2010 Nissan GT-R Enters Second Year With Five Additional Horsepower, Revised Suspension, New Wheel Colors
The fifth-generation Nissan GT-R supercar, which made its North American debut in July
2008, returns less than a year later with an enhanced 2010 model featuring a number of
small yet important updates - including five additional horsepower, a revised suspension,
revised wheel finishes and standard front seat-mounted and roof-mounted curtain
supplemental air bags. The 2010 GT-R will be available through nearly 700 official
"GT-R certified" Nissan dealers across the United States beginning in March 2009.
"After years of anticipation, the arrival of the famed Nissan GT-R in the United States
couldn't have been more exciting or rewarding," said Al Castignetti, vice president and
general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "Not only did GT-R virtually
rewrite the sports car performance records, it showed that you don't have to spend mega
dollars for mega performance - or mega fun. The GT-R also won near universal acclaim in
its rookie year, including being named Motor Trend '2009 Car of the Year,' Automobile
magazine's 2009 'Automobile of the Year' and winning Kelly Blue Book's '2009 Best Resale
For 2010, the horsepower rating of the GT-R's 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine has been
increased to 485 hp (from 480 hp) and the car's high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch
transmission receives new Transmission Control Module (TCM) programming designed to
optimize clutch engagement for improved drivability and improve vehicle acceleration with
the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on (activated).
In addition, the braking system has been updated with more rigid brake lines for improved
durability and the brake calipers now carry both the Brembo and Nissan logos. The GT-R's
already advanced suspension has been retuned with redesigned Bilstein® shocks with a new
valve body design, along with revised spring and damper rates.
The base GT-R model is now equipped with slightly darker high-luster smoke finish (versus
the 2009 model) for the standard 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels, while a new
near-black metallic wheel finish is standard on the Premium model. For 2010, a new Pearl
White color is offered and the Super Silver exterior color has been enhanced and now
includes a polished front bumper.
Supercar Packaging and Driveline
The Nissan GT-R is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of
the ultimate supercar that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere." It is built on an
exclusive Premium Midship platform created expressly for use with the GT-R. The Premium
Midship platform enables the use of a world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS
all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. This
layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle,
without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate
independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner.
Under the hood, the Nissan GT-R features an advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6
producing 485 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 434 lb-ft of torque at 3,200, while meeting
ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standards. The engine features innovative
bores replacing cast iron liners for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling,
power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold
system featuring twin high-performance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management
system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil cooling
system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a
lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. All GT-R engines are hand-assembled in a clean
room environment at the Nissan Yokohama engine plant.
The VR38DETT is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch
transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential shifting
transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears
and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for immediate shifts. It also features
Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines.
Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and
reaction shaft design of the rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical
manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.
Putting the power to the ground is an electronically controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive
system specifically developed for GT-R. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split
from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip,
road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control,
which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle
and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.
For 2010, clutch-engagement control has been optimized through new programming of the
vehicle's Transmission Control Module (TCM). This modification improves vehicle
acceleration with the VDC on/activated while maintaining the GT-R's smooth shifting,
handling, maneuvering and award winning driving performance.
GT-R's handling duties are managed by a sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension
system mounted to high-precision six-point front and rear subframes. A special Bilstein
DampTronic driver adjustable shock absorber system, with a new valve body design for
2010, utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces
and high level of control for a variety of driving situations. The DampTronic system features
three driver selectable settings - Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or
"R," for ultimate handling. The same three-stage adjustability is available for the VDC
system and transmission shift operation, which also includes a Snow mode.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear
calipers with large 15-inch Brembo full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel
high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance.
The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme
braking. New, more rigid brake lines are utilized for 2010 for enhanced durability.
GT-R-specific lightweight forged 20-inch wheels, with special knurling to assist with securing
the tires during hard acceleration or braking, are shod with nitrogen-filled Bridgestone or
Dunlop high-performance summer run-flat tires specifically designed for the GT-R, sized
255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear.
High-performance Dunlop all-season tires are also available. The base GT-R model is
equipped with a slightly darker high-luster smoke wheel finish (versus the 2009 GT-R),
while a new near-black metallic wheel finish is now standard on the GT-R Premium model.
GT-R's Signature Functional Design - High Performance Aerodynamics and Style
The Nissan GT-R's dramatic styling remains unchanged for 2010, again following the
"function over form" theory. Every styling aspect, from the overall design to the smallest
details, is created to maximize the vehicle's driving experience - as well as suggest GT-R's
"supercar" level of performance. Utilizing advanced aerodynamics, GT-R's aggressive
styling evokes the lines of a well-trained athlete, combining strong character lines with
smooth and solid areas.
The GT-R's hybrid body construction is created with a combination of steel, carbon fiber and
die-cast aluminum, providing a unique combination of stiffness, precision and lightness.
The body features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27 while achieving high front and rear
downforce, providing stability and handling performance in a wide range of driving
GT-R's front fenders express power and stability, while the "aero-blades" on the fenders'
leading edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along the body. The vents in
the fenders' trailing edges assists in providing front downforce and optimizing side air flow.
The aggressive front end, with a large hood bulge and single central air intake, provides a
sophisticated style as well as undisturbed airflow for power and cooling. The "super wide
beam" headlights feature three additional sub-reflectors (compared to conventional lights)
to give a wide illumination spread.
The Nissan GT-R's four-passenger cabin features a sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and
curved C-pillar "sword edge," which expresses the distinctive GT-R identity, as well as
facilitating air flow around the rear of the vehicle. The signature rear view of the GT-R is
provided by its hallmark four-ring taillights, while air flow above and below the vehicle is
managed by the functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear spoiler and large,
integrated quad exhaust tips.
GT-R's advanced technology is present even in the vehicle's paint, which utilizes a durable
anti-chip paint and "double clear coat" process. One new color, Pearl White, is offered for
2010, while the special seven-coat Super Silver paint color treatment includes a new
polished front bumper. The Super Silver paint is baked five times and is hand-polished by
An Interior Suitable for Daily Driving or Supercar Duties
Key to the Nissan GT-R's usability as both a daily driver and a high-performance machine is
its interior, which is designed to balance functionality and comfort. It provides comfortable
four-passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases.
Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable driving
experience, and soft pads are utilized on the dash in front of the passenger and both doors
to give an extra level of comfort. The rear transaxle layout of GT-R, with a flat floor and
narrow center tunnel, allows GT-R to have an optimal driving position.
A cockpit-style instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and multi-function
meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver's head movement. A large
tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read
graphics of the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the
performance nature of the GT-R.
Functional style is also evident in GT-R's interior - each meter features a dial plate design
that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a three-dimensional metal-like ring,
suggesting the multi-dimensional performance of GT-R. A large, metallic-framed center
console features an ergonomically designed shift lever and a red "engine start" button.
The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display.
Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving
information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function
with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system, enhanced
entertainment system with a Music Box Hard Drive and a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone
GT-R Premium models include a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system
features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die
cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical
performance of the GT-R sound system.
The Nissan GT-R offers a long list of safety features, including, for enhanced visibility inside
and out of the vehicle, high-mounted LED stoplights, bright LED rear combination taillights,
"super wide beam" headlights, heated door mirrors and flat-blade windshield wipers.
Standard safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front
passenger, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for driver and
and standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front
seat occupant head protection - along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load
limiters and tension reducers, and three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts.
GT-R Dealer Certification
The Nissan GT-R is sold and serviced through nearly 7000 Nissan dealers that have attained
"GT-R Certification" status by meeting a number of strict sales, service and facilities
commitments - including dedicating a master technician to GT-R service, special training for
service managers and technicians, and designating dealer principals, executive managers
and general managers as the primary communicators and negotiators in sales transactions.
The names and locations of local GT-R Certified Nissan dealers are available to consumers
Models and Options
The 2010 Nissan GT-R is available in two models: GT-R and GT-R Premium. GT-R models
come fully equipped with a 485-horsepower engine, dual clutch rear transmission, Nissan
Navigation System, 6-speaker audio system with hard-drive "Music Box" and more. GT-R
Premium models add the custom-designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system, premium
near black finish wheels, Bridgestone RE070A tires and heated front seats.
Only one option is offered - a Cold Weather Package, which includes Dunlop all-season
tires and unique coolant/water ratio.
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