Nissan has wasted no time in stepping up the already formidable street cred of its steroidal super
coupe. The just-arrived 2010 model brings a bunch of functional upgrades that make it quicker, more comfortable, more reliable and, lest we forget, more costly as well. For openers, output of the 2010 GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 has been bumped from 480 to 485 horsepower. To resolve gearbox longevity issues related to the use/abuse of the original Launch Control, the GT-R's paddle-shifted dual-clutch gearbox gets a revised Transmission Control Module that optimizes engagements so well that this all-wheel-drive rocket is actually quicker than before -- even with its Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) still activated. Other functional tweaks include a more compliant yet controlled suspension with revalved Bilstein DampTronic shocks, upgraded brake lines on the new Brembo/Nissan stoppers and several cosmetic enhancements. Alas, a ticket to ride in the GT-R parade has risen by nearly $4,000 for 2010, with a standard model now costing $81,790 and the GT-R Premium opening at $84,040. Still no word on if or when the Japan-only Spec-V version will ever make it stateside.