A new more user-friendly launch-control system for the Nissan GT-R will give drivers the ability to achieve a time of 3.3 seconds in the 0 - 60mph sprint.

Buyers of expensive sports cars are always asking themselves how they can get more performance out of their cars without affecting the all-important warranty. The good news for those who already have one of these sports cars, the respected Nissan GT-R, is that they don't have to live with what they have. Nissan can help them get what they want retroactively through dealers. Those still looking to purchase into the GT-R family have the golden opportunity of buying an even faster car straight out of the box.

At launch in 2007 Nissan said the GT-R could dispatch the 0 - 60mph time in just 3.5 seconds. For MY2009 (US MY2010) Nissan worked on the car a little bit more by giving it slightly more power and revised mapping of the transmission control unit which resulted in an optimized launch control setting. This has apparently resulted in the GT-R being able to launch from 0 - 60mph in 3.3 seconds. The number was achieved by Nissan's test driver at the company's test track in Tochigi, Japan.

Interestingly Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) which limits revs and slip needed for quicker takeoff remained switched on when this 3.3-second time was achieved. Previously VDC has to be switched off in order to deploy launch control. The new launch system allows even a novice driver to hurl the car quickly off the line without any fancy pre-launch procedures. Just step on the brake (firmly) with your left foot, floor the accelerator pedal with your right foot. Wait for rpms to hold at 3000 and release your foot off the brake.


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