|Nissan GT-R (R35)|
|Assembly||Japan: Kaminokawa, Tochigi (Nissan Motor Tochigi Plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car/Grand tourer (S)|
|Body style||2-door 2+2 seater coupé|
|Layout||Front mid-engine, all-wheel drive|
|Platform||Nissan Premium Midship|
|Engine||3.8 L twin-turbocharged VR38DETT V6|
|Transmission||6-speed BorgWarner GR6Z30A dual-clutch transmission|
|Wheelbase||2,780 mm (109.4 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,680–1,785 kg (3,704–3,935 lb)|
|Predecessor||Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)|
The Nissan GT-R (Japanese: 日産・GT-R, Nissan GT-R), is a high-performance sports car and grand tourer produced by Nissan unveiled in 2007. It is the successor to the Skyline GT-R, a high performance variant of the Nissan Skyline. Although this car was the sixth-generation model to bear the GT-R name, the model is no longer part of the Nissan Skyline model lineup since that name is now reserved for Nissan's luxury-sport vehicles. The GT-R built on the exclusively developed Nissan PM platform, which is an enhanced evolution of the Nissan FM platform used in the separate Nissan Skyline luxury car and the Nissan Z sports car. The GT-R abbreviation stands for Gran Turismo–Racing, obtained from the Skyline GT-R.
CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn determined the GT-R will be a global icon for the Nissan brand. Unlike its predecessors, which were only sold in Japan, the GT-R will be sold globally all around the world.
The production version of the GT-R introduced at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, along with the PM platform, featured the exclusively developed VR38DETT engine and lot more other newer technologies. Overall body made out of steel, aluminium and premium materials such as carbon-fiber. After 15 years of production, the GT-R has been discontinued in the European market and Australian market due to newer regulation changes.
Between 1969 and 1974, and again between 1989 and 2002, Nissan produced a high performance version of its Nissan Skyline coupe, called the Nissan Skyline GT-R. This car proved to be iconic for Nissan, achieving much fame and success on road, track and motorsports.
The GT-R is an entirely new model sharing little with the Skyline GT-R save its signature four round tail lights. Like some later generations of the Skyline GT-R, the GT-R has the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system with a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. But the four-wheel-steering HICAS system has been removed and the former straight-6 RB26DETT engine has been replaced with a new VR38DETT V6 engine. Because of the GT-R's heritage, the chassis code for the all-new version has been called CBA-R35 and for later model years as DBA-R35 and 4BA-R35, or R35 for short (where CBA, DBA and 4BA stands for the emissions standard prefix), carrying on the naming trend from previous Skyline GT-R generations.
In 1999, as a result of the Renault–Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn had been appointed as the new CEO of Nissan. After his appointment, he told to the designers and engineers of Nissan to create a new GT-R because he determined that a new GT-R would be a success for Nissan. He wanted the GT-R to provide a high level of performance on both road and track – no matter how much time and money this would cost. Also, it should outperform or match the benchmark sports car at the time, the Porsche 911 (997) Turbo on both road and track – including at the Nürburgring. In response, designers and engineers assumed they would require four or five years to develop such a car because it should be made on a whole new platform with lot of new technologies. Nissan started development of the GT-R in a mindset of "A Supercar for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime". in 2001, Carlos Ghosn announced the development of the GT-R with a concept revealed at 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. In 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, he announced the production version will make its debut in the fall of 2007.
For the design perspective, Ghosn wanted four round taillights to be fitted to the new GT-R, just like its predecessors, claiming it always been the signature of the GT-R. Overall development began in the year 2000, with Nissan designers from Japan, United States and Europe began to create new sketches for the GT-R. 50 of them made through to Nissan's Design Director Shiro Nakamura. He claimed the new GT-R's design should reflect not only the modern sports car look, but also the Japanese culture and its predecessor's heritage. Chief Designer Hiroshi Hasegawa required more than four years to complete the new GT-R's interior and exterior design. He claimed it should look sporty, modern and also be aerodynamic to create downforce.
Nissan handed over the mechanical and technical development of the GT-R to the chief engineer of the Skyline GT-R R34, Kazutoshi Mizuno (also known as Mr. GT-R). But he rejected it at first, because Nissan claimed the GT-R also should be made on the Nissan FM platform. He stated "I couldn't make a world class performance car from this platform as Ghosn requested". However In April 2003, Mizuno-san created a GT-R prototype which was made on an advanced version of the Nissan FM platform, named as Nissan Premium Midship (PM) platform. In November 2003, Ghosn hand overed the full authority of the GT-R's development to Mizuno-san. In January 2004, he began the development of the GT-R with a special development team and a full scale GT-R model, and the project was under control of Carlos Ghosn.
At the time while the ongoing GT-R's aerodynamics development at Nissan's wind tunnel, Mizuno-san bought some test mules to race tracks such as Nürburgring and Sendai Hi-Land Raceway to aid development of the drivetrain, suspension and brakes. Those test mules were powdered by a newly developed 3.8 L twin turbocharged V6 VR38DETT engine which was developed by Nissan's chief powertrain engineer, Naoki Nakada. Mizuno-san claimed his goal was to build the GT-R as be able to talk with a person in the passenger seat while driving it at 300 km/h (186.4 mph). Also, some of the technical parts of the GT-R, such as Brembo brakes and Bilstein suspension were designed by Mizuno-san himself. Overall GT-R technical development was finalized along with the aerodynamics development, and began testing in several countries with different road and weather conditions.
Aerodynamics development of the GT-R began in early 2004 with a group of company's best engineers, including the developer of the Nissan's successful Le Mans prototypes, Yoshi Suzuka. Development started with an internal design competition between Nissan's design studios of Atsugi and Tokyo in Japan, London in United Kingdom and La Jolla in United States. Nissan received more than 80 sketches from the respective design studios and 12 of them chosen by Nissan with the help of design director, Shiro Nakamura. Those 12 sketches whittled down to three models and headed into the wind tunnel by GT-R's exterior designers. Nissan wanted an aerodynamic level of the GT-R, which can aid great stability for the car, creat enough amount of downforce while maintaining a lower amount of drag to improve fuel efficiency and acceleration. So the target of the team was to make the GT-R with a drag coefficient of Cd=0.28 combined with front and rear downforce, which wasn't done by any manufacturer at the time. Engineers considered, to achieve that by using active aerodynamics will be easier. But later rejected it because of the car's price will be higher than the price Nissan planned to offer.
In August 2004, Yoshi Suzuka and Ken Nambo began wind tunnel tests at Nissan Technical Centre in Atsugi, Japan. From over a 3-month time period, they tested those three models in 1/4 scale size at the wind tunnel for nearly 300 times and got positive results for their further development. Then they decided to replace them by 40% scale sized two models, one for the development of the GT-R and another one for the Nissan Skyline V35/Infiniti G35 coupe test mule which was built for testings at the Nürburgring. From the first runs of this scale model, resulted a drag coefficient of Cd=0.32. Later, GT-R's exterior designers, Hirohisa Ono and Masato Taguchi also joined in the wind tunnel tests. Joint team tweaked some exterior parts of the GT-R, specially the front nose height. From exterior changes engineers couldn't improve the overall aerodynamics as that much as they expected.
Yoshi Suzuka considered to improve internal airflow of the car by changing the design of the car's chassis frame. He requested from the chassis department to lower the frame rails as low as the passenger compartment, which will eliminate the transition and the airflow under the car also will be smoother. Team later used a CFD program at the wind tunnel testings, with the help of it team managed to upgrade several parts of the car that could smooth the airflow while also reducing drag. From one and a half years of development and over 2000 wind tunnel runs, engineers finally been able to get a stylish exterior with a drag coefficient of Cd=0.27 combined with front and rear downforce.
Engineers and designers required more than five years to complete the overall development of the GT-R. Following its finalization around 2006, testings also took another year to be finalized. Afterwards, Nissan announced the production version of the GT-R will be introduced at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Carlos Ghosn determined sales of the GT-R will be profitable for Nissan and even the development and production cost also will be covered. He also confirmed the GT-R will be sold as a Nissan model worldwide, following the rumors that GT-R will be sold as an Infiniti model in the North American market.
Nissan surprisingly unveiled the GT-R concept without an announcement at the 35th Tokyo Motor Show in 2001. Previewed as the 21st-century GT-R which will be sold worldwide unlike its predecessors which were sold only in least numbers of markets. This concept features an aggressive, muscular, wide and low exterior look. while in inside of the concept featured, deep seating, full-length center console, integrated structural cage and a driver's command center.
Nissan unveiled a redesigned version of the 2001 concept, named as GT-R Proto, at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. This prototype featured redesigned exterior elements over the concept car to improve the overall airflow and the identity of the GT-R. Including, a redesigned front air intake, front fenders with a new air vent behind it and the sides of the body were sculptured towards the rear fenders, no technical informations revealed for the both concept and the prototype. Officials said the production GT-R would be 80 to 90% based on this prototype.
Even though the overall development of the GT-R finalized in around 2006, Nissan continued testing all over the world in different road surfaces and weather conditions. Firstly In late 2005, a GT-R test mule was spied being testing at the Nürburgring, based on a highly modified Nissan Skyline V35/Infiniti G35 coupe, which was used for the aerodynamics development of the GT-R. It had a slightly more acute roofline, hood air scoops, widened body with flared fenders, rolled out rear quarter panels and bigger dual exhaust pipes. In late 2006 and early 2007, Nissan were spied testing GT-R test mules which were seemed to be like near production vehicles alongside a Porsche 911 Turbo (997) on the Autobahn, on roads in New Mexico, Arizona and California and racetracks such as in the Nürburgring, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Sendai Hi-Land Raceway and Sonoma Raceway. At Laguna Seca, the GT-R posted an unofficial lap time of 1:39.62 minutes, a time marginally faster than the 911 Turbo following it which was timed at 1:39.89 minutes. Also, some test mules spied testing on snow in Japan.
In the test session at the Sendai Hi-Land Raceway, Nissan's CEO at the time, Carlos Ghosn, joined the test team to directly test the GT-R against the 911 Turbo. After the test session, he complimented the test team for their effort to build the new Nissan GT-R the way he wanted it to be built. Also, in the test session at the Nürburgring, Nissan invited automotive magazine journalists from magazines such as Car and Driver, Evo and others, to test drive both the GT-R and the 911 Turbo around the Nürburgring, Autobahn and country roads. The journalists praised the GT-R for its grip, handling and acceleration. In a later testing session, Mizuno-san's team achieved a 7:38 minute lap time around the Nürburgring Nordchleife. Claimed it was done in wet conditions, car will be even quicker in a proper weather condition.
The production version of the GT-R unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show as scheduled, right after an on-screen lap time broadcast, which was 7:38 minutes at the wet condition Nürburgring Nordschleife, beating the all-time sports classic Porsche 911 (997) Turbo as Nissan stated before launching the car, and it was the 7th fastest lap time for a production vehicle around the track. The GT-R launched in the Japanese market on December 6, 2007. The U.S. official launch was seven months later on July 7, 2008, for the 2009 model year. The first production GT-R is owned by Nissan's CEO at the time Carlos Ghosn. Universal Nissan in Los Angeles provided a customer with the delivery of a new GT-R, fresh from the production line at 12:01 am, on July 7, 2008. The Canadian launch was also in July 2008. Europe became the third consumer market, where it launched in March 2009. The large disparity in initial marketing between these regional releases is due to Nissan having to build GT-R performance centers where the car is serviced.
For the 2010 model year, Nissan updated the GT-R by increasing the engine power output to 362 kW (492 PS; 485 hp) while no improvement in the engine torque, launch control system has been reprogrammed to reduce the stress in the transaxel and also reprogrammed it in the already sold 2009 models, re-tuned suspension, updated wheel finish and standard front seat and side curtain air bags.
In 2010, for the 2011 model year, the revised GT-R features an engine with revised mapping, changes to valve timing, larger inlets and a revised exhaust system which boosts rated power to 395 kW (537 PS; 530 hp) and 607 N⋅m (448 lb⋅ft) of torque from 3,200 to 6,000 rpm. Changes also include a new more rigid front strut bar made from carbon composite, larger front brake rotors, new lighter and stiffer wheels, and revised Dunlop tyres. Cosmetic changes include a new front bumper with integrated LEDs. The front bumper improves cooling to the radiator and front brakes while reducing drag. A new rear diffuser improves downforce and also includes additional rear cooling ducts. The interior was revised to improve quality. The new model is offered with a new HDD CARWINGS navigation system with enhanced entertainment features and a USB port with iPod connectivity. The revised GT-R went on sale in Japan from mid-November 2010 and February 2011 in Europe, North America, and other regions.
In late 2011, Nissan put GT-R mechanicals into a Nissan Juke-R. Up to 23 vehicles were planned. A total of five cars were built by RML – two were wrecked, one left hand drive vehicle was produced for a customer and two were held by Nissan, one left hand drive and one right hand drive. It was not put into production.
In 2012, for the 2013 model year, Nissan upgraded the GT-R again with increased power output to 406 kW (552 PS; 544 hp) and 628 N⋅m (463 lb⋅ft) of torque from 3,200 to 6,000 rpm, new flywheel housing and retuned suspension.
Along with the GT-R Nismo unveil at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan introduced the 2015 model year GT-R, which has significant improvements over the 2013 model year. Engine power remained as same as the 2013 model year but upgraded the suspension setup by revising the settings to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels, better stability and more consistent grip. The tyre contact improved by optimizing the electronic controls of the shock-absorber valves, re-tuned front stabiliser spring rates and bush links. The brake system is also been re-tuned for more stopping power, as well as the steering also has been fine-tuned for easier handling. On the exterior, 2015 model year features new 20-inch alloy wheels and new LED headlights and taillights which has the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS).
Nissan claimed these improvements led the GT-R to gain more straight-line and cornering stability, better ride quality without sacrificing its acceleration and cornering performance.
In 2016, for the 2017 model year, the updated Nissan GT-R has the same twin-turbocharged 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) V6 VR38DETT engine but increased the engine output to 421 kW (572 PS; 565 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 633 N⋅m (467 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200–5,800 rpm. The transmission system is also refined to shift the gears smoothly and quieter than before.
Other updates include new front and rear bumpers improves cooling and downforce, new leather has been added to the whole interior with a new steering wheel, new 8-inch display infotainment system and redesigned carbon-fibre center console, 20-inch 15 spoke forged aluminium wheels, re-tuned suspension system, titanium exhaust system, and upgraded braking system. Nissan claimed these updates gave the GT-R a more comfortable ride, increased acceleration at mid to high rpm (3200 rpm and above) and increased cornering performance. These updates were also applied to the GT-R Track Edition and the GT-R Nismo.
In 2019, for the 2020 model year, Nissan updated the GT-R again with minor upgrades. New upgrades includes, re-tuned transmission to shift gears in 0.15 seconds, new lightweight forged aluminium alloy wheels with new both interior and exterior colour options including Bayside Blue body colour which was used in Skyline GT-R R34.
After the unveiling of the GT-R T-spec, Nissan announced that the GT-R won't be sold as a 2022 model year in the United States. However, in Japan and other markets the GT-R sold a 2022 model. Nissan stopped offering the GT-R in Australia and New Zealand from October 31, 2021, due to the car not meeting the new Australian side impact regulations. Nissan sold 1,021 units in Australia and 89 units in New Zealand, total of 1,110 units sold for the Australian market in a time period of 12 years since its debut in April 2009. following the discontinuation in the Australian market, Nissan UK announced deliveries for the European market and United Kingdom also will be stopped from March 2022, due to the car not meeting the new noise regulations which start from June 2022. In a 13-year sales period since March 2009, Nissan sold more than 11,000 units in Europe.
The Nissan GT-R is powered by the newly developed VR38DETT engine, a 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) 60° degree DOHC V6 engine with plasma transferred wire arc sprayed cylinder bores. Two parallel Ishikawajima-Harima (IHI) turbochargers provide forced induction. Models manufactured between 2007 and 2009 are rated at a manufacturer-claimed engine output of 358 kW (487 PS; 480 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 583 N⋅m (430 lb⋅ft) at 3,200–5,200 rpm. The engine also meets California Air Resources Board Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards. The VR38DETT features 24 valves controlled by dual overhead camshafts (2 per cylinder head) with intake only variable valve timing. The engine block made out of cast aluminium which is 0.15 mm (0.0059 in) plasma-sprayed cylinder liner bores. This coating provides a hard protective layer which reduces the friction for the piston rings to slide on when the piston moves up and down during the power cycle. The IHI turbocharger's turbine housing is integrated into the exhaust manifolds to decrease weight and improve vehicle balance. Also, this engine features a pressurized lubrication system controlled thermostatically. The VR38DETT has a feedback control system which changes air fuel ratio depending on the engine load which reduces fuel consumption. When fully equipped with the catalytic converters, turbochargers, all of the engine accessories, front differential assembly, and turbo outlet pipes, the engine weighs 276 kg (608 lb). Other features of the VR38DETT includes,
- Continuously variable valve timing control system (CVTCS) on intake valve.
- Aluminium cylinder block with high-endurance/low-friction plasma-sprayed bores.
- Iridium-tipped spark plugs.
- Electronic drive-by-wire throttle.
- Multi port fuel injection.
- Pressurized lubrication system with thermostatically controlled cooling and magnesium oil sump.
- Fully symmetrical dual intake and low back-pressure exhaust system.
- Secondary air intake system to rapidly heat catalysts to peak cleaning efficiency.
- 50 State LEV2/ULEV.
The engines are hand built by only five specially trained mechanics called "Takumi Craftsmens" in a dust proof, temperature controlled room at Nissan's Yokohama plant and their names are badged on every GT-R engine. The cars are built at their Tochigi plant on a shared production line. After the production, every single GT-R will be test driven by a professional driver around Nissan's test track.
|CBA–R35||2007–2009||358 kW (487 PS; 480 hp)
at 6,400 rpm
|583 N⋅m (430 lb⋅ft)
at 3,200–5,200 rpm
|2010||362 kW (492 PS; 485 hp)
at 6,400 rpm
|588 N⋅m (434 lb⋅ft)
at 3,200–5,200 rpm
|DBA–R35||2011–2012||395 kW (537 PS; 530 hp)
at 6,400 rpm
|607 N⋅m (448 lb⋅ft)
at 3,200–5,200 rpm
|2013–2016||406 kW (553 PS; 545 hp)
at 6,400 rpm
|628 N⋅m (463 lb⋅ft)
at 3,200–5,800 rpm
|4BA–R35||2017–2022||421 kW (573 PS; 565 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
|633 N⋅m (467 lb⋅ft)
at 3,300–5,800 rpm
The GT-R was the world's first rear mounted independent transaxle all-wheel-drive vehicle. And has an exclusively developed, rear mounted, six-speed BorgWarner designed GR6Z30A type, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Hand built by Takumi Craftsmans in a specialized room just like the engine assembly room at Nissan's Aichi Kikai plant in Nagoya. Which shifting gears in just 0.2 seconds is used in conjunction with the unique ATTESA E-TS system, to provide power to all four wheels, along with Nissan's Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) to aid in stability. But from later upgrades in 2020, gear shifting time decreased to 0.15 seconds. Making it one of the fastest gear shifting production vehicles. Three shift modes can also be selected from the drive mode selector for various conditions, "R-mode" which allows to use the maximum performance from the six-speed dual-clutch transmission, "Normal-mode" which is recommended for normal daily drives and "Safe-mode" which makes the car more fuel efficient is and also recommended when driving on slippery surfaces such as snow or ice.
The ATTESA ET-S all-wheel-drive system is an updated version of the ATTESA E-TS Pro which was used in older Skyline GT-R models. This is a rear biased all-wheel-drive system. Which helps the GT-R for its incredible handling and stability in high speeds. This system always powers the rear wheels. In normal conditions, this provides a 0:100 percent power front to rear through the main carbon-composite propeller shaft. In conditions such as heavy acceleration and cornering, the separated additional propeller shaft sends the torque to the front differential. The front differential splits the torque between the left and right front wheels. The rear differential is built inside the transaxle unit. Resulting a 50:50 percent front to rear power distribution. The GT-R has two mechanical limited slip differentials in both front and rear. An open type in front and 1.5 way multi-disc differential in rear. This slip differentials can split the torque for each wheels depending on the conditions. Whole drivetrain of the GT-R is lowered to lower the center of gravity, which helps to improve car's handling and overall stability.
The GT-R has a curb weight of 1,740 kg (3,837 lb) distributed 53 percent in front and 47 percent in rear. the chassis of the GT-R is made with Alcoa aluminium used for the hood, trunk and doors, while die-cast aluminium used for front shock towers and inner door structures. Outer body panels are stamped using a multiple-strike coining process for added rigidity and precision. Also, side curtain airbags is achieved from using this jig welded steel chassis. The chassis is stiffened with a carbon-composite front cross member/radiator support.
The GT-R is the only model built on Nissan's Premium Midship (PM) platform, an evolution of the Front Midship (FM) architecture introduced on the 2001 (V35) Skyline. It is a hybrid unibody assembled on ultra-low-tolerance jigs similar to those used in race car construction.
The Nissan GT-R features an active suspension system which contains Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and split forks which allows the drive axle to the attachment point on the lower control arm (LCA). Without the use of the torque tubes, the suspension can operate independently while optimizing weight distribution and maximizing tyre grip at each corner and distributing equal amount of grip for each wheels. Onboard computers adjusts the suspension units in every one hundredth of a second. The GT-R is the world's first production vehicle to contain this suspension system. The Damp Tronic system allows the driver to select three different suspension modes from the instrument cluster, "R-mode" for maximum performance required in track and dragstrip, "Normal-mode" for daily driver use and "Comfort-mode" which softens the dampers and provides a comfortable ride, recommend for conditions such as long-distance driving. The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) also can be changed for three different modes. "R-mode" for faster driving conditions such as on racetracks and dragstrips from lowering the traction control but doesn't turns off the electronic stability control, "Normal-mode" for daily driver use and "Off-mode" which turning off the electronic stability control (ESC). Also, the GT-R has 20-inch 15-spoke forged lightweight alloy wheels manufactured by RAYS which were wrapped with specially developed Bridgestone Potenza RE070R run-flat tyres and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT run-flat tyres in later models. Each wheels feature a knurling around the inside of the rim to keep the tyres from slipping on the rim under heavy acceleration and braking.
The GT-R's all four wheels has Brembo monoblock ventilated brake calipers, 15.35-inch, six-piston in front and 15.0-inch, four-piston in rear. Which were full floating, cross drilled two piece rotors, low steel and high stiffness brake pads. In some later special editions, carbon-ceramic brake calipers have been offered, which were the largest brakes ever fitted to a Japanese production vehicle.
Nissan chief creative officer and chief design director, Shiro Nakamura, has likened the new GT-R to the giant robots of the Gundam series. Nakamura stated: "The GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed Sports car; it had to really reflect Japanese culture". Nissan's American designers sculpted the rear three-quarters of the vehicle, while their European designers sculpted the roofline.
Nissan developed a 6-stage paint process with a double clear coat and chip-resistant paint for use in critical areas of the GT-R chassis. An optional liquid-effect finish employs a hand-polished 8-stage process with product-specific Super Silver metallic paint and three layers of clearcoat.
The GT-R features an overall muscular, sharp and boxy design, which results in a high-downforce and drag-reduced body by making the air flow smoothly though the overall body. In front, NACA ducts on the hood which scoops in clean air to cool the engine compartment, side front fender air vents also improves the car's aero performance by improving airflow around the tyres and also cools the engine, the front bumper's edges were sharpened and also features air ducts and vents to improve downforce while cooling the engine and brakes. Overall front end of the GT-R features an aggressive look. While the rear end continues the GT-R's heritage, specially from carrying over the four round taillights from its predecessors. Also, features air ducts and vents for brake cooling and gets a smooth air flow, a body-coloured rear spoiler whereas some special editions has a dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler to improve rear downforce. Also the GT-R has a 315-litre boot space. The GT-R also has an under body made out of carbon-fiber panels, which smoothens the air flow under the car. The overall body of the GT-R made out of steel, aluminium and carbon-fiber.
Additionally, both the production and special edition models are fitted with (LED) headlights, automatic on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and brake lights, dual-heated body-colour power wing mirrors, power-folding side mirrors, flush-mounted aluminium door handles, four 5-inch titanium exhaust outlets with polished tips and UV-reducing solar glass. All GT-R variants has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.26. lowest drag coefficient for a sports car at the time, which helps it to be one of the fastest accelerating production vehicles.
The GT-R has a hand stitched leather interior, embedded in the dashboard, steering wheel, door panels, center console, and front and back seats. Motor Trend claimed the GT-R has one of the most finely crafter interiors. Also, carbon-fiber used in the center console and in the gauge cluster, features an analog speedometer, tachometer which has a redline at 7,000 rpm, fuel meter, digital gear display and another digital display features car's speed, fuel economy, and distance calculations. GT-R badged steering wheel contains volume controls and cruise control buttons. Magnesium paddle shifters also can be found on the wheel column in earlier models and on the steering wheel in 2017 facelifted models and on newer models.
The instrument cluster is angled towards to the driver. Which contains air conditioning controls, audio and set-up controls and drive mode selectors of transmission, suspension and VDC. While the center console contains the engine start/off button, shift liver wrapped from leather, parking brake and an openable armrest with a small storage area inside of it and also with a USB port. The GT-R also has an 11-speaker Bose sound system.
Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo series of motor racing video games, were themselves involved in the development of the GT-R, having been contracted to design the GT-R's multifunction display. This multifunction display features a detailed log of the driving behavior, speed, g-force, fuel economy and more. Also, details of the car's mechanical information such as turbo boost, water and engine oil pressure, transmission oil, front and rear drive distribution and others, steering angles, braking and acceleration pressure and optimal gearshift mapping for the best fuel economy, satellite navigation and audio controls.
Nissan introduced the GT-R SpecV on January 7, 2009, at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon. This version uses carbon fibre trim inside and out, and has no rear seats. In addition, a new colour was introduced limited to the SpecV, LAC Black Opal, The car came with Bridgestone Potenza RE070R street tyres.
The GT-R SpecV is powered by the standard twin-turbocharged 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) V6. A new high gear boost controller that allows a temporary increase in boost pressure from the IHI twin turbochargers, now larger than those on the standard GT-R, delivering 20 N⋅m (15 lb⋅ft) more torque than the standard GT-R in mid to high-range revs. Other mechanical changes include a titanium exhaust, Recaro bucket seats, reworked suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and 20-inch (510 mm) Nismo wheels. Compared to the standard GT-R, overall weight was decreased by 60 kg (132 lb) to be 1,680 kilograms (3,704 lb) – making it the lightest GT-R up to date.
Sales began in Japan on February 2, 2009, at seven preselected dealers staffed with specially trained mechanics knowledgeable about racing circuit driving. The SpecV was also sold in Europe and the Middle East. A total of 110 SpecV were built, 77 for Japan, 24 for Europe, 1 for United Kingdom, 7 for Middle East and 1 additional car.
Auto Express tested the SpecV and posted a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time of 3.20 seconds, 1⁄4 mile (400 m) time of 11.5 seconds, pulled 1.12 g on the skidpad and 120.2 km/h in the slalom. An earlier tested Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 resulted in an identical slalom speed but a lower 1.06 g on the skidpad. Japanese motor publication Best Motoring, tested the SpecV around the Nürburgring Nordchleife, achieved a lap time of 7:34.46 minutes in a semi–wet condition track surface.
In November 2011, Nissan introduced the Track Pack Special Edition. The model provides racing Track Pack accessories to replace the Spec V version. Including Bilstein adjustable suspension, brake radiator air guide, RAYS forged aluminium alloy wheels, carbon fibre front spoiler with air guide, etc. The rear seat is removed in the car to reduce weight, and it is equipped with high friction special anti-skid Bucket seat. It went on sale on November 24, 2011, and was exported to other regions in January 2012. It is limited to 150 units worldwide.
Nissan introduced the GT-R Egoist (known as VVIP Edition in the Middle East) as the luxury version of Nissan GT-R for the 2012 model year which is only produced for the Japanese, European and Middle East markets with only 43 units. (With 2 VVIP Editions).
The new updates to Egoist include increased engine power output to 537 PS; 530 hp (395 kW) at 6,800 rpm and torque to 607 N⋅m (448 lb⋅ft) at 3,200-5,800 rpm. Nissan improved straight-line performance for this new model with 2.9 seconds of 0 to 60 mph time, and a quarter-mile of 11.2 seconds at 122.7 mph.
Interior upgrades include a Wajima Lacquer steering emblem, exclusive leather and Alcantara suede for instrument panel, console, door trim, rear side, pillar trim and roof trim, new leather interior colour, fabric carpet, leather cleaner, leather car verification case, and leather seats.
For the exterior a new dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler with LED-type high-mount brake light, a titanium muffler, and exhaust system, dedicated emblem, and Rays lightweight forged aluminium wheels with carbon-ceramic brakes.
The VVIP Edition was introduced by Nissan Middle East and it was only sold in the Middle East. VVIP version upgrades include interior colours among 12 choices (four upper area interior colours and seven lower area interior colours), new racing seats, Wajima Lacquer (Maki-e) Emblem on the middle of the steering wheel, new Bose precision sound system and dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler. The wheels, front shells, and some other small components were painted with unique gold paint.
Nissan sold 35 units in Japan, 3 in the United Kingdom, 3 in Europe, and 2 VVIP Editions in the Middle East.
In 2012, for the 2013 model year, Nissan introduced the GT-R Black Edition which comes with exclusive 20-inch RAYS wheels and a carbon-fibre rear spoiler. Recaro racing seats were commissioned specifically by Nissan for the Black Edition. The interior is finished in red and black leather, but a beige colour known as 'Pale Ivory' is also available. No mechanical changes are made from the standard GT-R.
In 2013, for the 2014 model year, Nissan introduced a 150 units limited production GT-R Track Edition (also known as GT-R Track Edition Engineered by Nismo) which removes the rear seats (saving 10 kg (22 lb) over the Black Edition) and adds stiffer suspension, carbon fibre air inlets, titanium exhaust, improved brake cooling, a unique front spoiler, and new black and gray leather Recaro front seats.
Motor Trend tested the 2014 model year Track Edition GT-R, achieving 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.7 seconds and 1⁄4 mile (400 m) in 10.8 seconds at 201.3 km/h (125.1 mph). The German car magazine Sport Auto achieved a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
- 2020 update
At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Nissan introduced the 2020 model year GT-R Track Edition. The car gets its drivetrain from the Nismo GT-R, where's the VR38DETT engine producing 608 PS; 600 hp (447.5 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 652 N⋅m (481 lb⋅ft) at 3,200-5,800 rpm. Resulting a 20% of increase in acceleration reaction time compared to the previous model year GT-R Track Editions. Other updates includes a Nismo tuned independent suspension system, new carbon fibre roof reducing weight, Nismo front fenders which is more wider than the standard GT-R, new RAYS 20-inch Nismo forged aluminium alloy wheels with Dunlop 255/40RF-20 run-flat SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST Nismo-spec tyres, Nismo carbon ceramic brakes and dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler. The Track Edition includes new re-designed red and black colour treatment for interior with high-grip Recaro bucket seats.
Nissan introduced the GT-R Gentleman Edition in 2012 for sale only in France and Belgium. Nissan planned to build only 10 units of this model. Based on the 2014 model year GT-R Black Edition, the Gentleman Edition was exclusively in Grey Squale body colour and featured "Gentleman Edition" badges next to the front fender vents.
Other upgrades included amber red leather upholstery, individually numbered titanium plaque, hand-stitched leather accents and a bespoke sunglass case.
Midnight Opal Special Edition
In July 2013, Nissan introduced the Midnight Opal Special Edition. The production planned to produce 100 units but 115 units were built.
The new model's upgrades include new Midnight Opal special paint colour (which is painted for Nissan Skyline GT-R's special editions), Carbon rear spoiler (with LED high-mount brake light), increased the antifreeze concentration, new RAYS aluminium lightweight forged wheels with a unique hyper titanium colour, Gold aluminium model number plate in engine bay and new SRS curtain airbag system.
Nissan introduced the track focused, GT-R Nismo at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, as the world's fastest production vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7:08.679 minutes driven by Nissan test driver Michael Krumm.
In the new model, power increases to 447.5 kW (608 PS; 600 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 652 N⋅m (481 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,200-5,800 rpm. The 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time changed to 2.5 seconds. The gear-ratios did not change in the dual-clutch transmission. The fuel tank capacity is 74 L (19.5 US gal; 16.3 imp gal). Additional front and rear brake cooling ducts are added, and a full Nismo tuned suspension and brakes are installed, including a hollow 17.3 mm (0.68 in) rear stabilizer bar from the Nismo performance division.
Special edition forged alloys by RAYS in 20-inch size wheels with Nismo-spec Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT run-flat tyres are included. The standard GT-R's aluminium trunk lid is swapped out for a full carbon fibre panel and additional spot welds and adhesive help strengthen the chassis. A front splitter with carbon fibre air ducts up front add to the special Nismo full aerodynamic package, while a large racing-style carbon-fibre wing completes the rear.
Inside, the Nismo edition has special Recaro bucket seats with a black and red colour treatment made with synthetic suede. The instrument binnacle and steering wheel are also covered in Alcantara synthetic suede. The Bose stereo system does not have active noise control. The gauges have some red colour treatment as well. Nismo-specific options are low-gloss matte gray paint and a full titanium exhaust with additional heatsinks. These changes, in aggregate, reduced weight to 1,720 kg (3,792 lb), which is 17 kg (38 lb) lighter than the standard GT-R, which is the reason that the Nismo GT-R accelerates even faster than before.
- 2020 update
At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the 2020 model year GT-R Nismo and the 50th anniversary GT-R for the GT-R's 50th anniversary. Updates to the Nismo GT-R include a new "R mode" gear shifting the setting to shift gears more quickly, new turbochargers from the GT3 race car to improve acceleration, lighter RAYS 20-inch forged alloy wheels with specifically developed Dunlop tyres for the 2020 model year, GT3-inspired fender vents, lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes which is the biggest brake rotors ever fitted to a Japanese production car, new re-tuned suspension, and the roof, hood and fenders are made with carbon fibre to reduce weight. Nissan says the new GT-R Nismo is faster and more track-focused than previous models, with all new upgrades weight has been reduced to 1,703 kg (3,754 lb), which is 20 kg (44 lb) lighter compared to the 2017 model year GT-R Nismo.
Motor Trend interviewed Nissan's Chief Product Specialist (CPS) Hiroshi Tamura. He stated the acceleration from 0 to 80 km/h (0 to 50 mph) is quicker by 2.4 m (8 ft) because of improvement on acceleration and the lap time of the Nurburgring Nordschleife will be quicker by 5 seconds compared to the previous model year GT-R Nismo, because of a 5% improvement in cornering force and better braking performance than them.
Nissan claimed the car can accelerate 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.5 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). However, in a test conducted by Top Speed magazine, the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo accelerated from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.48 seconds. According to Nissan, the upgraded GT-R Nismo is 2.5 seconds quicker than the previous model year around Nissan's test track.
- GT-R Nismo N-Attack Package
A special package for the GT-R Nismo which is outfitted after the purchase of the Nismo model. This package includes the parts which the original GT-R Nismo used to set its lap time around the Nürburgring. The upgrades include, re-programmed ECU, retuned suspension springs and shock absorbers, new anti-roll bars, new front brake pads, a new carbon-fibre front fender with aerodynamic flic, a new carbon-fibre front splitter, and a larger carbon-fibre rear wing with two height and 12 angle adjustment options, new carbon-fibre intercooler pipes, new front and rear limited-slip differentials, new Recaro full-carbon bucket seats and a carbon-fibre bulkhead in place of the back seats. According to Nissan, this package removes 64 kg (143 lb) of weight from the standard GT-R Nismo, and is also available for the 2017 model year GT-R Nismo. This package available as A kit and B kit. These all upgrades includes in the A kit, but in B kit only includes, the suspension system, brake system, stabilizer bars, all carbon-fibre rear wing, front fenders and front splitter, both ESM and TCM and a driver only bucket seat.
45th Anniversary Gold Edition
Nissan introduced a limited production 45th Anniversary Gold Edition GT-R based on the premium package. Ride quality was improved compared to the previous model. It went on sale at the beginning of February 2015.
The car has the same twin-turbocharged 3,799 cc (231.8 cu in) V6 VR38DETT engine with 406 kW (545 hp; 553 PS) at 6,800 rpm and 652 N⋅m (481 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,200-5,800 rpm.
The car painted in a unique gold-coloured paint called Silica Brass, which was earlier used for the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 M-Spec. Other updates include a gold-tone VIN plate in the engine compartment, a commemorative plaque on the interior center console, new LED headlights, taillights, and brake lights, new fully black coloured interior, new 20-spoke RAYS wheels finished in black colour and the limited production vehicle number plate under the hood.
Nissan built 80 units of this edition, sold 25 for Japan, 27 for United States, 5 for United Kingdom, 2 for Mainland Europe, 16 for Middle East, 4 for Australia and one additional car for testing and press use.
To celebrate the GT-R's 50th anniversary, Nissan has announced that, in 2019, they will introduce a limited-production GT-R called the GT-R50. Only fifty of these cars will be produced. The GT-R50 shares its powertrain with the GT-R Nismo but is rated at 530 kW (721 PS; 711 hp) and 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft) of torque.
Upgrades to the engine include large diameter turbochargers shared with the GT3 specification GT-R, a heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods, a modified intake system, a new exhaust system, a recalibrated gearbox, and a reinforced differential. The rear suspension system uses Bilstein continuously variable dampers and the car uses carbon-ceramic brakes. The GT-R50 comes standard in 21-inch carbon-fibre wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The design of the bodywork is a result of a collaboration between Italdesign and Nissan, with the former celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Construction of the bodywork is mainly of aluminium and carbon-fibre.
It was originally shown as a concept car not intended for production. Nissan decided to produce fifty of them to celebrate Nissan's 50th anniversary but it was delayed 2 years to 2020 due to modifications required to make it road legal.
The design was developed by a team of Nissan's European and American designers and has been described as a "car within a car". The front and back sections are designed so they appear to be emerging from the bodywork. Key design elements include a redesigned rear section, stretched LED headlamps at the front, a power bulge on the hood, a lowered roofline, and "Samurai blade" cooling ducts behind the front wheels.
The first production model of the GT-R50 was revealed in May 2020 in Italy. It retains all the design elements of the prototype such as the new headlamps, the bumper designs, splitters, rocker panels, active rear wing, hollow taillamps, and dual tailpipes.
Naomi Osaka Edition
Nissan introduced the GT-R Naomi Osaka Edition for 2019 in September 2018. Nissan described that they made this car to celebrate the partnership with Nissan brand ambassador Naomi Osaka. Nissan planned to build 50 units of this model with the specifications of the GT-R Premium model.
The car came with three body colours including Midnight Opal, Brilliant White Pearl, and Meteor Flake Black Pearl. Both exterior and interior colours matched her. Other upgrades include new Ivory, Amber Red or Tan interior with Urban Black coloured seats, Carbon rear spoiler (with LED high-mount brake light), Gold aluminium model number plate in the engine compartment, SRS curtain airbag system, privacy glass, increased the antifreeze concentration and dark grey front fender outlet ducts.
50th Anniversary Edition
Nissan introduced the 50th Anniversary Edition for 2019 at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The car has the 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in) V6 VR38DETT engine with 421 kW (572 PS; 565 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 633 N⋅m (467 lb⋅ft) at 3,200-5,800 rpm.
Nissan introduced two-tone exterior colours – bayside (wangan) blue, with white racing stripes, blue accents on the wheel spokes, and pearl white with red stripes and super silver with white stripes also available for the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R.
Nismo Special Edition
On April 15, 2021, for the 2022 model year (as a 2021 model year in United States), Nissan unveiled a new, built-to-order, special edition of the Nissan GT-R Nismo (known as GT-R Nismo SV in Japan and Australian market) along with the standard GT-R Nismo and both models are limited to 300 units. Its launched in Japan in October 2021 as scheduled.
It offered with the new, Nismo-exclusive, Nismo Stealth Gray body colour, which was inspired by track tarmacs that the GT-R has set records on and competed on.
The special edition features a Nismo-exclusive clear-coated carbon-fibre hood, which reduces 100 grams of weight compared to the standard GT-R Nismo. The edition-exclusive 20-inch RAYS aluminium forged wheels have a red accent that matches existing accents around the body. The new Nissan logo unveiled on the Nissan Ariya adorns the rear trunk lid and wheel center caps.
The built-to-order special edition uses new, high-precision weight-balanced parts including the piston rings, connecting rods, flywheel, crank pulley and valve springs dialed in with tighter tolerances, delivering snappier revs and quicker turbo spooling.
On August 6, 2021, Nissan announced, all 300 units were sold out and stopped accepting orders for the GT-R Nismo and Special Edition from customers. According to Nissan, 99% of customers chose to buy the GT-R Nismo Special Edition.
On September 14, 2021, Nissan introduced the T-spec model of the GT-R via its official YouTube channel. T-spec was inspired by words "Trend Maker" and "Traction Master", which were used to represent the first GT-R concept back in 2001. This model will be limited for 100 units, which will available only 50 units for United States, 28 for Australian market and the rest for other markets. The T-spec has some exclusive upgrades and changes over the standard GT-R Premium.
Features include Millennium Jade and Midnight Purple exterior colours which were used in Skyline GT-R R34's special editions, exclusive gold and black engine cover, even wider front fenders, carbon-fibre rear spoiler, RAYS forged wheels finished in bronze colour, Nismo carbon ceramic brakes, GT-R Nismo air ducts, suspension weight reduction below the springs, T-spec badging in both interior and exterior, new interior with plenty of leather, suede and Alcantara finished in a new colour named Mori Green, increased wheel-rim width for better tyre rigidity and smooth, sensitive handling, and exclusive carbon-fibre roof and trunk lid for Track Edition T-spec.
The T-spec trim offered in both Premium and Track Edition GT-R trims. Nissan began taking orders from September 15–29, 2021. Sales began in the second half of October along with the GT-R Nismo Special Edition as a 2022 model year (as a 2021 model year in United States).
In 2012, a "Usain Bolt" special edition GT-R was built by Nissan and auctioned off to raise funds for charity along with a display model held in Tokyo, Japan. In 2013, another one was built and delivered to Usain Bolt. Bolt's car has gray wheels, a "Spec Bolt" badge and "white egoist" colour style interior. Its licence plate is 7300GJ, corresponding to Jamaica.
The displayed car has grey chrome wheels but no Bolt Spec badge and a black interior with red accents along the edge of the seat. It has a license plate with the words "MR BOLT" on them. After being displayed, it was moved to the Nissan Heritage Museum, Zama where it is exhibited.
Rod Maher of Australia won the auctioned vehicle at the charity eBay auction. This car delivered as an Australian specification GT-R and has gold wheels, a black interior but no red accents or Bolt Spec badge.
Fastest drift vehicle
Nissan builds the fastest drift vehicle with support of Nismo by using a 2016 model year GT-R which was specifically tuned for the Guinness World Record for Fastest Drift.
The modifications included power output is increased to 1,029 kW (1,399 PS; 1,380 hp), a racecar spec interior, Greddy Trust's tuning setup, new aerodynamic parts, specially tuned TOYO tyres, new Recaro seats and new RAYS lightweight wheels. Tests began at Fuji Speedway in Japan with a professional drifting driver Masato Kawabata. At the end of the tests the Nissan GT-R broke the record at Fujairah International Airport, UAE.
Three attempts were undertaken by the Nissan Middle East's organization. There were three attempts with driver Masato Kawabata for the record and on the third attempt car broke the record with a trap speed of 304.96 km/h at a 30-degree angle drift.
The Predzilla GT-R was specially built by a 2017 model year Nissan GT-R Premium Edition and donated to the Nashville Predators Foundation. This Nissan GT-R was the main attraction in the Predators Foundation fundraising auction.
This GT-R Premium model is custom-painted in Preds' official colours and graphics and features a carbon fibre rear spoiler, especially blue colour painted RAYS wheels and a black coloured interior.
Nissan built this car to celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport and to mark 20 years of Nissan involvement in the Gran Turismo gaming series. This car was extensively modified to be driven entirely by a DualShock 4 controller.
The GT-R/C controlled by Nismo athlete and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough around in a cockpit of a helicopter at the Silverstone National Circuit. On Mardenborough's fastest lap which took 1:17.47 minutes, the car averaged 122 km/h and reached a top speed of 211 km/h.
The GT-R/C is fitted with four robots that operate the steering, transmission, brakes, and throttle. Six computers mounted in the rear of the car update the controls at up to 100 times a second.
The unmodified Dual-Shock 4 connects to a micro-computer that interprets the joystick and button signals and transmits them to the cars' onboard systems. The wireless operation has a primary control range of one kilometre.
To help Mardenborough judge the vehicle's speed through the corners, a Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor was installed to relay speed data to an LCD display in the helicopter cockpit.
The GT-R/C is also fitted with two independent safety systems operating on different radio frequencies in order to allow two additional operators to apply full ABS braking and cut the engine in the event of the main operator losing control of the vehicle.
In 2018, the Nissan GT-R/C used in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the UK to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.
McDonald's Tomica Happy Set
On April 15, 2021, Nissan unveiled a one-Off special version of the Nissan GT-R Nismo. This vehicle is based on the 2022 model year Nissan GT-R Nismo Special Edition and painted in a gold body colour. In collaboration with McDonald's in Japan, a miniature toy car Nissan GT-R Nismo will be available in the “Tomica Happy Set" (a popular McDonald's meal set for children). To promote this, Nissan and McDonald's held a joint event at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama.
The Happy Set was on sale for a limited time in Japan, began on April 30, 2021.
The Nissan GT-R was used as police vehicles by several police departments over the years. This includes the Tochigi Police Department Japan, Abu Dhabi Police U.A.E, Dubai Police Force U.A.E and a one-off police vehicle named "Copzilla" which is shown at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The Copzilla is not an in service police vehicle.
Nissan states the GT-R can attain a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph) however Motor Trend recorded a top speed of 313.8 km/h (195.0 mph). In tests the original production model was shown to be capable of achieving 0-97 km/h (60 mph) times as low as 3.2 seconds using "launch control". Owners expressed concern that duplicating the times achieved in these tests would void their factory warranty. Nissan's chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno has indicated that he has never used the term "launch control", which refers to the act of turning off vehicle dynamic control (VDC) and launching the car at around 4,500 rpm. However, Nissan's director of product planning officer, John Wiener stated in an interview with Jay Leno that "we (Nissan) actually offer a 'launch mode'". The GT-R user's manual states that turning off the VDC is only meant for escaping low-traction situations such as mud or snow. However Nissan used to turn off the VDC during hot laps and time attacks. Nissan has re-programmed the 2010 model year GT-R to reduce the engine speed at launch to around 3,500–4,000 rpm with VDC enabled, which is meant to improve acceleration times. The new programming was also installed on old 2009 vehicles still in Nissan's inventory, and is available for existing 2009 vehicles.
The updated GT-R now has a launch mode called "R-Mode Start". Pushing the three buttons up, includes the Transmission, Suspension and VDC the car gets to "R-Mode Start". The system allows a maximum of 4 consecutive hard launches before locking itself out, after which it can be unlocked by driving normally for 2.4 km (1.5 mi). The updated GT-R now combined with the "R-Mode Start" has lowered the 0-97 km/h (60 mph) time to 3.2 seconds, set a Guinness World Record for the fastest accelerating four-seater production vehicle. From Nissan's upgrades done to the later model years, acceleration figures, top speed and Nürburgring lap times have been improved.
|Model Year||Power kW (hp)||Torque
|Top speed||Nürburgring Lap Time|
|2009||358 (480)||583 (430)||3.2 s||11.6 s at 193 km/h (120.0 mph)||315 km/h (196 mph)||7:26.70|
|2010||362 (485)||583 (430)||11.3 s at 200 km/h (124.30 mph)||318 km/h (197 mph)||–|
|2011–2012||395 (530)||607 (448)||2.8 s||11.0 s at 200 km/h (124.45 mph)||320 km/h (199 mph)||7:24.22[a]|
|2013–2016||406 (545)||628 (463)||2.7 s||10.7 s at 204 km/h (126.76 mph)||324 km/h (201 mph)||7:18.6|
|2017–2022||421 (565)||633 (467)||328 km/h (204 mph)||–|
|2015–2019 Nismo||447 (600)||652 (481)||2.5 s||10.5 s 209 km/h (130 mph)[dubious ]||330 km/h (205 mph)||7:08.679|
|2020–2022 Nismo||447 (600)||652 (481)||7:03[b]|
- Lap time done in wet condition.
- Nissan claimed lap time, unclear whether it's an estimation or not.
In 2013, in a joint project of Nissan Russia and LAV Productions, a 2012 model year GT-R set the ice speed record for a production car at the Lake Baikal, southern Siberia, Russia. The record was set by Russian racing driver Roman Rusinov with a trap speed of 294.8 km/h (183 mph). This lake considered as the deepest lake around the world. According to Nissan, the record car was in standard specifications with standard Bridgestone tyres.
Official Nürburgring lap times
In 2009 Nissan claimed a lap time of 7:26.7 minutes with a 2009 model year GT-R on the base model's run-flat Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tyres, making it the fastest four-seater production vehicle and 7th fastest production vehicle around the track. having previously set a time of 7:29 minutes on standard Bridgestone Potenza RE070R street tyres. Porsche has claimed Nissan overstated the GT-R's performance in September 2008. Porsche claimed to have conducted a test of a factory stock, European market GT-R and achieved a slower time (of 7:54 minutes), apparently implying that the car isn't as fast around this public road as Nissan claims and/or that their driver isn't as talented as Nissan's. Nissan disputed the former and implied the latter claim in October 2008.
In September 2010, Nissan's set a Nürburgring lap time using the 2011 model year GT-R with a new facelift. Driven by GT-R's development driver Toshio Suzuki on semi-wet (damp) conditions. and the car set a lap time of 7:24.22 minutes, however the achieved lap time made enough to be the 5th fastest production vehicle around the track.
According to Nissan, the GT-R improved its Nürburgring lap time in October 2012 to 7:19.1 minutes by due to the 2013 model year improvements. This allowed the GT-R to regain the 5th fastest ever production vehicle title around the Nürburgring, equalling with the Porsche 911 (997.2) GT2 RS. Nissan claimed that it lost half a second in traffic, making a potential lap time of 7:18.6 minutes possible.
In February 2013, Nissan opened the new Nismo headquarters in Yokohama. Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn considered to introduce a track-oriented version of the GT-R, named as GT-R Nismo. He wanted the GT-R Nismo to set a production vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and to be sold as the leading Nismo brand within a year. On May 18 development began, with Nissan's chief vehicle engineer Noboru Kaneko, who appointed after the retirement of Kazutoshi Mizuno. Led the joint Nismo and Dunlop Tyres effort to set the production vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring.
On June 26, the team started testing with standard GT-R test mules at Sendai Hi-Land Raceway. On July 16, the team visited the Nürburgring to collected data and aid development, with it the team built the GT-R Nismo and its aerodynamic development was finalized after testing it at the Sendai Raceway on July 24.
On September 2, the team returned to the Nürburgring with three GT-R Nismo prototypes and four drivers. drivers included Infiniti Red Bull Racing third driver Sébastien Buemi, Nismo global brand ambassador and racing driver Michael Krumm, German touring car driver Armin Hahne, and a Japanese racing driver, Tetsuya Tanaka. team finalized testing of the GT-R Nismo and on September 30, the team was aiming for a lap under 7:10 minutes with the optional N-Attack Package equipped. All four drivers were offered 2 laps each and Armin Hahne and Tetsuya Tanaka didn't get close enough to the target lap time. But Sébastien Buemi completed a lap time of 7:12 minutes on his first attempt, on his second, he stopped to take some fuel out to reduce the weight, while on the way to complete a lap time under 7:10 minutes, the car ran out of fuel. Michael Krumm achieves a lap time of 7:10 minutes in his first attempt.
At 4:48 p.m. just twelve minutes before the Nordschleife was scheduled to close, and five minutes before the rain, Michael Krumm completed his second lap time of 7:08.679 minutes and achieved a peak speed of 310 km/h (193 mph) on the Dottinger Hohe uphill climb, making it the fastest production vehicle around the track.
After setting the lap record, the Nismo team invited the Car and Driver journalist Tony Quiroga to set the fastest lap time with a passenger at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Michael Krumm drove the GT-R Nismo with the journalist on passenger seat, and set the lap record for the fastest production vehicle lap time, recorded with a passenger around the track with a lap time of 7:19.46 minutes and a peak speed of 303 km/h (188 mph) on the Dottinger Hohe uphill climb.
Independent Nürburgring lap times
In a test conducted by Drivers Republic of a GT-R and Porsche 911 (997) GT2 resulted in times of 7:56 minutes for the GT-R and 7:49 minutes for the GT2 respectively in partially damp conditions. While the tester had no doubt that the GT2 could achieve the factory time of 7:32 minutes, he couldn't imagine the customer GT-R going faster than 7:41 minutes in spite of the 7:29 minutes of factory claim.
The German magazine Sport Auto achieved a time of 7:50 minutes on the Nürburgring with a car supplied to them by Nissan during an initial short test in 2007 in partially damp condition. In 2009, in a full "supertest" sport auto achieved a time of 7:38 minutes on the Nürburgring with a standard GT-R driven by Horst von Saurma, identical to a later "supertest" Corvette ZR1 time. In a first test with the 2011 facelifted GT-R model, Sport Auto recorded a lap time of 7:34 minutes on the Nürburgring with a standard GT-R driven by Horst von Saurma.
Note: these tests were done with customer specification vehicles with standard fuel, journalist driver, traffic and electronic stability control (ESC) switched on.
|Chassis/Model||Racetrack||Lap time (minutes)||Driver|
|CBA–R35||Driving Center Groß Dölln||1:27.30||–|
|Castle Combe Circuit||1:14.60||Steve Sutcliffe|
|Mobility Resort Motegi||2:07.60||Naoki Hattori|
|DBA–R35||Sportsland Sugo||1:33.80||Keiichi Tsuchiya|
|Contidrom 3.8 km Course||1:30.73||–|
|Llandow Circuit||0:45.70||Steve Sutcliffe|
|Suzuka International Racing Course||2:18.36||–|
|4BA–R35||Athens Circuit–Megara||1:06.68||Alex Galanopoulos|
|Nismo||Nürburgring Norschleife||7:08.67||Michael Krumm|
|Goodwood Circuit||0:49.27||Jann Mardenborough|
|Fuji Speedway||1:50.93||Tsugio Matsuda|
|Nürburgring GP 5.15 km Course||2:13.80||Christian Gebhardt|
|Willow Springs–Street of Willow||1:19.07||Randy Pobst|
|Willow Springs International Motorsports Prak||1:25.70|
|INTA Circuit||1:05.83||Marc Gené|
|Maze Sea Circuit||1:03.44||Keiichi Tsuchiya|
- Driving Center Groß Dölln
In November 2009, the GT-R set a lap time, at the Driving Center Groß Dölln circuit in 1:27.30 minutes, which was the fastest for a production vehicle at the time. And it was done by the German car magazine Auto Bild in a comparison test, beating a Porsche 911 (997) Turbo.
- Castle Combe Circuit
In December 2009, in an Autocar magazine comparison test between a GT-R, Porsche 911 (997) Turbo and Audi R8, the GT-R managed to set the production car lap record at Castle Combe Circuit in semi–wet (damp) conditions, with a lap time of 1:14.60 minutes, driven by Steve Sutcliffe.
- Mobility Resort Motegi
In May 2008, in a Best Motoring conducted test, the GT-R completed a 2:07.60 minute lap time around the Mobility Resort Motegi Circuit driven by Naoki Hattori, making it the fastest production car around the track at the time.
- Zwartkops Raceway
- Sportsland Sugo
In January 2011, in a Best Motoring conducted time attack challenge, the GT-R achieved a lap time of 1:33.808 minutes around the Sportsland Sugo driven by Keiichi Tsuchiya, making it the fastest production car around the track at the time.
- Willow Springs - Street of Willow
In February 2012, Motor Trend conducted a comparison test between the GT-R, Corvette C6 Z06 and Mustang GT500. According to the results from the test, Randy Pobst drove the GT-R around the Willow Springs-Street of Willow and set a lap time of 1:20.25 minutes. This made it the fastest production car around the track at the time. Later in May 2013, the same magazine tested a GT-R Track Edition and broke the lap record with a lap time of 1:19.55 minutes.
- Contidrom 3.8 km Course
In August 2015, Auto Bild tested the GT-R on the 3.8 km course of the Contidrom race track. They achieved a lap time of 1:30.73 minutes, making it the fastest production car around the track at the time.
- Llandow Circuit
In August 2015, Auto Express conducted a comparison test between the GT-R and the Skyline GT-R R34 at the Llandow Circuit. The GT-R set a lap time of 45.70 around the track, driven by Steve Sutcliffe, fastest lap time recorded in a production vehicle around the track at the time.
- Suzuka International Racing Course
In an unofficial testing session, the GT-R set the lap record for a production car around the Suzuka International Racing Course with lap time of 2:18.36 minutes. In 2015 the record was broken by a Koenigsegg One:1, which was just eight tenth of a second quicker than the GT-R. However the Koenigsegg One:1 wasn't been able to qualify as a production car, due to only 6 units were built out from the required 25 units.
- Athens Circuit - Megara
On November 10, 2016, in a test conducted by Drive Magazine at the Athens Circuit - Megara, the GT-R completed a lap time of 1:06.68 minutes. Driven by Alex Galanopoulos with a passenger in the vehicle, making it the fastest production vehicle around the track at the time.
- Goodwood Circuit
In June 2014, the GT-R Nismo prototype equipped with the N-Attack Package was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car driven on the Goodwood Circuit by Jann Mardenborough, set a time of 49.27 seconds, making it the fastest production vehicle around the track.
- Fuji Speedway
In a pre-testing session of the GT-R Nismo at the Fuji Speedway, With the N-Attack Package equipped, the car set a new production car lap record around the track. Driven by Tsugio Matsuda, set a lap time of 1:50.930 minutes.
- Nürburgring GP 5.15 km Course
On August 13, 2014, German car magazine Sport Auto tested the 2015 model year GT-R Nismo at the Nurburgring GP 5.15 km circuit with traffic, driven by Christian Gebhardt, set the fastest production vehicle lap time around the track with a lap time of 2:13.80 minutes.
- Willow Springs - Street of Willow
In September 2014, Motor Trend conducted a test using the 2015 model year GT-R Nismo at Willow Springs - Street of Willow circuit. The test driver Randy Pobst set a lap time of 1:19.07 minutes and making it the fastest road-legal production vehicle around track. The 2014 model year GT-R Track Edition holds the second place with a lap time of 1:19.55 minutes and 2012 model year standard GT-R holds the third place with a lap time of 1:20.25 minutes from the production vehicle lap times around track.
- Willow Springs International Motorsports Park
In February 2015, Motor Trend tested a comparison with the GT-R Nismo and the Corvette C7 Z06, On the track test, test driver Randy Pobst drove the GT-R Nismo at Willow Springs International Motorsports Prak and set a new production vehicle lap record around the track at the time with a lap time of 1:25.70 minutes.
- Tsukuba Circuit
On December 8, 2017, in a test conducted by Nissan for 50th anniversary of the GT-R, a 2018 model year GT-R Nismo, driven by Kazuo Shimizu, set a lap time of 1.00.293 minutes on the Tsukuba Circuit – making it the fastest production vehicle around the track at the time. On December 9, 2019, Nissan again broke the own record of the fastest production vehicle around the track using a 2020 model year GT-R Nismo, driven by Tsugio Matsuda, set a lap time of 59.361 seconds. And the car became the first production car to lap the circuit under one minute.
- INTA Circuit
In 2018, Nissan conducted a test on the INTA Circuit in Spain, driven by Marc Gené with a 2017 model year GT-R Nismo, GT-R Track Edition, and a standard GT-R. The GT-R Nismo set a new production vehicle lap record around the track with a lap time of 1:05.83 minutes. The GT-R Track Edition lapped in 1:06.39 minutes and took second place, standard GT-R lapped in 1:06.93 minutes and took the third place from the fastest production vehicle lap times around the track.
- Maze Sea Circuit
In a track battle conducted by Best Motoring at Maze Sea Circuit (also known as Nihonkai Maze Circuit), a 2017 model year GT-R Nismo set a new production car lap record around the track with a lap time of 1:03.448 minutes, driven by Keiichi Tsuchiya.
The Nissan GT-R has been praised by various magazines, television programs, and automotive publications for its ultimate performance capabilities and practicality, continuing its predecessor's nicknames (such as "Godzilla" and "Supercar Killer") since its debut in 2007. The GT-R is known to boast a performance equalling or even exceeding its competitors at around half the price, and possesses extensive aftermarket modifications, tunability and reliability. It also brought highly notable Nürburgring lap times and new technologies to the automotive industry, such as being the first rear-mounted, independent transaxle vehicle at the time, and being one of the earliest vehicles to use a dual-clutch transmission and launch control. These led the GT-R to obtain its current recognition in the automotive industry.
Motor Trend called the GT-R "Godzilla" in their reviews, tests and drag races. At the first acceleration test in 2009, they praised the GT-R's launch control by stating "BAM! The GT-R leaves the line like an arrow from a cross-bow. From the outside, the rear tyres spin for a little over a foot, the fronts never visibly slip. The acceleration screen on the centre dash confirms the test equipment's assertion that longitudinal acceleration of at least 1.0 g persists for almost two seconds. No wonder the forged-aluminium rims have little knurled ridges to keep the tyre beads from slipping." They also stated the GT-R "appears to dodge the laws of physics". While criticized for not being offered with a manual transmission and interior quality, they nevertheless named it the 2009 Motor Trend Automobile of the Year.
At Car and Driver's first test, they gave the verdict for the GT-R as "Prejudged on its specs, the GT-R is winning on appeal", because of its acceleration, handling, and practicality performance. Edmunds also praised the GT-R by stating "the Nissan GT-R delivers true supercar performance in a user-friendly package for less coin than a base Porsche 911", also claiming "the GT-R can get you to 60 mph faster than any Ferrari or Lamborghini currently in production".
Top Gear magazine praised the GT-R by stating "This car is the greatest performance bargain of this or any other century, and is one of the most incredible cars of any kind ever built. For the price of a BMW M3, you have a four-wheel-drive, super-high-tech, all-weather, 195mph supercar with tremendous ability on all roads and an almost impossibly cool image. And a boot".
At the first test of Road & Track, they gave a positive verdict about the GT-R, stating "The power from the GT-R's engine is phenomenal. Not because it has so much of it, but because it's delivered in such a smooth, naturally aspirated fashion. The smaller turbos of the GT-R spool up more quickly than the Porsche's, giving the effect of no lag. Its engine note, however, doesn't stir my sensibilities the way the Z06's and the 911 Turbo's do", and also "The GT-R responds best when thrown into corners with gusto. Under braking with a bit of turn to the steering wheel, the GT-R's back end will come into play to help you tighten the corner line a bit, but never so much as to make the car unstable. Steering effort is light, and the all-wheel-drive system takes much of the drama out of exiting corners". About the practicality of the car, the magazine states, "There's plenty of room for a big guy and a back seat that can be used by shorter folks on the occasional run to lunch. The ride is on the harsh side, even with the suspension setting switched to full comfort. The various screens of the monitor are neat, though some of the materials here could be better. But could I spend all day in the car? You bet." At the end, the magazine gave the GT-R a positive verdict by stating "fact it wears a Nissan badge — the GT-R might well be considered the most exotic car on the planet".
In Autocar magazine, Chris Harris criticized the GT-R for giving a harsh/uncomfortable ride, stating "with the three-way dampers set to hard, it is undriveable", but praised its performance and drivetrain by stating "There is only one performance car with a better powertrain than the GT-R, and it is made by Bugatti at considerable cost. With the double-clutch gearbox set to automatic you only feel a slight judder from first to second and thereafter it is, for want of a less sickly phrase, seamless" and "there is real sophistication to the way it handles. And, unlike its predecessor, the R35 doesn't just spit you in to oversteer. It simply catapults you away from slow turns". At the end, a motor journalist stated "I want one now! If you can't wait for a UK car some time next year then you'll need to personally import one. But believe me: if you're after the ultimate performance weapon of the moment, there is every reason to. This is the best value performance car on the planet".
In Series 11 of the British motoring show Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson praised the GT-R's acceleration by stating, "I think they've put a million horsepower engine, because the acceleration is blistering, it's just savage!". Clarkson also complimented its cornering performance by stating "they haven't built a new car here, they built a new yardstick" and "it corners faster than electricity". He was forced to end the test prematurely after the GT-R's cornering speed caused him to pull a muscle in his neck at Fuji Speedway.
In another episode of Top Gear, James May tested the GT-R's launch control. After his first run using launch control, he stated "that's tremendous, I've never gone off the line that well in a car". Clarkson also stated "there's no car that accelerates when you look from 30 yards like this one does". In addition, both presenters stated, "I want it".
In an episode of Fifth Gear, Jason Plato praised the GT-R's acceleration and cornering performance, stating "it's a great car, it's fantastic fun, it's great value for money, we like it, we like it a lot".
Jay Leno, in his television show, praised the GT-R's performance and overall practicality for a sports car by stating "I'm starting to feel that I could get emotionally involved with this car... Let me drop it down a gear and see... Check the pull!... OK, I think I'm emotionally involved. Time to call my wife. Honey, I met something, another car. Not to take your place, just something different."
The Nissan GT-R had various motorsport success in motor racing, drag racing, time attack, hill climbing and drifting. In motor racing the GT-R won championships and had success in Super GT Series, RAC Tourist Trophy, FIA GT1 World Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, Intercontinental GT Challenge, Dubai 24 hour, 24 hours of Nürburgring, Bathurst 12 Hour, 24 hours of Spa, Blancpain Endurance Series and Super Taikyu Series.
The 2008 GT500 version of the car has a completely different drivetrain compared to the production car. The race car is upgraded to a VK45DE 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 instead of the twin-turbocharged VR38DETT V6 engine. It uses a 6-speed sequential manual gearbox and a rear-wheel-drive layout from its predecessor, the 350Z race car.
A prototype was spotted testing around the Suzuka Circuit as well as Fuji Speedway in Japan. The car went on to win the opening race of the 2008 Super GT season at Suzuka scoring a one-two finish for Nissan. In race two, the GT-Rs repeated their 1–2 result. It won the drivers' championship in the 2008 season through the Xanavi Nismo GT-R driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Benoît Tréluyer, although they only came third in the teams' championship. It also won 7 out of 9 races by 4 different teams using GT-Rs.
The GT500 version scored 4 victories in the 2009 Japanese SUPER GT Series GT 500 class.
The GT-R won championships of the GT500 class in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 seasons. It also won championships of the GT300 class in the 2015 and 2020 seasons. After the 2021 season, Nissan announced that the GT-R will be retired from Super GT because regulation changes made the GT-R uncompetitive since the 2015 season. However, along with its 5 championships the GT-R has won 41 races and scored 55 podiums from 112 race starts, making it one of the most successful GT500 race cars. The GT-R will be replaced with the newly updated GT500-spec Z car in the 2022 season after the model's 15-year absence.
FIA GT/GT1 World Championship
On February 27, 2009, Nismo announced a partnership with British racing team Gigawave Motorsports to enter a GT-R in four races in the 2009 FIA GT Championship season. The entry did not compete for championship points but was used by Nismo to refine the performance of the GT-R for future customer teams to use the car in the planned FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010. Nismo driver Michael Krumm and Gigawave driver Darren Turner would co-drive the GT1 GT-R.
JR Motorsports with the drivers Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr won the Drivers Championship for the 2011 season, gaining 3 wins and 1 pole position in 10 races. The team got second place in the teams' championship because in the last race the No.23 car retired from a crash and the No.22 car had a penalty when leading in the first place of the race and finished at 8th. End of the race team behind by just 3 points by the team champions.
Designed and produced specifically to compete in the FIA GT1 World Championship, the GT-R GT1 is based on the road-going version of the Nissan GT-R. The GT-R GT1 is powered by a Nismo race-prepped VK56DE, a naturally aspirated V8 engine that displaces 5,552 cc. It measures 2,040 mm (80.3 in) in width, 4,730 mm (186.2 in) inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 2,780 mm (109.4 in).
- Displacement: DOHC naturally aspirated V8 front mid-engine 5,552 cc (5.6 L; 338.8 cu in)
- Power output: 600 PS; 591 hp; 600 PS (capped – GT1 regulations)
- Valves Per Cylinder: 4
- Torque: 649.91 N⋅m (479.35 lb⋅ft)
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
- Kerb weight: 1,250 kg (2,756 lb) (as per GT1 regulations)
- Transmission: Ricardo 6-speed transaxle, sequential shift lever, 5.5-inch carbon triple-plate clutch
- Suspension: Adjustable suspension with double wishbones front and multi-link rear
- Brakes: Brembo 6-piston calipers with carbon discs and pads
- Tyres: Front and rear Michelin 31/71-18 (GT1 controlled specification)
GT-R Nismo GT3
The GT-R Nismo GT3 is powered by the VR38DETT, a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that displaces 3,799 cc. It measures 80.15 inches in width, 188.19 inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 109.45 inches.
- Displacement: DOHC twin-turbocharged V6 front mid-engine 3,799 cc (3.8 L; 231.8 cu in)
- Power output: 447 kW (608 PS; 599 hp) at 6,500 rpm
- Valves Per Cylinder: 4
- Torque: 691 N⋅m (510 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm
- Drivetrain: Premium Midship RWD
- Kerb weight: 1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
- Brakes: Front: 6-piston caliper Rear: 4-piston caliper
- Drag coefficient: Cd=0.26
- Transmission: Six-speed sequential racing transmission in transaxle configuration with multi-disc limited-slip differential and traction control
- Suspension: Adjustable suspension with double wishbones front and multi-link rear
- Extras: semi-automatic paddle-shift
- Tyres: Front: 330/710-18, Rear: 330/710-18
- Top speed: 293–330 km/h (182–205 mph) depending on gearing ratio.
For the 2018 model year, GT-R Nismo GT3 slightly had new upgrades, including, 5.9 inch (150 mm) lowered engine by using a thin oil pan by implementing a dry sump oil system, entire powertrain has been lowered, the engine slightly moved backwards, re-tuned suspension now with double-wishbone setup for rear, air flow inside the engine compartment has been optimized, modified radiator, air inlet, air outlet and an intercooler, lowered seating position, optional air conditioning system to keep driver in perfect condition, re-designed steering wheel and center console switch panel.
These upgrades led the GT-R Nismo GT3 to reduce weight by 15 kg (33 lb), which is now at 1285 kg (2832 lb), lowered center of gravity to improve driving stability and handling and downforce also have been increased while reducing drag.
The GT-R Nismo GT3 won the 2015 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour driven by Katsumasa Chiyo, Wolfgang Reip, and Florian Strauss. The Nismo team returned to the Mount Panorama Circuit for the 2016 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour where after qualifying a disappointing 13th, Chiyo, Strauss and Nissan Australia's Rick Kelly finished in second place, only 1.2 seconds behind the race-winning McLaren 650S GT3 from Tekno Autosports. The Nismo Athlete Global Team led the most laps in the race having led for 107 of the 297 laps run.
In addition, a GT-R Nismo GT3 won the Pro-Am cup championship at the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series. but in two years later Nissan GT Academy won the championship at the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series which was the world's biggest GT championship at the time. and also it won the Super Taikyu Series and Super GT for several times respectively. As well as the championship at the Blancpain Endurance Series, at the 2015 Dubai 24 hour, Nissan GT Academy RJN team finished 2nd at its class and became 5th at overall standings.
In 2016, it won in all six races for the Super Endurance Series, easily winning the series championship. At the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the car finished all the races consecutively 4 years in a row between 2014 and 2017, as well as finishing 24 Hours Nurburgring consecutively between 2014 and 2016.
A production-based GT-R made its world motorsport debut in Australia's Targa Tasmania tarmac rally in April 2008, however it sustained damage early in the event and did not complete the rally. Later in 2008 a GT-R won the Competition Modern class in the Targa West before returning to Targa Tasmania in 2009 to take the outright win in the Modern class. In 2009 Nissan's GT-R won the One Lap of America competition. In 2010 the GT-R finished 2nd over all in the One Lap of America competition.
On June 4, 2010, Nismo announced a Club Track Edition GT-R available via its Nissan supported Omori aftermarket factory. This domestic market trim is a non-street legal, race-ready variant equipped with a 6-point roll cage and upgraded with the Nismo race package developed through its Tokachi endurance racer program.
On June 25 and 26, 2011, the No. 71 Schulze Motorsport Nissan GT-R took part in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring 2011 driven by Michael Schulze, Tobias Schulze, Kazunori Yamauchi and Yasuyoshi Yamamoto. The car finished the race in 36th place overall, achieving a victory in the SP 8T class after overcoming several technical problems. It was the first time a Nissan GT-R took part in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. In 2013, Nissan participated the SP8T class with 2 Club Track Edition GT-Rs as a works team, which driven by Team Nissan and Team GT Academy, both cars completed a 1–2 finish in its class and 30th and 99th in overall driven by Lucas Ordonez, Kazunori Yamauchi, Yasukichi Yamamoto and Tobias Schulze and Michael Krumm, Toshio Suzuki, Kazuki Hoshino, Tetsuya Tanaka respectively.
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Despite early concerns about the difficulty of modifying the Nissan GT-R, many aftermarket tuning parts have become available. The previously reported "untunable" ECU has since been hacked by several tuning houses.
COBB Tuning was the first company to access the GT-R's encrypted ECU. With their AccessPORT anyone can reprogram both the engine and transmission control units with off the shelf or custom maps. Mine's also has limited control of the ECU, and others (MCR, HKS, and Top Secret) have bypassed the unit. They have been seen testing modified GT-Rs with the former two having conducted tests at the Tsukuba Circuit.
Ecutek tuning, on the other hand, was the first company to manipulate and change shift points on the GT-R in the TCM (Transmission Control Module) on automatic mode. This can be done at will by the driver. Ecutek also allows the driver to adjust launch control on the fly available with a wrap-around boost gauge that can read over 20 PSI. Like COBB Tuning, Ecutek currently offers engine tuning on the ECU and TCM with different launch control software from LC1 up to LC5. On January 16, 2013, Ecutek also became the first company to construct and offer Flex Fuel hardware and software capability for all Nissan GT-Rs. This fuel kit requires the Ecutek specific TCM. The kit provides changes in the cold start cranking compensation, changes to the maximum target boost, changes in the ignition timing, changes to target airflow, changes in cam timing, and changes in the fuel economy gauge reading all based solely on ethanol content in the gas tank.
Japan based tuner Mine's has created the VR38DETT super response engine which uses lightened engine internals like titanium rods, lightened pistons and many other components that allow the engine to rev more quickly, it makes 588 kW; 789 hp; 800 PS.
AMS Performance, Alpha Logic Performance, and Extreme Turbo Systems all build drag cars and aftermarket tuner parts for the Nissan GT-R.
In a review by Motor Trend editor Scott Kanemura, it was revealed that the GPS system fitted to the GT-R would remove the 180 km/h (112 mph) speed limiter when the car arrives at a race track, but only on tracks approved by Nissan. Aftermarket ECUs have been developed to bypass the speed limiter, in addition to stand-alone speed-limiter defeaters. The GPS check will not be implemented in American models.
In August 2008, Nissan's official motorsport and tuning arm Nismo announced the "Club Sport" tuning package for the GT-R . The package, which is also fitted to the SpecV, includes Bilstein Damptronic compatible dampers, 20" forged aluminium wheels from RAYS Engineering, Bridgestone run-flat tyres, Recaro carbon fibre-shelled bucket seats, a titanium exhaust, and a revised rear diffuser with an added cooling duct. The package is supported by a warranty and saves over 20 kg (44 lb).
AMS Performance, based in West Chicago, Illinois, has set record power levels and performance numbers for the GT-R. Their Alpha Omega GT-R as well as the first GT-R to reach the 9's, 8's, 7's and 6's. In June 2013, OMEGA broke into the 7s when it ran a 7.98 at 299.56 km/h (186.14 mph). During the evening of the 7-second pass, Omega broke a couple of other records. Omega bested its previous 97–209 km/h (60–130 mph) time with 2.67 seconds. Omega also broke the 161–241 km/h (100–150 mph) record which was previously held by an Underground Racing TT Gallardo (2.58 seconds) with 2.45 seconds. But in June 2015, the Alpha Omega GT-R get generating over 2050 HP and boasts 0–60 mph time of 1.49 seconds. Omega set multiple world records at the WannaGoFast 1/2 Mile Shootout at Built Field Airport in Monee, Illinois which included: 361.8 km/h (224.91 mph) in a standing 1/2 mile; 97–209 km/h (60–130 mph) time in 2.28 seconds; 0–161 km/h (0–100 mph) in 2.78 seconds; 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 7.07 seconds; 0–322 km/h (0–200 mph) in 10.49 seconds. the Alpha Omega GT-R did its best quarter-mile time in 7.49 seconds at 310 km/h (193 mph). making it the quickest and fastest GT-R and road-legal vehicle in the world. and the car won the King Of The Streets competition two times in a row. The AMS Performance Alpha Omega package functions more as a shop/research and development vehicle which is the reason why it is not available to the general public. However, anybody can purchase the Alpha 6, Alpha 9, Alpha 10, Alpha 12, Alpha 14, Alpha 16, and Alpha X packages; each respectively with approximately 600, 900, 1000, 1200, 1,400, 1,600, 2,200 wheel horsepower when installed and tuned.
In 2017 AMS Performance build a GT-R calls Alpha-G GT-R and the car will be the first Nissan GT-R to do a quarter-mile in 6 seconds. The car ran it from 6.937 seconds driven by Gidi Chamdi with a trap speed of 315.36 km/h (196 mph) and held the fastest AWD record. But Later ETS (Extreme Turbo Systems) GT-R broke the record with 6.88 seconds of quarter-mile pass at 358.80 km/h (223 mph). And it became the world's fastest car at a standing half-mile with a trap speed of 410.29 km/h (255 mph).
In December 2018, the Alpha Logic Performance from Dubai set the quarter-mile record for fastest GT-R and fastest AWD using their "Panda" GT-R in 6.582 seconds at 373.82 km/h (232.28 mph). But in 2019 Import vs Domestic finals the 3500 horsepower and 100 PSI of boost ETS-G GT-R broke the quickest and fastest GT-R, AWD and Stock Unibody world record. Car ran the 1/4 mile in 6.56 seconds and a trap speed of 362.02 km/h (225 mph). And won the competition by beating the Alpha Queen GT-R which is ran a 6.87 second quarter mile.
At the Dragtimes Competition in Russia, the AMS Alpha 12 GT-R broke the fastest road-legal standing 1 mile record driven by Jury with a trap speed of 382 km/h (237 mph) but later the record broken by a 2500 whp Ford GT. Later in the same competition, Switzer Goliath GT-R broke the quickest road-legal standing 1 mile record in 22.602 seconds with a trap speed of 402 km/h (250 mph).
Modified Nissan GT-Rs have competed in time attack challenges, especially for WTAC (World Time Attack Challenge). Time attack GT-Rs have been fielded by HKS, Precision Automotive Racing and LYFE.
In 2015, the HKS GT-R became the fastest time attack GT-R, it has the same VR38DETT engine generating over 1200 horsepower. It became the fastest vehicle at Fontana, California, Fuji Speedway (with a peak speed of over 322 km/h (200 mph) and in Sydney Motorsport Park. the car competed at the 2015 WTAC and won the GT-R R35 class with the fastest lap record of 1:30.838 minutes. But in 2017, LYFE's 1136 horsepower GT-R broke all HKS's records and won the title as fastest time attack GT-R at the WTAC.
In 2017 WTAC, Precision Automotive Racing's GT-R, driven by Aaron McGranahan, set a peak speed of 269 km/h (167 mph) and won the Flying 500 class title.
The Nissan GT-R has competed in both stock and modified forms in many hill climbing competitions, such as the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in South Africa.
At the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hill Climb, the Nissan GT-R was named the most successful supercar. In the final Top 10 Shootout event, Kyle Mitchell won the event, setting a time of 40.862 seconds and becoming the fastest road-legal vehicle.
Awards and recognition
|Year||Award and Title|
|2007||Top Gear Awards – Sports Car of The Year|
|2008||Autocar – Drivers Car of the Year|
|2008||Evo Magazine – Car of the Year|
|2008||Auto Express – Sports Car of The Year|
|2008||Auto Express – Performance Car of The Year|
|2008||Japan's Most Advanced Technology Award|
|2008||Vehicle Dynamics International – Car of The Year|
|2008||Japanese Performance – Car of The Year|
|2008||Performance Car – Car of The Year|
|2008||CAR Magazine – Best Car of The Year|
|2008||Popular Mechanics – Automotive Excellence Awards 2008 (Design)|
|2009||Automobile Magazine – Automobile of the Year|
|2009||What Car? – Performance Car of The Year|
|2009||MotorWeek – Driver's Choice Awards & Best Performance Car|
|2009||Motor Magazine – Performance Car of The Year|
|2009||Edmunds.com – Edmunds' Inside Line Editors' Most Wanted Awards: Instant Classic|
|2009||Motor Trend – Motor Trend Car of the Year|
|2009||Popular Science – Auto Tech Grand Award Winner|
|2009||International Car of the Year|
|2009||World Performance Car|
|2009||Guinness World Records – Fastest 0–60 mph acceleration by a four-seater production car|
|2010||Yahoo – Listed as having one of the best resale values of any sports car.|
|2010||Top Speed – Sports Car of the Year|
|2011||Motor Magazine – Performance Car of The Year|
|2011||Motor Trend – Best Driver's Car 2nd place|
|2012||Motor Authority – Best Car to Buy Nominee|
|2012||Motor Trend – Best Driver's Car 3rd place (Black Edition)|
|2013||Women's Car of The Year – Best Dream Drive|
|2013||Russian Automotive Federation – Ice speed record for a production car|
|2014||Robb Report – Best of The Best Honoree|
|2014||Motor Trend – Best Driver's Car 4th Place (Nismo Edition)|
|2015||Top Gear – one of the Top Five Sports Cars|
|2015||Car Connection – one of the Best Performance Cars|
|2015||Auto Express – one of the Best Sports Cars|
|2016||Guinness World Records – Fastest Drift|
|2016||Top Performance Dubai – Car of the Decade|
|2017||Autobytel – Buyer's Choice Award|
|2017||ALG Residual Value – Top Premium Sports Car of The Year|
|2017||Dubai International Motor Show – Best Car Ever|
|2018||Motor Magazine – Performance Car of The Year 4th place (Nismo Edition)|
|2019||The Car Connection – one of the Best Performing Cars|
|2019||Car Dealer Magazine – Used Sports Car of The Year|
|2020||Bangkok International Motor Show – Best Riding Quality Sports Car of The Year (50th Anniversary Edition)|
|2021||Auto Express – one of the Best Sports Cars|
|2021||Autocar – one of the Best Super Sports Cars|
|2021||Zutobi – The Most Talked About Car on the Internet|
|2022||Auto Express – one of the Best Sports Cars|
|2022||Autocar – one of the Best Sports Cars|
|2022||Autocar – one of the Best Super Sports Cars (Nismo Edition)|
Note – some Awards & recognitions may have not been added to the list.
From 2007 to 2017 Nissan produced over 37,495 GT-R units and sold for various different markets worldwide. This makes it one of the highest sales for a standalone generation production sports car.
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