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2011 Nissan GT-R
Enhanced looks, aerodynamics and performance

The 3.8L V6 twin turbo engine goes up from 480PS to 530PS.

October 19, 2010 – Nissan Motor (GB):

Nissan Motor (GB) announced today that the enhanced version of the GT-R supercar is now available to order at Nissan High Performance Centres nationwide.

With more power, better aerodynamics and upgraded design features, the 2011 GT-R prices start from GB£69,950 OTR (on-the-road prices), in one grade with two trim options.

Since its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2007, the Nissan GT-R has proved itself as an accessible supercar. The exterior of the 2011 Nissan GT-R features more strength and stability, while the traditional creative flair associated with the GT-R’s striking appearance has also been updated to improve aerodynamics. A sportier interior complements the enhanced design.

 Engine and transmission

The V6 twin turbo engine (3799cc) output is significantly improved (from 480PS / 353kW) to 530PS (390kW)/6,400rpm, with the maximum torque of 612Nm (up from 588 Nm) from 3,200 to 6,000rpm. Power and torque are transmitted to the road via the GR6 twin clutch transmission and the 4 wheel drive system.

The engine cover is painted red to illustrate its enhanced performance.

GR6 twin clutch transmission with the 4 wheel drive system.

By adopting an ultra-low precious metal catalyst and an engine control module fitted with high-capacity microprocessors, cleaner emissions have been achieved. Fuel economy has also been improved by modifying the boost pressure of the turbocharger, valve timing and air mixture ratio along with larger diameter inlet pipes and a modified exhaust system.

SAVE mode is a newly-adopted system, replacing ‘Snow Mode’, which optimises driving torque and modifies the gearshift schedule to improve fuel economy when driving on motorways or open roads. The features of Snow Mode are also retained.

Standing start performance can now be maximised through the use of R mode. To activate, the driver must select R mode, depress the brake whilst in gear, apply full throttle and release the brake as soon as possible. The system will monitor oil temperatures to ensure reliability is maintained and prevent further use if the temperatures rise above the maximum allowance.

Red engine cover to illustrate the enhanced performance.

To help control tight turning at slow speeds a new 2-Wheel drive mode will temporarily shift the car to 2-Wheel drive as long as the speed is below 6MPH (9.6 km/h) and the steering wheel is turned more than half way.


A very rigid and lightweight strut supporting bar, made of carbon composite with an aluminium honeycomb, has been installed in the partition wall of the engine compartment. By linking right and left struts to quickly receive suspension input, the vehicle body’s responsiveness is enhanced.

An additional support member has been installed in the passenger’s side dash panel. The responsiveness of the chassis is further improved by enhanced rigidity achieved by the connection with the engine compartment.

 Suspension and brakes

For the front suspension, the spring, shock absorber and stabiliser were modified to improve the vertical load response of the tyre. The front caster angle is increased from 5°35 to 6°00 to improve tyre road-holding ability when steering and stability in a straight line. 

The rear suspension toe performance has been modified by moving the roll centre height to a lower position. This gives an improvement to the grip of the inside edge of the tyres while conducting turning manoeuvres.

LED daytime running light with a large reflecting surface.

An aluminium free-piston shock absorber has been newly-developed, generating more precise damping force to constantly provide stable road-holding and a load shift that quickly responds to the driver’s input. Reduced shock absorber friction provides a quality and smoother ride.

To help lengthen the life span of the front brake discs a larger diameter disc (390+10mm) is fitted. Developed uniquely by Nissan to provide more resistance to fade at high temperatures when driven hard.

 Tyres / wheels

The Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX GT 600 DSST CTT tyre has a new compound to improve grip. With a revamped structure and improved rigidity of tread and sidewall, straight-line stability in rutted roads is enhanced.

Made by Rays, the new, lighter and more rigid aluminium forged wheels are designed to improve tyre responsiveness to vertical load. Knurling inside the wheel has been modified to avoid any tyre rotation deviation caused by the GT-R’s improved engine output.

On the wheel surface, the new colour, Hyper Blue Black Chrome, oozes quality and features a performance feel, thanks to a deep gloss created by a five-layered coating.


Even with a more intense and stable chassis, the GT-R’s aerodynamic performance has been further improved. Downforce has been increased by around 10%, while the coefficient of drag is reduced from 0.27 to 0.26.

Stability is improved by an enlarged bumper and grille openings, with increased three-dimensional effects.

The front bumper has been redesigned, with double rectifier fins, increasing front downforce by around 10%, while reducing air resistance inside the engine compartment and also increasing the air flow through a radiator which cools the front brakes. Each side incorporates LED daytime running light fitted with a large-diameter reflecting surface emitting a high-intensity white light.

A new rear bumper with a low centre of gravity has been designed, with a sculptured lower part and an extended rear end. By extending the rear diffuser, underfloor cooling performance is enhanced, with reduced air resistance.

Cooling performance for the rear exhaust silencer is improved and rear downforce is increased by about 10% by introducing a rear bumper air outlet, which removes air in the rear wheel housing, while the four tailpipe finishers have also been enlarged.

A high-intensity LED rear fog lamp is now incorporated within the extended rear diffuser. 

Six exterior colours are available, including two new one - Metallic Black, replacing solid Kuro Black and Daytona Blue replacing Titanium Grey.


A newly-shaped pad and finisher surround the navigation system display, with uniform stitch lines. The heater control panel now has a real carbon finish surrounding the switches which are now all finished in matt black. The paddle shifters have been changed to feature magnesium.

Recaro Black seat: leather bucket seat with red side flashes.

Chrome-plated rings in the console and air-conditioner outlets are finished with a sporty, black and smokey coating.


Despite the GT-R being a one grade line up, there is the option to choose between two different seat choices at no additional cost.

The two designs are:

- The Recaro Black seat is a leather appointed bucket seat with red side flashes. It comes complete with a dark headlining and a red flash on the gear lever,

- The premium leather covered seat is available in black or light grey. Supplied with this seat design is a light grey coloured headlining providing a lighter feel to the interior.

Nissan says that both seats provide an improved level of comfort and safety while cornering, and that fatigue levels are reduced for the thighs and lower back by changing the shape and extending the length of the seating surface. They come with electric adjustment for forward, back and height, along with two switch levels for heated seat intensity.


With the new on the road price of GB£69,950 (incl 20%VAT), the standard ‘no extra cost’ specification list for the GT-R includes the 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.

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