2012 Nissan GT-R now on sale in Australia

Nissan has launched the facelifted and revised 2012 Nissan GT-R in Australia. It’s more powerful than the 2011 model, more refined, and smashes 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds.

The Godzilla just keeps evolving and becoming quicker, more powerful, and packed with more technology; soon we’ll have a GT-R that simply annihilates any strip of road quicker than a human can handle. Nissan has honed the R35 now so it’s now even quicker around the famous Nurburgring benchmark circuit, and has posted an unofficial lap time of 7:21 (video here).

Updates for the 2012 Nissan GT-R (2013 in some international markets) include a new asymmetric suspension setup which counters the right-side weight bias of 50kg that was present in the previous model, a revised dual-clutch transmission with improved feel and quietness, and a new Bose sound system, with LCD screen incorporating a rear-view camera.

Under the bonnet, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now produces 404kW of power, up from 390kW, and 628Nm of torque, up from 612Nm. The power increase means 0-100km/h is now achievable in a mind-blowing 2.8 seconds – quicker than any other new vehicle on the market in Australia.

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In revising the engine, the average fuel economy figure has also been brought down from 12L/100km, to 11.8L/100km.

Prices start at $170,800 (up from the previous $168,800), excluding on-road costs.

If you’re after an automotive equivalent of a radar-guided missile, this is definitely your car.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.