Breaking News: 2012 GT-R Leaks, More Confirmed Info on Upcoming GT-R

August 23rd, 2010

The 2012 GT-R (2011 JDM) is in the final stages of pre-launch preparation and we’ve received tips from sources close to Nissan regarding the final look of the new GT-R. Above you can see many of the GT-Rs new cosmetic external updates that we’ve already noticed while pouring over spy shots from Nurburgring. It’s finally confirmed though that the new GT-R will feature LED driving lights/daytime running lights integrated into the front fascia. Yes these are not photoshops.

Along with the driving lights you can see the shape of the canards themselves is different to previous model years this change plus other changes from a reworking and restyling of the front bumper have improved the GT-R’s already stunning aerodynamic performance. By the numbers, the GT-R’s coefficient of drag (Cd) drops from 0.272 to 0.268. Combine that with a rear downforce improvement of 10% thanks to a redesigned rear diffuser and the GT-R continues to redefine what is possible for today’s supercar.

Most noticible on the photos though is the new blue. The official (tentative still) name for the blue is Aurora Flare Blue Pearl (color code RAY) but what you can’t tell from this photo is that the GT-R gets a new black too. The updated black is officially (but again, tentatively) called Nebula Opal Black (color code GAG). These two colors represent the only body color changes for the 2012 GT-R base and premium models.

Speaking of base and premium models, earlier speculation that the base model goes away was partly true, the base model GT-R is now named the Pure Edition, but the features remain the same. To go with the changes comes a small increase in pricing. Starting with the Pure edition which is hit with a 80,000 yen bump to 8,694,000 yen. The Premium edition receives a larger bump of 210,000 yen to 9,450,000 yen in Japan.

Let’s try not to get too distracted by those minor negatives though because there’s a wealth of positives going on here. Take the new wheels for example, each new Rays forged aluminium wheel cuts 3 kg (6.6lbs) off the GT-R’s unsprung weight – a total of 12 kg (26.4 lbs) around the car. So they’re lighter but they also manage to be stiffer too to improve steering response and feedback. Lastly, the wheels are available in two colors starting next year, an attractive 3 layer ultra deep paint process known as Hyper Blue Black and a Hyper Titanium color (which looks bronze to me).

On the inside GT-R owners will get treated to a couple of updates too as well as some engine bay goodness. For more information on that stay tuned for part II of the GT-R Blog 2012 Nissan R35 GT-R info dump!

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  1. August 23rd, 2010 at 19:02 | #1

    Nice scoop on all this info. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  2. August 23rd, 2010 at 19:34 | #2

    If i wasn’t insanely tired i would post the rest. Been travelling a lot. I’ll work on it in the morning ;)

  3. OptionE
    August 23rd, 2010 at 19:41 | #3

    Nice to see it here first.

  4. GTRaddict
    August 24th, 2010 at 01:01 | #4

    Well done !

  5. August 24th, 2010 at 06:20 | #5

    9,450,000 yen = $110,700 at the current 84 yen to a dollar rate. In 2008-2009 the conversion was about 110-100 yen to a dollar. As you can see, this is a huge change on a $70k car. 9,450,000 yen at the 110 yen to a dollar rate would be around $85,900 USD. At 100 yen to a dollar $94,500. At the current rate, where do we expect Nissan to sell the new car?

  6. GTRaddict
    August 24th, 2010 at 07:20 | #6

    Kris, don’t forget us ! we are waiting for some news !

  7. August 24th, 2010 at 14:28 | #7

    Sean you know better than to think Nissan will base their USDM price on the JDM price :)

  8. GTRaddict
    August 24th, 2010 at 19:19 | #8

    Kris, do you know power engine and torque?

  9. 1234
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:51 | #9

    “coefficient of drag (Cd) drops from 0.272 to 0.268

    what A Big deal.

  10. 1234
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:52 | #10

    @Sean Morris

    dont think about math too much.

  11. 1234
    August 27th, 2010 at 10:53 | #11

    “Take the new wheels for example, each new Rays forged aluminium wheel cuts 3 kg (6.6lbs) off the GT-R’s unsprung weight – a total of 12 kg (26.4 lbs) around the car.”

    what a big deal.

    i gained 10 kg weight since last model year.

  12. August 27th, 2010 at 12:59 | #12

    @1234
    An unsprung mass loss of 12kg is a huge deal. It’s equivilent to a logarithmically larger decrease in kerb weight.

    A Cd decrease with a downforce increase of 10% is also huge. Most race teams will tell you that increasing downforce typically comes at a cost in drag. To both lower the Cd and increase downforce is a big deal indeed.

    It’s not really interesting to you I can see, but better to be educated than to look dumb next time…

  13. 911 owner
    September 26th, 2010 at 10:01 | #13

    @Kris

    “A Cd decrease with a downforce increase of 10% is also huge”

    This doesnt make you sound less dumb

  14. September 28th, 2010 at 16:25 | #14

    @911 owner
    I know right. Internet insults are what makes you sound smart damnit.

  15. franco ortongosa
    December 25th, 2010 at 10:48 | #15

    when will the nissan gtr chanche compleatle the line. 2015?

  16. Everett Cook
    January 30th, 2011 at 15:55 | #16

    I have a 2009 GTR and I love the car so much, I just ordered the 2012 and I will keep the 2009, just to play around with. I have a collection of fast cars, ZR1 Vette, Lengenfelter Vette 750HP twin turbos serial #5 out of 25 and the XLR-V Caddy. I enjoying the GTR better than any of them.In case you wondering were I got my money from, I sold my Coal Company to one of the BIG boys.

  17. Julie Watson
    February 7th, 2011 at 23:02 | #17

    Nissan is know as one of the best reputed brand all over the world. 2012 GT-R seems to be a amazing car with best features available. I am sure this car will help Nissan in increasing its brand value.

    http://www.motorseller.net

  18. August 5th, 2011 at 04:13 | #18

    9,450,000 yen = $110,700 at the current 84 yen to a dollar rate. In 2008-2009 the conversion was about 110-100 yen to a dollar. As you can see, this is a huge change on a $70k car. 9,450,000 yen at the 110 yen to a dollar rate would be around $85,900 USD. At 100 yen to a dollar $94,500. At the current rate, where do we expect Nissan to sell the new car?

  19. August 5th, 2011 at 04:15 | #19

    If i wasn’t insanely tired i would post the rest. Been travelling a lot. I’ll work on it in the morning ;)

  20. August 5th, 2011 at 04:16 | #20

    Kris, do you know power engine and torque?

  21. August 5th, 2011 at 04:16 | #21

    dont think about math too much.

  22. January 1st, 2012 at 16:18 | #22

    Nissan is the best. I own 2. Great blog. I’ll bookmark the page. Thanks!

  23. March 7th, 2012 at 01:20 | #23

    I like the tires installed on this car. It makes this car a lot better in terms of appearance and performance.

  24. June 26th, 2012 at 07:16 | #24

    I have a 2009 GTR and I love the car so much, I just ordered the 2012 and I will keep the 2009, just to play around with. I have a collection of fast cars, ZR1 Vette, Lengenfelter Vette 750HP twin turbos serial #5 out of 25 and the XLR-V Caddy. I enjoying the GTR better than any of them.In case you wondering were I got my money from, I sold my Coal Company to one of the BIG boys.

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