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2012 Nissan GT-R Cuts 0-to-60 Under 3 Seconds

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On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 4:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


2012 Nissan GT-R Cuts 0-to-60 Under 3 Seconds

The new Nissan GT-R may have inched ever closer to the $100,000 threshold, but it looks like the price increase will be worth it. According to a leaked GT-R owner's manual, the 2012 model brings back a sorely missed feature: launch control. And with launch control comes acceleration times that will put the car in the conversation with some of the world's most elite supercars. In getting their hands on the GT-R manual, car sleuths at the North American GT-R Owner's Club identified what Nissan calls "R Mode Start Function," or what's essentially an updated version of launch control.

The GT-R was originally equipped with launch control, a feature that helped Motor Trend achieve the 3.2-second 0-to-60 mph run in the 2009 model. But Nissan removed the feature—offiically called VDC Off—in 2009 in order to provide for smoother shifting and better transmission performance under normal conditions. The launch control was cited as a cause of failing transmissions, so Nissan's move was designed to stabilize the performance and longetivity of the gearbox.

While the dropping of launch control mode was viewed as an improvement for everyday driving, it dropped the acceleration capability of the GT-R. According to Motor Trend's testing, with the launch control engaged (VDC off) the GT-R's 480-hp twin-turbo hit 4500 rpm when powerbraking and allowed the car its 3.2-second acceleration time. With the VDC turned on, the engine revved to only around 2,000 rpm and increased acceleration to 3.9 seconds to 60 mph—still great for a car of its price, but not quite as stunning as the 3.2 figure.

So, with the return of launch control, Nissan's documentation implies that the 2012 GT-R will be able to get close to the 62 mph in 3.046 seconds that it achieved during testing at the Sendai Highland Raceway in Japan. And if it can hit 62 mph in roughly 3 seconds, it'll hit 60 mph in under 3. And that's not just a supercar-like acceleration time, that's an elite supercar time.


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