The Nissan GT-R is a car most people will only dream of owning. It comes with a hefty price tag, and is only made in limited runs. Still, that doesn't stop us from marveling at its beauty. Nissan just showed off the 2013 GT-R for Japan, and it could be a preview of what's to come for the 2014 model when it ships to other territories. As you would expect from the GT-R, it's quite impressive.
Nissan used feedback from running in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race earlier this year to come up with ideas for improving the GT-R. One of the first things it focused on was improved engine response in mid- and upper-rpm range. Nissan accomplished this feat through the inclusion of high-output injectors. The automaker also added an orifice to the relief valve of the turbocharger bypass that suppresses the rapid decrease of the forced injection pressure, and a baffle plate to the oil pan.
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Additionally, Nissan focused on improving body rigidity for the new model. For this, the company simply added reinforcements to the dash panel bar and instrument panel.
Another focus of the new GT-R is overall ride stability. Nissan lowered the car slightly and made some tweaks to the shock absorbers and front stabilizers. Cam bolts were added to the front suspension to improve camber accuracy. The torque from the driveshaft to the hub bearings was increased as well. This was done to help with reliability in intense driving situations, such as racing on the track.
As far as the inside goes, Nissan has thrown some tweaks in there as well, though it's the performance increases that are going to have most people talking. There are three trims available, each with its own interior improvements. First, the Pure Edition has had the overall quality of materials used on the interior improved. The Black Edition gets a red and black color scheme along with RECARO carbon bucket seats as an option. The last trim is called the Premium Edition. This version comes equipped with a two-tone Amber Red and Black interior with hand-stitched leather seats.
Overall, Nissan is looking to take its self-proclaimed supercar to another level with this new model. While the improvements may not sound huge, the little tweaks can make a huge difference in such a high-performance car. Shaving just a quarter of a second off a run at the track can mean the difference between winning and losing. The 2013 GT-R will be available in Japan November 19, and it will hit North America, Europe, and other regions starting in January.
The video below from Nissan shows the new GT-R in action.