On December 6, 2007, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn proudly unveiled the all-new GT-R during the Tokyo Motor Show. Design chief Shiro Nakamura proudly stated that Japan’s supercar reflected the country’s culture. However it’s not the styling but what’s underneath that aggressive bodywork that has made it humiliate supercars worth double its price - or more...
Kazutoshi Mizuno, though, who heads the GT-R development team, is apparently a very difficult man to please. That’s evident from the modifications he has constantly made to his creation, the latest being the one unveiled today, which will be known as a 2014MY in North America, and as a 2013 model for the rest of the world.
When the GT-R was launched, its 3.8-liter VR38DETT twin-turbo V6 pumped out 480HP. A year later, it gained 5HP but it wasn’t until 2011MY when its output jumped considerably, to 530HP.
One would think that this would be enough. Mizuno didn’t: that’s why he upped the V6’s output just a year later to 542HP and then, in 2011, to 545HP for the North American market version.
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