Rumor: 2012 Nissan GT-R To Offer More Than 500HP

When the Nissan GT-R was launched, it was able to keep pace with the Porsche 911 Turbo. Now it seems that Nissan intends to maintain that claim.

Like the recently updated 911 Turbo, the 2012 GT-R is likely to receive updated brakes, suspension, and exterior modifications for improved aerodynamics. But perhaps the biggest change will be under the hood, as the GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 may soon provide well over 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

The exterior is expected to get reworked to increase downforce and receive a new rear diffuser, revised wing, and new front splitter. These changes should also keep the design fresh in the wake of updated competitors.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R is slated to go on sale in early 2011.