The Japanese automaker Nissan has just unveiled the updated GT-R at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, this new spec GT-R is basically the same super car that has been undergoing continuous development since it went on sale back in December of 2007 with a few more performance enhancing upgrades. The new GT-R will go on sale in Japan on December 7th starting at 8,610,000 yen for a standard version, while a GT-R SpecV will run consumers closer to 15,750,000 yen.
The exterior of the refreshed GT-R remains mostly the same, a functional change was made by incorporating the more sophisticated SpecV rear diffuser into the back end of the standard GT-R . On the inside Nissan has opted to use a new hard drive based navigation system called CARWINGS and a new USB port so that owners can plug in their digital music storage devices and enjoy the drive even more. The regular GT-R received a revised suspension complete with a stiffer front shock and spring package and harder bushings for the rear end, while the SpecV comes with its own unique rear dampener designed to take the performance of the hard core factory tuned super car to new heights.
The low and mid range response from the VR38DETT is improved on both the Nissan GT-R and SpecV models thanks to a pair of newly adopted hexagonal meshed catalytic converters that reduce backpressure and allow the turbochargers to spool up much quicker. This results in a GT-R that not only handles better than the previous version, but also feels faster off the line thanks to the revised exhaust plumbing. With a razor sharp SpecV model that costs almost twice as much as the standard version, Nissan is now tailoring to a wide variety of super car aficionados.
Press release after the jump.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the latest version of the Nissan GT-R, which goes on sale on December 7th at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan. The updated GT-R receives a number of enhancements, including a revised navigation system, recalibrated suspension settings and an improved-flow catalyst system. It is scheduled to go on sale in other global markets beginning next spring.
Since its introduction in the Japanese market in December 2007, the Nissan GT-R has gone through continuous evolution, remaining on the cutting-edge of multi-dimensional performance. The GT-R has also been acclaimed globally, winning more than 50 top awards in various categories since launch. Nissan also supports GT-R owners with exceptional after-sales service.
The latest revisions to GT-R include a new HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system with enhanced entertainment functions. A USB port with iPod®*1 connectivity allows the driver and passengers to enjoy their favorite music in the car, creating an even more pleasant interior environment. *2
In addition, the GT-R’s suspension has been retuned to offer enhanced, premium quality ride comfort, while still providing the driver with a feeling of direct contact with the road surface. The accuracy of the front shock absorbers and springs has been increased and the stiffness of rear suspension radius rod bushings has been strengthened. Rear diffusers with cooling ducts, previously available only on the GT-R SpecV, have been expanded to non-SpecV models, improving cooling performance around the rear floor area.
The exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV models receive revised rear shock absorber settings, enhancing the characteristic combination of supple ride comfort and flat, predictable handling. In conjunction with this change, SpecV now comes standard with Dunlop tires. The previously standard Bridgestone tires are available as a factory-installed option.
Finally, both the Nissan GT-R and GT-R SpecV achieve improved low- and mid-range engine response, thanks to newly adopted hexagonal meshed catalyst cells that reduce ventilation/airflow resistance.