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Revealed: 2014 Nissan GT-R - LA 2012

By KBB.com Editors on November 2, 2012 6:03 PM
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Making its first appearance in full U.S. trim, the 2014 Nissan GT-R will start arriving at select certified Nissan dealers in January. While the car's exterior carries over unchanged, this stunningly capable supercoupe boasts a number of functional dynamic enhancements along with subtle interior refinements that should make it even more appealing to ultra-performance aficionados across the country.

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On the powertrain front, the GT-R's hand-built 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 continues to crank out 545 horsepower as it did in 2013. But new higher-output fuel injectors improve its mid-range response and quicken high-speed acceleration while tweaks to the turbo plumbing help maintain boost pressure at higher revs. The oil pan also gains a new windage baffle that helps maintain pressure under extreme cornering conditions.

The GT-R's chassis received similar refinements, highlighted by an even lower roll center that improves handling and stability, recalibrated springs and shocks, a new front stabilizer bar and front cam bolts that more precisely maintain the GT-R's critical camber settings, allowing the driver to more fully exploit the capabilities of the car's tri-mode DampTronic system. Those changes are complemented by new reinforcing stiffeners in the transverse dash-panel bar and instrument panel that give the platform even more rigidity.

The 2014 Nissan GT-R will be available in Premium and Black Edition models, the latter expanding the Premium's extensive roster of standards  by adding lightweight metallic black forged-alloy RAYS wheels, a unique red and black interior treatment, leather-wrapped Recaro seats, a dark headliner and a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler. While both GT-R variants receive minor variations on their cabin color schemes and accent elements, the biggest change comes with the addition of a new Premium Interior Package. This profile-popping option nets exclusive Red Amber semi-aniline leather with hand-stitching on the front seats and adds Red Amber accents on the GT-R's instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim, armrests and shift knob. Pricing for the 2014 Nissan GT-R will be announced closer to its on-sale date.