First Official 2012 Nissan GT-R Photos

2012 Nissan GT-R

2012 Nissan GT-R

We first reported on the existence of a revised iteration of Nissan's almighty GT-R during our Paris Motor Show coverage. Since then has come the announcement the car will also be shown at the Los Angeles Auto show—and that it will be coming to the United States in 2011 as a 2012 Model.

Though exact specifications have yet to be released for the U.S. cars, horsepower and torque figures have been revealed for Japan market cars.  The updated Nissan GT-R will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 offered in the current GT-R. However, the turbo's boost pressure has been increased, the intake and exhaust systems have been opened up to permit freer breathing, and the ECU has been tweaked to take advantage of these changes.

Thus, the 2011 Nissan GT-R will offer 523 horsepower and 451 pound-feet of torque in Japan-market trim. However given the current car makes the same horsepower and torque in the U.S. as it does in Japan (485 hp / 430 lb-ft), we have every reason to believe Godzilla will be just as capable on U.S. roads as in its home market.

Nissan USA is still being somewhat cagey about it all—in an attempt to build buzz for the L.A. Auto Show debut no doubt. (And yes, you can consider this article us doing our part.) What they have done though is released the photes you see here revealing the styling changes for the 2012 model year. Though subtle, the updates are said to improve downforce by some ten percent and reduce drag as well. This bodes well for the performance potential of Nissan's most potent model.

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