By Drew Johnson
Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012 @ 10:46 am
 

Building on its formula of continuous improvements, Nissan is updating its GT-R super car for the 2014 model year. Although the GT-R may look the same as last year's model, a number of incremental changes reside beneath the car's sheet metal.

Underhood the GT-R's 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 has been fitted with high-output injectors designed to more precisely control fuel injection, resulting in better mid-range punch. Engineers have also tweaked the GT-R's turbocharger bypass in order to help sustain acceleration at high RPMs. A new baffle plate in the GT-R's oil pan better stabilizes oil pressure, which should help during high-performance driving.

In their pursuit of perfection, Nissan engineers measured the roll center of the GT-R while in motion and then lowered the car's "center of gravity in accordance with the deflection of the suspension bushings and tires." Nissan also modified the 2014 GT-R's shock absorbers and front stabilizer to improve handling.

Also new for 2014 are new cam bolts for the front suspension that improve camber accuracy and maintainability of alignment settings. In order to improve durability, the 2014 GT-R arrives with a new hub bearing design.

To further improve handling, Nissan added reinforcements in the GT-R's dash panel bar and instrument panel member, resulting in increased body rigidity.

The 2014 GT-R receives a dash of luxury to go along with its mechanical updates, including improved leather stitching for Pure Edition models, a Black Edition with a red-and-black steering wheel and optional Recaro carbon fiber bucket seats, and a Premium Edition model that features a two-tone black-and-red interior and hand-stitched genuine Semiarinin leather seats.

New options for the 2014 GT-R include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, light-weight Rays wheels and a Rear View Monitor.

Nissan has yet to release pricing for the 2014 GT-R, but we expect that information closer to the car's January market launch.