You’ve got to admire Japan’s gusto when it comes to the Nissan GT-R. Despite being brought to the U.S. in 2009, revered with an international reputation as “Godzilla,” Nissan has yet to leave well enough alone with it.
Every year, Nissan has kept refining it, making it faster, better handling, and more powerful. The changes came by so quickly that to denote them Nissan started calling its car a 2013 model before 2011 had even ended. With 545 horsepower, the 2013 Nissan GT-R was already 60 horsepower more powerful than the first GT-Rs to land on U.S. shores, its transmission considerably more robust than the first version, and its entire demeanor better suited to be a track day car on weekends while satisfying the demands of a supercar.
And for the 2014 model year (2013 for the rest of the world), it’s getting even better.
The Nissan GT-R will offer an improved set of fuel injectors for better power at all engine speeds; a revised oil pan to deal with the adverse effects of cornering force; and Shell Motul motor oil as standard equipment, an oil better suited for racetrack use. Additionally, the 2014 Nissan GT-R will have a revised suspension, body reinforcements for more structural rigidity, and even a rearview monitor now standard on all models.
For those shoppers seeking more power than what’s available in the current GT-R, you’re not going to get it from Nissan with a factory warranty. Nissan’s already pushed a lot out of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 in the car, giving the all-wheel-drive monster an estimated 0 to 60 time of 2.7 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron territory for the price of a high-end Corvette.
Over the past development season, Nissan has ended a GT-R into the Nurburgring 24 Hours race to further refine its supercar, learning about how it withstands the rigors of racing. It even made a documentary covering its education at the track.
We’re eager to see the 2014 Nissan GT-R reach our shores this January, and while we don’t expect it to be any quicker, we do think it’ll be an even better evolution of the car as its life keeps unfolding, ultimately before an expected 2017 replacement.