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Nissan Drops Details On Next-Generation Godzilla

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On: Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 2:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Drops Details On Next-Generation Godzilla

Nissan will debut the next-generation GT-R sports coupe at the 2010 LA Auto Show. As it promised back in Paris, the company has released the juicy details of the next iteration of its top-end sports car.

Nissan showed a very superficial teaser of the 2012 GT-R at the Paris Motor Show, but didn't reveal any hard drivetrain or performance specs on the model; kind of disappointing since the exterior looks all but identical to the current GT-R. In fact, all that the Paris debut really showed was modestly revised front and rear bumpers and daylight running LEDs. The company put the real reveal off until this week. Now that the information is out, Godzilla is looking better than ever.

Nissan uses the same 3.8-liter V6 engine, but tunes it to a significant increase in output: 523-hp and 451 lb-ft of torque (up from 485 hp and 434 lb-ft). Other hard modifications include revised suspension that increases cornering and handling, upgraded brakes, and a decreased drag coefficient courtesy of the new front-end. The car gets new Rays forged alloy wheels painted in Hyper Blue Black Chrome, and two new special-order exterior colors: Meteo Flake Black Pearl and Aurora Flare Blue Pearl. Six colors will be available altogether.

Nissan hasn't detailed whether the upgrades will equate to a boosted 0-to-60 or top speed, but did say the new GT-R will offer better fuel economy than the outgoing version, citing a 20mpg Japanese cycle figure.

Inside, the GT-R gets upgraded leather seats and a modified instrument panel.

After its debut next month in LA, the GT-R will hit the U.S. market in February. Nissan hasn't offered U.S. pricing, but will undoubtedly finalize it within the next couple months.

Though interesting, the new GT-R won't be the most intriguing Nissan unveil at LA. For better or worse, that designation is reserved for the Murano convertible that Nissan plans to show for the first time.

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