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Nissan Trims GT-R Line in U.S.

Base model gone. Remaining GT-R Premium is now $84,060.

by on Mar.12, 2010

During 2009, Nissan sold 1,534 GT-R models in the U.S., off 11% when compared with 2008.

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) has announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan GT-R  sports car, which is on sale now at about 700 Nissan dealers.

The previously available GT-R base model is eliminated, leaving the GT-R Premium as the only available 2011 model, starting at $84,060.

For that, a buyer gets a 485-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine linked to a 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive system.

GTR is a relatively high-strung car since the horsepower peaks at 6,400 rpm and the maximum 434 lb-ft of torque appears 3,200 rpm.

The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1, 3, 5) and even (2, 4, 6) gears, and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for immediate shifts. It also has a “Hill Start Assist” for launch on uphill inclines.

An electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system was specifically developed for GT-R. The rear drive-biased system can vary the percentage of torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate.

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No Torque Bias!

A “yaw-rate feedback control” measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate, as detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor. It then adjusts torque bias in an attempt to help the driver get the turn her or she wants.    (more…)