Nissan has released one performance detail for its updated 2012 GT-R which is set for international release in early 2011. The thank goodness they announced the one performance figure everyone asks about: the 0 – 100km/h sprint time. A completely standard car was tested.
When testing the new GT-R, Nissan used the Sendai Hi-land Race Way in Japan under two different test temperatures. The first run happened on a Friday when the temperature was 14.9°C (14.9 degrees Celcius) while the second run took place the following day at 18.6°C. Both days provided a time of 3 seconds flat. That means the car is capable of running from 0 – 100km/h in just 3 seconds, making it faster than its most direct competitor, the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
The new GT-R is using the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine to make a hefty 390kW of AWD power at 6400rpm. Maximum torque is now 612Nm between a very wide band of 3200rpm and 6000rpm, with a 20Nm overboost function under certain circumstances. Whereas the previous model only flirted with supercars, this one is now seriously trampling on their territory.
If we successfully speculate that it will sell for about R1.4 million in South Africa then we will accept it as the best performance/price performance car in the country for the year 2011.