Nissan has yet again given the Nissan GT-R a round of updates for the 2013 model year. The Japanese supercar is now even faster. 0 to 100km/h has dropped by 0.1 seconds – it’s now 2.7 seconds.

It’s also faster around the Nurburgring, doing the lap in 7 minutes and 19.1 seconds in May earlier this year, and taking into account 0.5 seconds lost due to traffic, that would translate to 7 minutes and 18.6 seconds, compared to the 2012 model which is capable of a 7 minute 21 second lap time.

So what’s changed? The 3.8 litre twin turbocharger engine has been enhanced with new injectors to improve mid-range and high-rpm response. The turbocharger bypass has a new relief valve to surpress the decrease of pressure, helping to sustain response. A new oil pan baffle helps maintain more stable oil pressure and reduces rotational friction during high performance driving.

Increased engine power is of course not enough to shave those seconds off the ‘Ring lap time. Nissan engineers have also revised the damper, spring and front anti roll bar to lower the centre of gravity. New cam bolts have been installed on the front suspension to improve camber accuracy and stability when cornering. Driveshafts have also been strengthened for more torque carrying capacity to improve reliability in high-stress situations.

As for the body, reinforcements have been added to the dash panel bar and instrument panel member resulting in increased body rigidity and better suspension control.

The 2013 GT-R goes on sale from Spring 2013. If you’re looking for a newer model GT-R at the grey dealers perhaps you want to wait for a 2013 model.