up, the GT-R Black Edition.Other tiny improvements include a better match between the front wing and bumper and a slimmer number plate mounting.

Perhaps recognising that the GT-R's been spectacular value for rather too long, Nissan has now jacked up prices by more than 10 per cent to boost profit margins.

The base GT-R now moves up from to £56,795. The GT-R Premium Edition is now £58,095 and the Black Edition is pegged at £59,395.Next in line is the more extreme GT-R Spec V, due to be launched in Tokyo next month. It uses the uprated 478bhp V6 twin turbo, and not the rumoured 542bhp engine.

Peter Nunn

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8 December 2008

It's only just come out! How can they be doing revisions already!

 

 

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

8 December 2008

The price edges slowly upwards... sorry, but back to my main problem with this car - £64K for a Nissan?! Not a chance.

9 December 2008

Yes but 60 grand for a GTR that can beat a Ferrari Scuderia, Lamborghini LP640, Porsche Carerra GT, Koenigsegg CCX, Ascari KZ1, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Ferrari 599GTB, Ford GT, Ferrari 360 CS, Porsche GT3 RS, Corvette Z06, Noble M15, Murcielago, Zonda, Koenigsegg the list goes on and on round Topgears track(I'm leaving nurburgring laps alone as they have a controversial nature at the moment, especially with regards the GTR and 911)plus you can only get a quite basic911 for the price of a GTR and the GTR prices only very by about 2 grand across the range.

10 December 2008

[quote csmith319]The price edges slowly upwards... sorry, but back to my main problem with this car - £64K for a Nissan?! Not a chance[/quote]

Ability counts more than the badge, and seeing as this will run rings around the opposition of twice the price, then I know where my money would be - with the Nissan without a doubt.

10 December 2008

[quote jammy_rex]Ability counts more than the badge, and seeing as this will run rings around the opposition of twice the price, then I know where my money would be - with the Nissan without a doubt[/quote]

Seriously- Other than winning a pub boasting competition, does it really matter that the GTR is the best car this side of Veyron?.

Who out of all the people that buy this car are:

A) Going to take it on a race track?

B) Start racing Ferrari 430, 911 GT3 or Gallardos?

C) Owners that have enough ability to actually take this car to it's limits?

In the current marketplace there are much better bargains to be had than a new GTR...

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