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Tokyo 2013: Nissan GT-R gets another update for 2014

Tokyo 2013: Nissan GT-R gets another update for 2014 image

Text: / Photos: Nissan Press | posted November 19, 2013 18:36

Improved suspension, LED lamps, premium interior options highlight latest GT-R update

The 2014 Nissan GT-R gets yet another update as it debuts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Nissan calls the update ‘innovation that excites’ with the 2014 model offering a new level of sophistication, without compromising performance. The improvements come in the form of updates to the chassis, exterior, interior, and body construction.

Notable chassis improvements to the 2014 Nissan GT-R involve a re-tuned suspension to reduce fluctuation between the four wheels to give a more constant grip. This was achieved by improving the electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, front stabilizer, bush links and optimized front spring rates. Brakes were also retuned for a more firm and linear braking response. Steering has also been fine-tuned to reduce steering input for city driving while maintaining feedback during high-speeds. Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT run-flat tires will now be standard (255/40ZRF20 – front and 285/35ZRF20 – rear).

2014 Nissan GT-R headlights

Exterior improvements come in the form of new multi-LED headlights which create a distinct visual signature while giving better driver visibility. For some markets, the Adaptive Front lighting System will automatically adjust the angle of light beam according to vehicle speed. The GT-R’s distinctive four-ring tail light now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive appearance, making it easily recognizable to fellow owners and enthusiasts. Upon start up, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure.

2014 Nissan GT-R rear

Visual appeal is reinforced with the addition of a new body color called Gold Flake Red Pearl. As its name suggests, there are microscopic gold-tinted glass flakes infused into the red paint, creating a spectacular effect in the deep, lustrous paint as the light catches the finish.

Upscale cabin improvements come in the form of leather trimmed steering wheel and stitched accents for the part aniline leather seats to give the ambience of a GT car. A new pale ivory trim will be made available as one of three interior color schemes.

To achieve the project's ambitious targets for high-speed handling and ride comfort, Nissan enhanced the level of precision-constructed body elements and advanced assembly methods to create the 2014 Nissan GT-R. Each part is made of materials selected for optimum performance: Precision-constructed, multi-material hybrid body combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum to achieve high stiffness and light weight.

An optional carbon rear wing is offered, which is attached to a carbon boot lid, giving a weight saving of half compared with the standard boot lid.

Sales of the 2014 Nissan GT-R will begin in Japan on December 2, to be followed by sales at Nissan dealerships in other markets worldwide.