Video: 2011 Nissan GT-R tested on Top Gear track

The latest 2011 Nissan GT-R has just been tested by the boys at Top Gear UK and around the Top Gear test track in the show’s latest episode. The new model has had a number of revisions which have helped it achieve that truly remarkable 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds dead.

Nissan has administered various changes and enhancements to the new model GT-R, most of which were developed with the pure aim of making the car quicker in every way. Have they worked? You bet.

The previous 2009-2010 Nissan GT-R lapped the Nurburgring in Germany in an astonishing 7:29.03 with stock tyres. Since then, the new model has managed it in 7:24.22, or around as fast as a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7:24.00) and faster than an Enzo Ferrari (7:25.7).

Changes included a more bolstered transmission which allows for the launch control system to work more effectively and repeatedly without the ‘box dissolving.

The MY11 GT-R also got a number aerodynamic revisions with ridges on the corners of the front bumper bars, which help air flow around the car. A new rear diffuser was also added to provide more downforce and improve efficiency.

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Under the bonnet, a red-top 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 motor now resides, producing 390kW rather than the old 357kW. Torque has also risen from 588Nm to 612Nm.

Take a look at the 2011 model Nissan GT-R going around the famous Top Gear circuit below. It posted a time just under two seconds quicker than the previous model.

For a full overview of the changes and revisions of the MY11 Nissan GT-R, take a look at the detailed video below. It’s fairly long and extensive but it outlines, precisely, what enhancements were made and why. A good watch.

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.