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Nissan has also implemented a temporary two-wheel drive mode to help with cornering, and launches should be even smoother thanks to improvements to the gearbox’s Launch Control system.
For handling, a highly rigid, lightweight strut supporting bar, made of carbon composite with aluminum honeycomb material, is installed in the partition wall of the engine compartment. By linking the right and left struts to quickly receive suspension input, the vehicle body's responsiveness to driving operation is enhanced. Nissan has also installed an additional support member in the passenger side of the instrument panel.
For the front suspension, the lever ratio of the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bar is modified to improve the vertical load response of the tires. For the rear suspension, toe performance is modified by changing the roll center height to a lower position in order to improve tire grip while cornering.
Sharper Handling, Improved Aerodynamics And Better Brakes
The brake discs of the GT-R have also been redesigned to last longer and be more resistant to fade and are complimented by lighter and more rigid forged aluminum wheels made by Rays. Stock tires are Dunlop SP Sport MAXX GT 600s, measuring 20 inches all ‘round.
Setting apart the 2012 Nissan GT-R from the outgoing model, visually, are several new exterior modifications that help to improve aerodynamics. Believe it or not but downforce is increased by about 10 percent, while the coefficient of drag is further reduced from 0.27 to 0.26.
This is thanks mostly to the enlarged bumper and grille openings, a redesigned rear bumper with a lower center of gravity, an extended rear diffuser and additional air outlets. To finish off the new look is a set of LED daytime running lights and six different paint options including the new Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl.
Inside, there’s a newly shaped instrument panel pad, real carbon fiber trim, and chrome-plated rings in the console.