2012 Nissan GT-R Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Nissan GT-R - Road Test Specs

2012 Nissan GT-R Coupe

(3.8L V6 Twin-turbo AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)


Year Make Model2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
Vehicle TypeFront engine, all-wheel-drive coupe
Base MSRP$95,100
Options on test vehicleDeep Blue Pearl
As-tested MSRP$96,100
Assembly locationTochigi, Japan


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front midengine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, port-injected, V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,839cc (234cu-in)
Block/head materialaluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)7,100
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)530 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)448 @ 3,200-6,000
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeSix-speed auto-double-clutch manual with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=4.056, II=2.301, III=1.595, IV=1.248, V=1.001, VI=0.796
Final-drive ratio (x:1)Front: 2.937, Rear: 3.700
Differential(s)Front: open, Center: multiplate electronically contolled clutch with variable torque split, Rear: 1.5-way clutch type


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire make and modelDunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 ultra high-performance run-flat tires
Tire typePerformance front -- performance rear
Tire size, frontP255/40R20 97Y
Tire size, rearP285/35R20 100Y
Wheel size20-by-9.5 inches front -- 20-by-10.5 inches rear
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front15.4-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with six-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear15.0-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled cast-iron discs with four-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)1.4
0-45 mph (sec.)2.1
0-60 mph (sec.)3.1
0-75 mph (sec.)4.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.1 @ 124.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)2.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)12.0 @ 122.2
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)108
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)74.7
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON74.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)1.02
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON1.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsTraction at launch is critical to an optimal run. This car easily spins all four tires even in Launch mode, especially on this surface with tires set to "door-post" pressures (rather than lower in rear as Nissan suggested). I had to progressively brake-release/launch rpm from 4,400 (steady) down to 3,500 (releasing brake while needle is swinging past it). Also, had to request 1-2 shift at 6,000 rpm because the tachometer doesn't keep pace with engine speed. The 2-3 shift as the shift light changes from amber to red worked just fine. (I tried not to shift to 4th, but was afraid I'd hit the limiter at the finish line so I usually did. Close data analysis will tell us if I needed to.) Gob-smackingly fast and smooth shifts in R.
Braking commentsNeeded five stops to find best/shortest stop. The anomalous fourth stop (115 feet with a squishy pedal and locked-up tires) was somewhat expected because the brake system was bled only the day before. The next stop was the best where the pedal was very firm, and this was maintained throughout the stop. Arrow-straight and zero dive (in R, R, R).
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC off (R, R, Off), I could sneak up on very mild understeer, but I wasn't able to "drive through it" with the typical lift-stab at the throttle to coax rotation. Still, tremendous grip and poise, steering with throttle pedal alone. With ESC on, in (R, R, R) it felt very similar, but the understeer seemed to come on slightly earlier, couldn't really detect anything being trimmed or closed. Either mode, steering delivers volumes of info regarding front tire grip and impending slide. Appropriate weight and delicacy. Slalom: With ESC on (R, R, R), the car turns in very crisply/immediately and sets up immediately. Alert and ready for attack right from the first gate. However, there seems to be a slight delay-gain for the remaining cones, not what I'd ever call unpredictable or something that causes it to get "late," but it was different from the first set. Even with suspension in R, the GTR didn't even once acknowledge the dip at near the third cone. I fought with a little understeer at the exit, but mashing the throttle seems to help. With ESC off (R, R, Off), I could tell it didn't turn in quite as well, but it worked better everywhere else where I could rotate the car at will with the throttle and really attack the exit at WOT. Overall, this is almost too easy to do. This is still amazing technology made even better for this year.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/1/2011
Test locationCal Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)55.0
Relative humidity (%)59.06
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.98
Wind (mph, direction)1.9, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,239
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)29/29

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 city/ 23 highway/19 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not Available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionEleven-speaker Bose audio system with two subwoofers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard XM
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Standard 9.3 Gb music storage capacity
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard with traffic
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition doors
Parking aidsOptional back-up camera

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,829
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,888
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)183.1
Width (in.)74.9
Height (in.)54.0
Wheelbase (in.)109.4
Track, front (in.)62.6
Track, rear (in.)63.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.6
Legroom, front (in.)44.6
Legroom, rear (in.)26.4
Headroom, front (in.)38.1
Headroom, rear (in.)33.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)50.0
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)8.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years
Free scheduled maintenance5 years/60,000 miles with service optimization at 1,000 miles followed by 12, 24 and 26 months

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