Facelifted 2011 Nissan GT-R revealed with 390kW of power

Facelifted 2011 Nissan GT-R revealed with 390kW of power

Those lucky cats over in Japan will be the first consumers to get a chance to check out the more powerful and more luxurious 2011 Nissan GT-R when it reaches Japanese showrooms from next month. The upgraded 2011 GT-R is expected to reach global markets from February next year with a range of tweaks and even two new model variants.

In terms of appearance the exterior will get a light refresh to better improve its aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, while the interior will also get some new appointments. Downforce has been increased by about 10 percent, while the coefficient of drag is further reduced from 0.27 to 0.26. This comes from an enlarged bumper and grille openings, a redesigned rear bumper with a lower center of gravity, an extended rear diffuser and additional air outlets. To finish off the new look is a set of fashionable LED daytime running lights and six different paint options including the new Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl.

Inside there is a redesigned instrument panel with real carbon fibre trim and there are also new seats.

But it’s the 2011 GT-R’s internals that are the main talking point. The boost has been increased, the valve timing adjusted and the ECU recalibrated to increase output up to 390kW and 610Nm of torque — an increase from the outgoing model’s 361kW and 587Nm. A new strut brace has been installed to link the suspension towers and the suspension set up has also been retuned, and mounted to new 20-inch Rays wheels that sit in front of Nissan-developed 390-mm brake discs. .

Other than the expected small improvements, the big news for the updated GT-R is the addition of a highly-modifiable “EGOIST” model that will be similar in cost to the Spec V but will offer a very luxury feel. The EGOIST will also have its power increased to 395kW and 612 Nm of torque due to revised engine tuning, larger piping, and a go-faster red engine cover.

Japanese buyers of the latest GT-R can now choose from six different varieties of Godzilla: Pure, Black, Premium, Spec V, EGOIST, and a track-only “Club Track” version, all of which use the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

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