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http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2010/10/2012-nissan-gt-r-to-debut-at-la-auto-show.html



Normally a mid-cycle refresh doesn’t get this publicity, but then again, the Nissan GT-R isn’t just any car. Nissan just just announced that the updated 2012 version of its halo sports car will debut at the LA Auto Show this November.

Nissan will release official specs on the new model in the lead-up to the show, but rumors have suggested that it could boast as much as 500-hp and sport a long list of upgrades that include lighter RAYS wheels, better aerodynamics, suspension adjustments and even a rear-wheel drive mode.

Nissan has released a selection of photos of the new 2012 model, showing off new bodywork and the stunning Aurora Flare Blue Pearl paint.
 

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update:

2011 GT-R Revealed in Japan

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2010/10/2011-nissan-gt-r-revealed-with-522-hp-on-tap-six-models-to-choose-from.html



After announcing earlier today that it would reveal the new 2012 GT-R at the LA Auto Show, Nissan has taken the wraps off the refreshed version of its halo sports car without disappointment.

A long list of enhancements make the GT-R more capable in every way. Starting under the hood, the twin-turbo V6 gets a bump in power, with output now rated at 522-hp at 6400 rpm and 451 ft-lbs of torque at 3200 rpm. That engine also gets a new red cover to signify the added power.

Suspension upgrades include an entirely reworked setup with new springs rates, shocks an new carbon composite strut tower bar. New light-weight RAYS forged wheels are also included, with new Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tires that Nissan says offer improved straight line stability, better sidewall rigidity and an improve tread. Plus, new brake rotors are included to improve stopping distances, reduce fade and last longer under hard driving conditions.

Outside the GT-R gets a revised body with improved aerodynamics, bringing the drag coefficient down from 0.27 to 0.26. The design also increases front downforce by 10 percent and reduces airflow into the engine compartment, while directing more air to the radiator and brake cooling ducts. A longer rear diffuser also improved aerodynamics and improves cooling under the car (likely for the transmission). Rear downforce has also been improved by 10 percent. Two new colors are offered for 2011: Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl.

Inside the 2011 GT-R gets some mild upgrades that include a magnesium coating on the paddle shifters and a genuine carbon fiber panel for the center stack. More comfortable seats are fitted to the Pure and Premium edition models while the Black edition gets more race-inspired seating.

The GT-R will be available in six different model options (in Japan anyway). These include the aforementioned Pure Edition, Black and Premium Edition, as well as the SpecV, Club Track and Egoist.

SpecV models retain the high-output engine from the new standard powerplant and gain the lightweight Rays wheels and new Dunlop tires as standard equipment. Also standard on SpecV models are upgraded brake pads and a more aggressive Vehicle Dynamics control program.

Next up is the Club Track Edition, designed specifically for circuit driving. Owners of this car will get to experience the GT-R in its purest form, with Nissan organizing events with professional instruction.

And finally, there’s the new Egoist model that will offer improved luxury and customization with owners able to select from 20 interior choices with all the interior components being hand-stitched by the experts at Seton Company, Inc. in Germany. The steering wheel will feature a special GT-R emblem made by Mr. Sakae Kubota, a Japanese lacquer expert, while a Bose audio system will be tuned to the ears of each owner. Outside, the Egoist model will get a carbon rear spoiler and titanium exhaust system (from the SpecV model), while special Blue Sword Chrome Rays wheels finish off the package.
 

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Drool.

So they are moving it up to a more luxury supercar. I'm wondering on price. I'm sure it varies from trim level but. I wonder the weight specs? I know the Spec V addresses that but hopefully all this luxury doesn't negate the power boost of the GT-R
The track version and the Spec V seem like it would be redundant. I'd take one still. Spec V:D
 

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I like the blue, I don't know why they didn't make the GT-R in that colour to begin with. The GT-R has never been one of my favourite cars on style, but the blue...to me makes it look acceptable.
 

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I'm just waiting or someone to mention the LF-A in this thread, then Vmax to say the GT-R is twice the car at half the price... oh wait, wrong thread.
 

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Sweet car but it looks too much like an Eclipse from the front to me.
 
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