Nissan has revised the 2013 GT-R for the Japanese market with improved engine response, a stiffer chassis, and retuned suspension. Those changes are the latest to hit Godzilla, which has received updates each year of its five-year production run. Take a look at all the upgrades Nissan’s supercar has received since its introduction in 2009.
When the 2009 Nissan GT-R hit U.S. streets, it was powered by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a rear-mounted six-speed dual-clutch transmission that sent power to all four wheels via the automaker’s electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. The force-fed engine produced 480 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque, and was rated 16/21 mpg city/highway. Launch control helped the all-wheel-drive monster rip off the line.
Nissan didn’t let Godzilla rest in 2010, adding 5 hp and a new Transmission Control Module (TCM) for better clutch optimization and improved drivability and faster acceleration. Brembo and Nissan logos now appeared on the GT-R’s brake calipers, while the rest of the car received more rigid brake lines, revised Bilstein shocks, and smoked 20-inch RAYS alloy wheels on base models. Wheels on Premium models got a near-black finish. City fuel mileage dropped 1 mpg.
The base model was dropped in 2011, leaving just the Premium model. The 2011 GT-R received slightly darker wheel center caps and double clear-coat paint on front and rear fascias. Automatic headlights, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, streaming audio via Bluetooth, DVD playback, and USB iPod interface became standard while XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability were added to the navigation system. Performance enhancements were limited to a retuned suspension with stiffer rear bushings and a rear cooling ducts to improve cooling around the rear floor area.
Godzilla’s power rating jumped dramatically thanks to increased turbocharger boost pressure, valve timing, and air fuel ratio. This was achieved in part by a larger air intake tube and larger-diameter exhaust pipes. Power now stood at 530 hp and 448 lb-ft, while fuel mileage increased to 16/23 mpg city/highway. Launch control returned to the GT-R. Cooling and aerodynamic improvements came in the form of larger front fascia and grille openings, which also increased downforce by 10 percent and help drop the drag coefficient from 0.27 to 0.26. The new Black Edition model got red and black Recaro seats and red and black interior trim with a dark headliner. Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black paint options joined the GT-R’s exterior color options.
In 2013, the U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R received another power bump to 545 hp, 463 lb-ft of torque with no sacrifice in fuel economy. In Japan, these changes appeared on the 2012 model – which means it’s time for more updates for their 2013 model. The Japanese-market 2013 Nissan GT-R gets high-output fuel injectors for improved mid-range throttle response and high-rpm acceleration. A new oil pan baffle evens out oil pressure during high-performance driving, while revised shock absorbers and a new front stabilizer bar improve handling. In addition, the center of gravity has been lowered and the front suspension cam bolts offer more accurate camber settings to maintain alignment.
Nissan hasn’t confirmed that the U.S.-spec 2014 Nissan GT-R will receive the same changes as the Japanese-market 2013 model. But given the model’s history of rapid progression, we’re likely to see the upgrades soon.