A lot of people ask us the question ” What are the differences between Nissan GTR models ? ” and we at AT Performance Cars, are able to give them the answer. So if you’ve arrived here to find out the differences between Nissan GTR models then you’re in the right place.
Before we get started, the two platforms currently available to own are the original CBA model (2009-2011) and the revised DBA model (2011-2016). Any newcomer to the GTR scene may struggle to quickly identify these differences on initial glance, as the cars appearance are relatively similar with only minor changes.
The overall shape of the car is the same between CBA/DBA but the DBA benefits from the following ‘facelift’ changes; Daytime Running Lights mounted in Updated Front Bumper, 4x Afterburner rear lights as opposed to 2 of 4 on CBA, Revised Wheel Design and Colour options.
Moving to the interior, usually the differences between Nissan GTR models are not so noticeable from the outside, it’s when you look inside the cabin you find the clues.
The UK supplied CBA Nissan GTR’s were available in either Black Edition or Premium Edition. The Premium Edition featured a grey head lining and black seats, whereas the Black Edition featured a black headlining and red accents on the seats.
The option of Sat Nav was available along with the NISMO data-logging system was part of an upgrade from 2010, the suspension tweaks are minor but include marginally stiffer front spring and damper rates, and stiffer bushing for the rear torsion control arms. The aim is to further increase the driver appeal
The DBA model, released in 2011, saw the GT-R gain a re-profiled front bumper with wider grille, enlarged intakes, LED running lights and a claimed downforce improvement of 10%. The rear bumper has been redesigned with a larger diffuser and new vent to aid aerodynamics and underbody cooling, along with larger exhaust tips. There are lighter Rays forged-aluminium wheels riding on a new compound (but same size) Dunlop SP-Sport Maxx tyre. It was also in 2011 that the DBA cars moved to an annual service plan compared to the previous CBA models which required a service every six-months or 6,000 miles.
Inside the GT-R Nissan has fitted darker, classier fillets of metal and carbon to the instrument panel and centre console, and the shift paddles for ther dual-clutch transmission are described as ‘featuring magnesium’. Now hiding under a red engine cover, the 3.8-litre V6’s output jumps from 478bhp to 523bhp and economy improves thanks to larger inlet tracts and a revised ECU and exhaust. Plus there are bigger 390mm front brakes, a stiffer front end – a neat carbon strut brace links the strut tops – and re-worked suspension too.
On laying eyes on the GT-R, everyone will know that it is a car with very special levels of performance on tap. For those wishing to fully exploit this performance in a suitable environment, Nissan introduced the Track Pack option for the GT-R in 2012. For another £10,000 over the standard car, the Track Pack features firmer springs, lighter Nismo wheels and improved brake cooling. Nissan has also removed the rear seats, saving a total of 20kg when combined with the new alloys. The drivetrain is carried over to the Track Pack unchanged. The latest version of this constantly updated car delivers 542bhp and a 0-60mph time below three seconds.
The regular GT-R received a thorough upgrade for 2012 including revised cylinder heads, new sodium-filled valves, a revised intake system – all in the name of more throttle response and greater energy higher up the rev range.
The dampers have new programming, the springs are revised, the gearbox shifts even more cleanly and quickly, the front bulkhead is structurally stiffer… The GT-R even has different spring rates and rear suspension geometry from one side to the other to account for the weight of the driver. It’s a typically meticulous job by the GT-R’s chief engineer Mizuno-san and his team of GT-R obsessives
For 2013 the basics remained the same. Power remained at 542bhp at 6400rpm, backed up with 465lb ft at 3200-5800rpm. However, new injectors increase response throughout the rev range, a new relief valve for the turbocharger bypass reduces lag, and a revised oil pan should mean that the GT-R stands up even better to the extreme G-forces it’s so fond of pulling.
The new car also benefits from a reinforced dashboard for greater structural rigidity, and there are the inevitable tweaks to spring and damper rates plus a new front anti-roll bar aimed at improving handling and comfort. This all adds up to a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7:19.1 (a 1.9sec improvement on the MY12 car), 0-60 in 2.8sec, a top speed of 196mph. Track Pack option was available for a further £10,000.
For 2014, Nissan have recalibrated the electronic control of the damper valves, modified the front anti-roll bar and bushes, and revised the spring-rates to ‘reduce load fluctuations between the four wheels’ – to ensure that the tyres remain in contact with the road more of the time. The steering has also been recalibrated for a more relaxed helm, particularly at low speeds, so fewer corrections are now needed to keep the 2014 Nissan GT-R keyed into the road.
The revised GT-R is fitted with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600. This run-flat rubber (255/40 ZRF20 front, 285/35 ZRF20 rear) has stiffer sidewalls and an inner ridge within two of the central grooves to stop the tread blocks from ‘falling over’ during hard cornering.
Other 2014 model year changes include multi-LED headlights with a thunderbolt motif – a nod perhaps to Nissan’s new ‘director of excitement’, Usain Bolt – plus a new Vermillion Red paint featuring a subtle gold flake.
The Nismo, released in 2015 is the top dog of the GTR world. Key differences are a more resolved aero package, including a carbon rear wing, deeper front spoiler and side skirts. At 186mph the Nismo develops an extra 100kg of downforce. Both the front and rear bumpers have also been elongated to attempt to offset the increase in drag caused by the deeper spoiler and taller rear wing.
The suspension is revised and with more resistant damping, the springs are unique to the Nismo model, there’s a lovely (if you like that kind of thing) hollow rear anti roll bar, and the front wheels are wider. Correspondingly, the front wings are 10mm wider. Those wheels deserve special mention – gorgeous 20in RAYS forged alloys unique to the Nismo.
The bodywork is bonded during construction, increasing stiffness by 8 per cent, and there are numerous other styling and interior tweaks including a pair of lighter bucket seats.
Power is up from from 542bhp and 466lb ft to 591bhp and 481lb ft, and while acceleration and top speed data has not been released we would expect the Nismo to achieve the 0-60 sprint in around 2.5sec Blimey. The standard car’s top speed is 196mph, and the Nismo is expected to be around the same.
JDM Import cars have certain complications when owning which is why we stick to UK cars, these include The MFD and Sat Nav are in Japanese, Buttons on MFD are Japanese, No bonnet pop-up devices installed for EU safety, Radio frequency, Tyre sensors frequency.
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