More power, more downforce, more grip and more excitement – that’s the promise from the 2011 Nissan GT-R.
While the original GT-R offered breathtaking performance and exemplary handling, that hasn’t stopped Nissan’s team of dedicated engineers and designers from making it better still. For 2011, the GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin turbocharged V6 engine has been boosted by a healthy 33 kW for a total of 390 kW. The increase in power comes from modifications to the turbo boost pressure, valve timing and air mixture ratio. The inlet pipes have been enlarged and the exhaust system modified, while a new catalyst using fewer precious metals has been adopted. The result is supercar performance with a top speed of 315 km/h.
A series of subtle changes to the chassis have sharpened the already impressive handling, while new tyres, wheels and bigger brakes also enhance the driving experience. Subtle exterior revisions have not only given the GT-R a new look, but improved the car’s aerodynamic performance. Downforce has improved by about 10 per cent while the co-efficient of drag has been lowered to just 0.26.
Inside a number of changes have been made to enhance the sports luxury feel. There are two versions of the standard car available: Premium Edition and Black Edition. Both are comprehensively equipped, but Black Edition features Recaro racing seats as standard.
“A new raft of superlatives is needed to describe the 2011 Nissan GT-R. Every aspect of the car has been enhanced to the point where the high standards set by the original have been surpassed at every level. The GT-R is a truly remarkable machine,” says Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President of Product Planning at Nissan.
The Nissan GT-R Premium Edition sells for R1 314 000 and the the GT-R Black Edition for R1 364 000. The price includes a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and 3-year/50 000 km service plan.