Nissan risks putting launch control back into 2012 GT-R

Nissan risks putting launch control back into 2012 GT-R

A group of Nissan GT-R fans managed to get their hands on the owner’s manual for the upcoming 2012 Nissan GT-R recently and were surprised with what they found out. Apparently Nissan has reinstated the previously ousted Launch Control feature for the 2012 model year. But this time it’s called something totally different.

It’s the same deal but this time it’s called ‘R Mode Start Function’ and it’s a fairly complicated process required to achieve the GT-R’s quoted 0-100kph sprint time in the low three-second range.

It was after numerous reports of transmissions and half-shafts wasting themselves soon after the GT-R was released with launch control that Nissan removed the feature for the 2011 model year. This new system appears to do the exact same thing, except for the 4,000 rpm rev-limit which is significantly higher than the last version and the ECU limits the start function to four consecutive runs before its automatically disabled to protect the GT-R’s twin clutches and the rest of the transmission.

If 2012 GT-R owners use the system with care perhaps they won’t spoil it for everyone this time round. For 2012 it looks like one of the world’s baddest sports cars just got a little bit meaner.

Check out the text image in the gallery below to view the launch control instructions.

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