2012 NISSAN GT-R
Nissan's GT-R hero car has come in for its annual checkup, and again it's left the doctor's room feeling fitter than ever. For 2012, Godzilla hangs onto its recent styling updates, but adds more power and a number of mechanical tweaks.
Let's talk power, first: after hitting the scene in 2007 with an already hefty 353kW, the GT-R was boosted last year to 390kW. The latest update sees the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 punch through the 400kW mark.
When the updated 2012 GT-R arrives here in March - confirmed with TMR by Nissan Australia today - buyers can look forward to 405kW. That power comes online at 6400rpm, while 632Nm of torque, up from 612, is yours between 3200 and 5800rpm.
Nissan says the boosted output comes courtesy of improved air intake efficiency, better exhaust valve cooling and a more efficient exhaust system.
Improvements have also been made to the GT-R's transmission, optimising shift feel and quietness, thanks to a strengthened shift fork arm and a firmer fixing bearing in the flywheel housing.
There's also a unique assymetric suspension setting for right-hand-drive models (that's us), and further strengthening of the body.
A "For Track Pack" package is mentioned, but Nissan hasn't released any details on this addition yet.
While the GT-R remains unchanged on the outside, the cabin gets a new blue glow to the tachometer, and the BOSE audio system has been upgraded to its Precision Sound System package.
Watch for this one to hit Australian showrooms in March 2012.