Nissan releases details of its 2011 GT-R

Nissan seem to be following in the foot-steps of their arch nemesis, Porsche, with a range of GT-R versions to mark the 2011 model year. Granted, there’s still a long way to go before they catch up with the 26 variants of 911, but if it works for ze Germans, then why not for Japan’s most revered sports car maker.

The complete 2011MY Nissan GT-R model line-up now includes six versions – the “Pure edition,” “Black edition,” “Premium edition,” “SpecV,” “Club Track” and “EGOIST” – allowing customers to choose the exact level of dynamic performance and style to meet their various needs. The “Club Track” version is for racing use only, whilst the “EGOIST” version that can be custom-ordered according to the precise desires of each individual customer. I’m not sure I’d want to brag about my car being called the Nissan GT-R EGOIST though…

The 2011MY GT-R features improved engine output and torque (Now 522bhp and 612Nm), greater fuel efficiency, revised handling, a refreshed exterior with improved aerodynamics, revised interior treatment and new wheels and tires. The large number of enhancements for the new model year is part of the continuous advancement of the GT-R design, technology and performance since its debut in December 2007. Nissan has also enhanced the level of after-sales support for GT-R owners.

The GT-R receives subtle improvements to its exterior design – downforce is increased by about 10%, while the coefficient of drag is further reduced from 0.27 to 0.26. Stability is also improved by enlarged bumper and grille openings. You’ll noticed the new front-bumper design with double rectifier fins and high-intensity daylight running lights – the design increases front downforce by about 10%, while also reducing air resistance inside the engine compartment. Rear downforce is also increased by about 10% through use of a new rear bumper air outlet and this features a lower centre of gravity than the previous design.

The newly designed tailpipes now ape those first launched on the SpecV and adopt a enlarged diameter.

Interior changes are widespread, designed to lift the quality of the GT-R and includes a newly shaped instrument panel pad and navigation system display finisher, velour-like coating for the GT-R steering wheel emblem, a new seatback design with leather-appointed Recaro bucket seats on the Black Edition, based on the structure of Pure edition and Premium edition seats.

The SpecV receives the same engine modifications as the base model, except maximum torque is improved to 632Nm when high geared boost is used.

Perhaps the most interesting news is the rumour that the 2011MY GT-R has improved upon its Nürburgring lap time, dropping it from 7:26.4 to 7:20 and bettering the time set by the latest 911 GT3 RS. It looks like 2011 might well be another bumper year for face-offs at the The Green Hell.

Nissan UK have confirmed a new on the road price of £69,950 (incl 20%VAT) for the base GT-R, with prices for more extreme versions reaching over £130,000 in the markets in which they’re sold. The standard ‘no extra cost’ specification list remains as strong as always with Premium Connect HDD satellite navigation, Bose stereo system, iPod™ connectivity, hard drive music storage, Bluetooth phone connection, 20” alloy wheels, runflat tyres, and individual climate control air conditioning. Add that to the performance delivered from the V6 twin turbo through the GR6 twin clutch system, with the aid of the 4 wheel drive system, and the GT-R remains untouchable at the price.

Source: GTR Owners Club UK