These images purport to be the first look at the 2012 Nissan GT-R as it gets ready for its 2011 rollout in Japan. The additions for 2012 appear to be solely cosmetic, though with the GT-R's already impressive performance, there's not much need for more speed.

Starting at the front end, the headlights get LED daytime running light add-ons, plus a restyled front bumper and aero package resulting in a slight drop in drag. At the rear, a new diffuser boosts downforce to improve high-speed grip.

A pair of new colors is also on the docket according to the leak, tentatively called Aurora Flare Blue Pearl and Nebula Opal Black. The colors are shown in the photos, and we have to say the new deep blue is attractive on the GT-R.

Small price bumps, a reshuffling of features and trim packages, and a small drop in weight from redesigned wheels are also in the plan for the 2012 GT-R. We'll keep you posted on the latest as it breaks, but until then, check out our spy shots of the Nissan GT-R SpecM, the luxurious take on the GT-R, due late this year or early in 2011.

[GT-R Blog via Autoblog]