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A Brief History Of Nissan GT R

A Brief History Of Nissan GT-R

Nissan has unveiled a host of updates for its 2013 GT-R. Changes to the GT-R include improved engine response, rigid chassis and retuned suspension. Nissan GT-R nicknamed as ‘Godzilla’ gets an update every year since its launch in 2009. Let’s take a look at all upgrades it has had since its introduction in 2009.


When Nissan hit the scene in 2009, its power train came from a twin-turbo 3.8litre V-6 mated with a six speed dual clutch gearbox. This sent power to all four wheels by using Nissan’s all electric ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This V6 engine produced 480bhp and 434 lb-ft of torque. It gave 16mpg in the city and 21mpg on the motorway.


Nissan updated Godzilla in 2010 again by adding 5bhp and new Transmission Control Module (TCM), it improves and optimizes drivability and makes it a faster car. GT-R has more rigid brakes revised Bilstein shocks and bespoke 20-inch RAYS alloy wheels on entry level models. Premium models got a near-black finish and city fuel economy dropped 1 mpg.


In 2011 Nissan dropped the base model and kept just the Premium model. The 2011 GT-R was fitted with slightly darker wheel center caps and double clear-coat paint on front and rear fascias. XM NavTraffic and NavWeather were added to the navigation system as well as automatic headlights, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, streaming audio via Bluetooth, DVD playback, and USB interface came as standard. Rear cooling ducts were stiffer to improve cooling around the floor rear.


In 2012 the GT-R received a dramatic increase in its horsepower which now stood at 530bhp and 448 lb-ft of torque. The economy increased to 16mpg for the urban roads and 23mpg for the motorway. It had increased valve timing; air fuel ratio and turbocharger boost pressure. The aerodynamics was tweaked as well and the front fascia and grille were larger. This also increased the down force by 10 percent. It launched a new Black Edition model which had Recaro seats and red and black interior with a dark headliner.


The latest update to the ‘Godzilla’ will see its power rise to a massive 545bhp and 463Nm of torque. There is no change to the fuel economy. It has new high output fuel injectors for improved throttle response and the acceleration sees a rise too. It has revised shock absorbers for improved handling.