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European GT-R Updates Hint at U.S.-Spec Update?

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Jan 20, 2010

Nissan continues to evolve its masterpiece, the GT-R, the most accessible supercar to ever roll a tire. The current wave of upgrades may be a signal of what's to come for U.S. versions.

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On the footwork side, revised spring and damper rates improve ride comfort while adding responsiveness and more accurate control of suspension movements. At the rear, the stiffness of the suspension radius rod bushings has been increased, giving improved feel during cornering.

The system that controls torque distribution between the front and rear axles when the GT-R is maneuvering at low speeds just after start-up (when fluids are cold), has been altered to reduce rear axle "binding." Furthermore, the logic in the gearbox has been changed to give a later downshift from sixth to fifth when being driven in automatic mode, but a more aggressive downshift pattern is adopted when changing down from fourth to third, and from third to second gear.

To improve cooling around the rear of the car, two additional NACA cooling ducts have been added to the carbon-fiber underfloor diffuser, which will provide additional cooling to the exhaust and gearbox. Furthermore, a larger-diameter hose connecting the oil cooler will reduce gearbox temperatures.

Another small but significant update has been the front transmission mount, which has been stiffened to reduce vibration through the driveline under high-load conditions.

Other upgrades include the electronic brake distribution bias, a modified air deflector for rear brake cooling, the emissions system, front bumper paint, rear seat insulation and the car's Hard Disk Drive (HDD) navigation system.

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