On December 6, 2007, Nissan introduced its supercar called the Nissan GT-R in the Japanese market. The car made its debut in the US market on July 4, 2008 followed by its introduction in rest of the world in March 2009.
During the period of 1969 to 1974 and again from 1989 to 2002, Nissan Motors manufactured and sold its top of the line Skyline series under the Nissan Skyline GT-R badge. The car proved to be a great success for Nissan and eventually became an iconic vehicle for the company. It was equally popular on the track and road. Although, the ‘Skyline’ badge is dropped from its name, it still has the inheritance in the Nissan Skyline GT-R. The GT-R like the previous GT-R R32 and R34 comes in all-wheel drive layout featuring a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine. The GT-R has been offered with a number of different changes from the GT-R R32 and R34. For instance, the four-wheel drive steering HICAS system is dropped as well as the previous straight-6 RB26DETT engine is dropped in favor of the new V6 VR38DETT engine. All the new models of GT-R are assigned the chassis code of CBA-R35 (commonly called R35 in its short form), where CBA refers to the emissions standards.
Before revealing the production models, Nissan exhibited the two concept models at different motor shows. In 2001, the first concept model was displayed by Nissan at the Tokyo Motor Show to give an idea of the appearance of the 21st century GT-R. However, a revised concept model, called the GT-R Proto was exhibited by Nissan at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The company claimed the 90 percent of production model will base on this concept.
The first production unit of GT-R was introduced by Nissan Motors at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show two years after the revelation of concept version. The vehicle went on sale in Japanese market on December 6, 2007. Seven months later on July 7, 2008, the GT-R made its debut in US market. The dealership rights were given to the Universal Nissan in Los Angeles to sell the freshly arrived Nissan GT-R. The Canadian market also received it share of GT-R in 2008. In March 2009, the GT-R made its debut in the European market making it the third major market where GT-R went on sale. The reason behind difference lied in the initial marketing between different regions was because Nissan establishing GT-R performance centers in these regions to provide maintenance services. The interesting thing about the GT-R is that the engine and rear-mounted dual-clutch gearbox are hand built.
As for 2012 model year, the GT-R is redesigned and several new features are made available for it. The 2012 GT-R offers an engine with renewed mapping, revised valve timing, larger inlets and an enhanced exhaust system that increased the vehicle’s output to 530 hp and torque to 612 Nm at 3200 to 6000 rpm. It also features a new stiff front strut bar composed of carbon composite, larger front brake rotors, and new lighter and stiffer wheels with Dunlop tires. It also offers a new front bumper with merged LEDs in order to keep the radiator and front brakes cool while minimizing drag, a new rear diffuser to enhance engine’s downforce, rear cooling ducts and enhanced interior zeal. This facelifted GT-R was offered in Japanese market in November 2010 while it was available for sale in North America, Europe and other markets in February 2011.
According to the statement of Andy Palmer, Nissan’s Vice President of global product planning, the present GT-R (R35) will receive its replacement in 2013.