Nissan announces new Nissan GT-R

    - New Dimensional Multi-Performance Supercar Available in Early
    December -

    TOKYO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced the launch
of the Nissan GT-R, a new multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up
to the concept of "an ultimate supercar for anyone, anywhere, at anytime". The
Nissan GT-R features a newly developed Premium Midship package, including the
world's first independent transaxle 4WD developed independently by Nissan. The
Nissan GT-R will be available in Japan mainly through Nissan High Performance
Centers nationwide from December 6th.
    The Nissan GT-R was developed with a new understanding and appreciation
of the Earth's natural forces - gravity, inertial force and aerodynamics - and
translates those forces into a completely new design, maximizing tire grip and
    Basic vehicle dynamics and integration with the driver have also been
examined, resulting in new componentry and creating a Human-Machine Interface
(HMI) never seen before in the marketplace. All of these theories have been
integrated to balance "speed and efficiency," "high-output with environmental
consideration" and "high performance and safety."
    Taking these factors into account, Nissan created the all-new Nissan
GT-R, which offers advanced high performance for secure and enjoyable driving
by minimizing the effects of climatic, road condition or driving technique
limitations. The Nissan GT-R offers ultimate performance for virtually every
driving situation - whether it be the Nurburgring circuit, to snow, rain or
urban areas - all manageable by the GT-R driver through advanced technology
and driving dynamics.
    The Nissan GT-R's unique characteristics are instilled not just in the
vehicle's design, but also through a specialized production process. Carbon
fiber, aluminum and steel components are assembled with a special
high-precision process, which includes a series of vibration tests. Engines
and transmissions are assembled by a single craftsman in a "clean room"
environment and upon completion, every GT-R undergoes a battery of
comprehensive tests to ensure the proper operation of all vehicle components.
    To properly support the all-new GT-R, Nissan has established special
Nissan High Performance Centers, where all certified advisors and technicians
have received extensive training. Total support for the GT-R owner is offered
for the first three years of ownership, including measurement and adjustment
of the engine, transmission and wheel alignment after the first 1000 km, and
again every 12 months, free of charge.

    Packaging and Driveline Suited for a Supercar
    The all-new Nissan GT-R uses a Premium Midship package, an all-new, more
advanced version Front Midship (FM) package utilized on other Nissan vehicles.
This new package enables the use of the world's first application of an
independent transaxle 4WD system. The transaxle's layout places the
dual-clutch transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the
vehicle (instead of the usual front location), which enables vehicle weight to
be evenly distributed throughout the car. This gives the Nissan GT-R a superb
front-to-rear weight balance, while enhancing leg and foot space and allowing
for an optimal pedal layout.
    Under the hood, the Nissan GT-R features an all-new 3.8-litre twin turbo
V6 "VR38" engine, featuring plasma-sprayed bores and a special twin-turbo
exhaust manifold system. A secondary air management system enables the newly
designed powerplant to provide approximately 40kg/m of torque during ordinary
low-rev driving, which gives an optimum air-fuel ratio for around-town
efficiency and helps the Nissan GT-R meet ultra-low emission vehicle (U-LEV)
standards in Japan.
    The Nissan GT-R's new engine produces 480PS (353kW) at 6400rpm and
maximum torque of 60kg/m (588Nm) from 3200 to 5200rpm. Putting the power to
the ground is an all-new GR6-type dual clutch transmission, with paddle
shifting and a Borg Warner six-plate dual clutch for direct control.
    Suspension duties are handled through a special Bilstein DampTronic(*)1
system, which utilizes all pertinent vehicle information to provide
appropriate damping forces for all situations and helps maintain a high level
of control for straight-line driving, cornering, and braking.
    Braking is essential for a daily-driven supercar and the GT-R features
large Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads
and Brembo mono block six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, which in
combination minimize fade and provide stable braking. Run-flat tires,
exclusively designed for use on the Nissan GT-R, balance high grip and
all-weather capabilities and a comfortable ride in all driving situations. The
tires are designed to maintain structure for 80km of travel at 80 km/h, while
still providing an acceptable level of performance.

    High-Performance Safety and Environmental Technologies
    The Nissan GT-R offers a long list of safety and environmental features,
including, for enhanced visibility inside and out of the vehicle, high-mounted
LED stoplamps, bright LED rear combination taillights, "super wide beam"
headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade wipers.
    Standard safety equipment includes a pop-up engine hood system for
enhanced pedestrian safety, driver and front passenger SRS Air Bag System, ELR
front seat belts with tension reducer, front seat belts with load limiter, and
three-point ELR rear seat belts. Driver and front passenger SRS Side Air Bag
System and SRS Curtain Air Bag System are offered as options.
    Environmental technologies include extensive work to create an U-LEV
certification in Japan for the 3.8-liter twin turbo engine and reduced levels
of volatile organic compound for materials used in the car.

    Functional Design - High Performance Aerodynamics and Style
    The Nissan GT-R's styling follows the function over form theory. Every
styling aspect, from the overall design to the smallest details, is created to
maximize the vehicle's driving experience - as well as suggesting GT-R's
"supercar" level of performance. Utilizing advanced aerodynamics, the Nissan
GT-R's aggressive styling evokes the lines of a well-trained athlete,
combining strong character lines with smooth and solid areas.
    The all-new GT-R's body is created with a combination of steel, carbon
fiber and aluminum, providing a unique combination of stiffness and lightness.
The Nissan GT-R features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, with high front
and rear downforce, which provides the GT-R with enhanced grip in all weather
situations, while also enhancing fuel efficiency.
    The front fenders express power and stability, while the "aero-blades" on
the fenders' leading edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along
the body. The scoop in the fenders' trailing edges assists in providing front
downforce and optimization of side airflow. The aggressive front end, with a
large hood budge and single air intake, provides a sophisticated style as well
as undisturbed airflow for power and cooling. New "super wide beam" headlights
feature three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights) to
give a wider spread to the illumination area.
    The Nissan GT-R's large, four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero
blade canopy" roofline and curved C-pillar "sword edge," which expresses the
distinctive GT-R identity, as well as facilitating air flow around the rear of
the vehicle. The GT-R's hallmark four-ring taillights, efficient rear spoiler
and large, integrated 120 exhaust tips, provides the signature rear view of
the GT-R, as well as optimizing airflow along the top and under the vehicle.
    The high level of advanced technology is evident even in the Nissan
GT-R's paint - which utilizes a "double clear coat" and "anti-chipping"
process. The Nissan GT-R features Ultimate Silver as a special new color,
which is painstakingly hand-polished by craftsman.

    An Interior Suitable for Daily Driving or Supercar Duties
    Key to the Nissan GT-R's usability as a both daily driver and a
high-performance supercar is its interior, which is designed to balance
functionality, a sense of ease, and comfort.
    Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a
comfortable driving experience, and soft pads are utilized on the dash in
front of the passenger and doors to give an extra level of comfort and safety.
    The instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and
multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver's head
movement when traveling at high speeds. A large center-mounted tachometer,
with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of
the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the
performance nature of the GT-R.
    Functional style is also evident in the Nissan GT-R - each meter features
a dial plate design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a
three-dimensional metal-like ring, suggesting the multi-dimensional
performance of the GT-R. A large, metallic-framed center console features the
ergonomically designed shift lever and a red "engine start" button.
    Adjustability is central to the daily-driver nature of the Nissan GT-R,
with a special "set-up switch" located in the center of the instrument panel.
This switch enables the driver to adjust transmission shifts, shock absorbers
and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) in three settings - Normal, Comfort or
R, the high-performance setting designed for the Nissan GT-R "supercar"
    A high-speed, high-capacity CARWINGS (Japan market) navigation system,
with a powerful 30GB hard disk drive, features an easy-to-use touch pad, as
well as traditional navigation switches. The screen interface features not
only the navigation system, but also an enriched entertainment system with a
Music Box hard drive, DVD and CD player, and Bluetooth(R)(*)2 audio function.
    For special use in the GT-R application, the multi-function meter also
includes mechanical and driving information for safe high performance driving,
including acceleration opening, brake pedal pressure, and steering angle. It
also includes an "optimal gearshift map," to emphasize economical vehicle
    A specially designed BOSE sound system includes two forward-facing
woofers in the rear center armrest area combined with traditional door
speakers. All speakers are mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which
combined with the design of the system itself, provide sound quality suitable
for a supercar.

    Pricing and Sales Target
    Sales target 200 units / month
                                                                  Price (yen,
    Drivetrain  Engine    Grade                  Transmission   tax included)
                          GT-R                   GR6-type dual     7,770,000
                          ---------------------  clutch         -------------
    4WD         VR38DETT  GT-R Black edition     transmission      7,927,500
                          ---------------------                 -------------
                          GT-R Premium edition                     8,347,500
    (*)1: Bilstein DampTronic is the registered trademark of ThyssenKrupp
    Bilstein Suspension GmbH
    (*)2: Bluetooth(R) and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG
    Inc. of the U.S.

For further information:

For further information: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Communications CSR
Department, Global Communications CSR and IR Division, Tel:+81-(0)3-5565-2141,

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