Vijay Pattni18 October 2010

New Nissan GT-R revealed

Godzilla returns! The most advanced Japanese supercar-slayer in history gets new power for 2011...

New Nissan GT-R revealed

Nissan likes you, and is aware you like More. So it has decided to give you much More: this is the new Nissan GT-R.

After its unannounced Paris motor show tease, Nissan has confirmed its freshly squeezed hulking behemoth now packs a terrifying 525bhp (up from 476bhp) and 451lb ft of torque.

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’Zilla's engineers have reworked the rear suspension by lowering the roll centre height, while the front gets modified shocks, springs and stabilisers to improve "the vertical load response of the tyres". The shock absorbers themselves are of a new aluminium 'free-piston' design and generate more precise damping force and offer up a better response when shifting the GT-R's impressive bulk.

Santa Nissan has also dumped a lot more underneath the GT-R tree, with better brakes (larger rotors), lightweight Rays forged aluminium wheels, standard Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, increased downforce (10 per cent), new front and rear bumpers, six exterior colours and a newly shaped instrument panel.

That's not all though, friends of GT-R. The SpecV GT-R gets an overboost function with improved torque over the 'standard' model (466lb ft between 3,200 and 6,000rpm), different rear brake pads and a modified traction control setting, while two new special editions have been launched: the GT-R 'Club Track' edition and 'Egoist'.

The Track spec GT-R is a, erm, track-special GT-R built for racers, while the Egoist is one for the poseurs, with a dizzying combination of body, paint and interior customisation options to help make the GT-R slightly prettier. Rather like putting lipstick on a Bull Mastiff. Unadvisable and disturbing...

According to Nissan's global comms, 2011 GT-R prices range from £67,000 to £116,000. We'll be getting the new spec from Feb next year, with the two special editions still being mooted for Europe.

But you don't really want a GT-R special edition, do you? At £67k, 525bhp and a chassis capable of embarrassing some impressive machinery, is this GT-R still the performance benchmark - and bargain - of our time?

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