It may not look that different, but the 2010 version of Nissan's awesome GT-R super coupe steps up both its performance and people-pleasing potential. Hardline enthusiasts will happily discover that the suspension has been retuned to afford even better control and improved ride compliance on both the "regular" and Spec V models. Output of the base GT-R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 gets bumped from 480 to 485 horsepower in U.S. time while revamped catalytic converters with new hexagonal-mesh beds reduce backpressure and enhance low- and mid-range response. Nissan also fitted the standard GT-R with the more aerodynamically efficient rear diffuser from the Spec V. Inside, the GT-R picks up a new hard-drive based navigation system with enhanced entertainment functions and adds iPod/USB connectivity. U.S. models also get fitted with side-curtain airbags. The updated GT-R goes on sale in Japan in December and will arrive here in the spring, although pricing has yet to be announced. Still no word on whether the Spec V version will finally join the GT-R and GT-R Premium in the U.S. lineup.
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