2010 Nissan GT-R super-coupe Tokyo debut

The refreshed 2010 Nissan GT-R super-coupe has just been unveiled at the international motor show in Tokyo, Japan. Since the vehicle was first introduced two years ago and, judging by Nissan’s usual product life cycle, will probably be refreshed sometime next year, the changes to the car are mostly cosmetic.

2010 Nissan GT-R super-coupe Tokyo debut
2010 Nissan GT-R

TYes, the 2010 model-year Nissan GT-R is not going to be a ground breaker: when you get such a powerful war horse in your stable, you don’t really need to spend hundreds of millions to make it even more extreme. Instead, the Japanese company limited its efforts to enhancing the vehicle’s infotainment system and fine-tuning the suspension system.

2010 Nissan GT-R super-coupe (rear view)

According to the company, the 2010 Nissan GT-R will feature new front shock absorbers and springs; stiffer rear suspension radius rod bushings and its rear shock absorber settings have also been revised.

Together, all these enhancements must make the car more comfortable and, at the same time, ensure better handling.

Only real life road tests will show whether the new parts really enhance the vehicle’s behavior on a winding road, but, given Nissan’s reputation when it comes to building affordable competitors to German sport coupes and Italian grand tourers, I am almost sure that the vehicle will be even better than the original version of the car.

2010 Nissan GT-R (interior)

The vehicle’s body kit has also received new working rear air diffuser with cooling duct. As you can see on the picture above, it even has enough space to house two large caliber double-barrel exhaust tips that allow the vehicle’s fire-spitting 3.8-liter V6 engine do its job better. The luckiest of us have already seen this part on the current GT-R SpecV limited edition version of the supercar that was officially unveiled in January 2009.

Mated to the GR6 dual-clutch transmission, the 2010 GT-R’s engine will also be more responsive thanks to reworked hexagonal meshed catalyst cells that reduce ventilation and airflow resistance supposedly making the powerplant breathe easier. There is still no official information regarding any increases in available power and dynamics, but it would probably require a more serious upgrade to make its official 3.2 sec 0-60 mph acceleration time any better (if that wasn’t good enough even for a drag-race freak with gasoline flowing in his veins.)

As to the car’s entertainment abilities, it now features a new HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system and an iPod-compatible USB port.

It is still not clear whether the port has enough voltage to power a portable HDD that would allow you to play even more fast-paced songs on a race track, but even a basic one is very nice to have taking into account that the vehicle’s standard head unit is not that easy to swap for an aftermarket 2DIN multimedia system.

Besides these enhancements, the vehicle’s interior seems to look the same: steel not as luxurious as those on German or British cars, but not particularly Spartan as well.

As for the pricing, there is still no official information, but I doubt that the price will go higher than the level of inflation in your country.

See also: 2007 Nissan NISMO 350Z

Photos: Nissan