Nissan’s updated 2012 GT-R will hit North American dealers on or near February 3 at a base price of $90, 950, officials said at the North American press launch.
Customers can choose from either of two trims (the Japanese market gets seven), Premium or Black Edition, with the latter adding lighter 20-inch forged aluminum SpecV wheels by Rays Engineering (which cut around 9 pounds per vehicle) and more bolstered Recaro sport seats. Buyers of the Black Edition should be ready to relinquish $96,100.
Though chief engineer Katzutoshi Mizuno calls his latest GT-R an update, the car has been painstakingly revised with new front and rear suspension setups, cooling efficiencies, improved downforce, and of course, a more powerful VR38DETT (530 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm/ 448 lb-ft @5200 rpm).
This all make for a livable supercar capable of what Mizuno-san calls “multi-performance” – or quite simply, a car that can run quickly no matter the time or place. With the new R Mode Start Function engaged, 60 mph flies by in 2.886 seconds. Keep feeding Godzilla throttle, and have enough guts, and you’ll see a higher 196 mph top speed.
We’ll have full 2012 Nissan GT-R details along with our driving impressions in the coming days, so stay tuned.
(All prices include a $1000 destination and handling charge)