Black plate (3,1)FOREWORDWelcome to the growing family of new NISSAN     familiarize yourself with all disclosures,       ...
Black plate (4,1)WHEN READING THE MANUAL                                                                       CAUTIONThis...
Black plate (5,1)Arrows in an illustration that are similar to those    apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/above call attention to...
Black plate (6,1)NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES ...Both NISSAN and your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer are dedicat...
Black plate (1,1)Table of   GT-R Overview                                                          GTRContents   Illustrat...
Black plate (2,1)        R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
Black plate (7,1)    GT-R OverviewGT-R specific information ............................................... GTR-3         ...
Black plate (8,1)Uneven wear of tires ................................................ GTR-23   Dual clutch transmission ....
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Black plate (10,1)    performance driving. The engine oil can be        The use of additives or other transmission oil    ...
Black plate (11,1).   Using non-genuine GT-R tires may affect the         GT-R tires onto the wheel, cracks and           ...
Black plate (12,1)performed when a GT-R certified technician             specification parts can also affect vehicle      ...
Black plate (13,1)GT-R PERFORMANCEOPTIMIZATION SERVICESIn addition to the regular maintenance recom-       NOTE:          ...
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Black plate (22,1).   NISSAN recommends that the brakes                  squeaking sound may be heard on rare    should be...
Black plate (23,1)Recommended adjustments for maximum performance                                                Replenish...
Black plate (24,1)Fluids                                               Recommended fluids and maintenance interval.   Chec...
Black plate (25,1)    ITEMS                                        Transmission OilGT-R SPECI-              Genuine NISSAN...
Black plate (26,1)   ITEMS                                   Differential Oil (front and rear)*2GT-R SPECI-               ...
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2012 GT-R OWNER'S MANUAL

  1. 1. Black plate (3,1)FOREWORDWelcome to the growing family of new NISSAN familiarize yourself with all disclosures, alcohol or drugs.owners. This vehicle is delivered to you with warnings, cautions and instructions con- cerning proper use of such accessories . ALWAYS observe posted speed lim-confidence. It was produced using the latest prior to operating the vehicle and/or its and never drive too fast fortechniques and strict quality control. accessory. Please see your dealer for de- conditions.This manual was prepared to help you under- tails concerning the particular accessories . ALWAYS give your full attention tostand the operation and maintenance of your with which your vehicle is equipped. driving and avoid using vehiclevehicle so that you may enjoy many miles Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehi- features or taking other actions that(kilometers) of driving pleasure. Please read cle best. When you require any service or could distract you.through this manual before operating yourvehicle. have any questions, they will be glad to . ALWAYS use your seat belts and assist you with the extensive resources appropriate child restraint systems.A separate Warranty Information Booklet available to them. Pre-teen children should be seatedcontains the warranties covering yourvehicle (whose terms have control over in the rear seat. READ FIRST — THEN DRIVE SAFELYthis Owner’s Manual or any other docu- . ALWAYS provide information about Before driving your vehicle, please read thisment or representation regarding warranty the proper use of vehicle safety Owner’s Manual carefully. This will ensurecoverage). The “NISSAN Service and Main- features to all occupants of the familiarity with controls and maintenance re-tenance Guide” explains details about vehicle. quirements, assisting you in the safe operationmaintaining and servicing your vehicle. . ALWAYS review this Owner’s Man- of your vehicle.Additionally, a separate Customer Care/ ual for important safety information.Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will explainhow to resolve any concerns you may have WARNINGwith your vehicle, as well as clarify your MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONrights under your state’s lemon law. REMINDERS FOR SAFETY! This vehicle should not be modified. Mod-In addition to factory installed options, ification could affect its performance, Follow these important driving rules to safety or durability, and may even violateyour vehicle may also be equipped with help ensure a safe and comfortable tripadditional accessories installed by governmental regulations. See the 2012 for you and your passengers! NISSAN GT-R Warranty Information Book-NISSAN or your authorized NISSAN dealerprior to delivery. It is important that you . NEVER drive under the influence of let for details including applicable exclu- sions. R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  2. 2. Black plate (4,1)WHEN READING THE MANUAL CAUTIONThis manual includes information for alloptions available on this model. Therefore, This is used to indicate a hazard thatyou may find some information that does could cause minor or moderate perso-not apply to your vehicle. nal injury. To avoid or reduce the risk,All information, specifications and illustrations in follow the information and instructionsthis manual are those in effect at the time of carefully.printing. NISSAN reserves the right to changespecifications or design at any time withoutnotice. NOTICEIMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT This is used to indicate a hazard thatTHIS MANUAL could cause damage to property or yourYou will see various symbols in this manual. They vehicle. To avoid or reduce the risk,are used in the following ways: follow the information and instructions. If you see the symbol above, it means “Do not do this” or “Do not let this happen”. WARNING This is used to indicate a hazard that If you see a symbol similar to those above in an could cause death or serious personal illustration, it means the arrow points to the front injury. To avoid or reduce the risk, of the vehicle. follow the information and instructions exactly. Arrows in an illustration that are similar to those above indicate movement or action. R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  3. 3. Black plate (5,1)Arrows in an illustration that are similar to those apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/above call attention to an item in the illustration. hazardouswaste/perchlorate.”This indicates the title and reference page.CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65WARNING WARNING Engine Exhaust, some of its constitu- ents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluids con- tained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of Cali- fornia to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. * 2010 NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. CCALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE ADVI- All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’s Manual may be reproduced or stored in aSORY retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, orSome vehicle parts, such as lithium bat- by any means, electronic, mechanical, photo-teries, may contain perchlorate material. copying, recording or otherwise, without theThe following advisory is provided: “Per- prior written permission of NISSAN Motor Co.,chlorate Material - special handling may Ltd. R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  4. 4. Black plate (6,1)NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAMNISSAN CARES ...Both NISSAN and your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and yourGT-R certified NISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile salesand service needs.However, if there is something that your GT-R The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for You can write to NISSAN with the information oncertified NISSAN dealer cannot assist you with the following information: the left at:or you would like to provide NISSAN directly . Your name, address, and telephone number For U.S. customerswith comments or questions, please contact the NISSAN North America, Inc.NISSAN Consumer Affairs Department using . Vehicle identification number (attached to Consumer Affairs Departmentour toll-free number: the top of the instrument panel on the P.O. Box 685003 For U.S. customers driver’s side) Franklin, TN 37068-5003 1-866-668-1GTR . Date of purchase For Canadian customers (1-866-668-1487) . Current odometer reading NISSAN Canada Inc. For Canadian customers 5290 Orbitor Drive 1-800-387-0122 . Your NISSAN dealer’s name Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5 . Your comments or questions We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and OR thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle. R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  5. 5. Black plate (1,1)Table of GT-R Overview GTRContents Illustrated table of contents 0 Safety — Seats, seat belts and supplemental restraint system 1 Instruments and controls 2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments 3 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems 4 Starting and driving 5 In case of emergency 6 Appearance and care 7 Maintenance and do-it-yourself 8 Technical and consumer information 9 Index 10 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  6. 6. Black plate (2,1) R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  7. 7. Black plate (7,1) GT-R OverviewGT-R specific information ............................................... GTR-3 Increase tightening of the strut support bar Warranty information .................................................. GTR-3 attachment section with the shock absorber .... GTR-8 Maintenance information ........................................... GTR-3 Break-in schedule ............................................................ GTR-8GT-R special specification parts ................................... GTR-3 Wheel alignment ....................................................... GTR-9 Engine oil ....................................................................... GTR-3 Precautions before driving ............................................. GTR-9 Transmission oil ........................................................... GTR-4 Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) OFF mode ...... GTR-9 Differential oil (front and rear) .................................. GTR-4 Summer tires ............................................................ GTR-10 Brake fluid ..................................................................... GTR-4 All-season tires ........................................................ GTR-10 Tires and road wheels ............................................... GTR-4 Avoiding body damage .......................................... GTR-10 Suspension ................................................................... GTR-5 Fuel ............................................................................. GTR-11 Brake pad and disc rotor .......................................... GTR-5 Body repair ............................................................... GTR-11 Exhaust muffler and trunk carpet ............................ GTR-6 Additional maintenance items ..................................... GTR-11 Exterior parts (spoiler, etc.) ...................................... GTR-6 Precautions on performance driving .................. GTR-12GT-R performance optimization services .................... GTR-7 Inspection and adjustments before driving ...... GTR-12 Wheel alignment inspection and adjustment Inspection and adjustments after driving .......... GTR-17 (if necessary) (including tire GT-R specific vehicle characteristics ........................ GTR-22 pressure adjustment) ................................................. GTR-7 Refueling precautions ............................................ GTR-22 Increase tightening of the drive shaft and center nut Gasoline smell ......................................................... GTR-23 on hub ............................................................................ GTR-7 Outside temperature display indicates Engine settings (balancing right and left higher temperature ................................................. GTR-23 air flow) .......................................................................... GTR-8 Idle speed is not steady ........................................ GTR-23 Transmission settings ................................................. GTR-8 Engine speed is restricted .................................... GTR-23 Checking the exhaust finisher and rear Engine output ........................................................... GTR-23 bumper clearance ....................................................... GTR-8 Distortion of rear wing ........................................... GTR-23 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  8. 8. Black plate (8,1)Uneven wear of tires ................................................ GTR-23 Dual clutch transmission .............................................. GTR-26Noises are heard while driving .............................. GTR-24 Transmission operation characteristics ............. GTR-28Brake system information ........................................ GTR-25 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  9. 9. Black plate (9,1) GT-R SPECIAL SPECIFICATIONGT-R SPECIFIC INFORMATION PARTSThe GT-R is NISSAN’s first supercar category . Deleting any or all stored information in anyvehicle. The GT-R is equipped with special computer, control unit or electronic module NOTICEsystems. These systems are different than those including VSDR, Only use the following required fluidsused on conventional vehicles to allow for the . Failure to have required Performance Opti-high performance driving characteristics of this and parts in the GT-R to avoid possible mization Services performed.vehicle. Your vehicle should be maintained by a vehicle damage. In addition, see your Dunlop/Goodyear andGT-R certified NISSAN dealer. Special skills, Bridgestone tire warranties for specific limita-knowledge and equipment are necessary to tions or exclusions for operating summer tires ENGINE OILproperly maintain your GT-R. below −208C (−48F). Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic oil)WARRANTY INFORMATION MAINTENANCE INFORMATION Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic) is the factoryPlease read this Owner’s Manual carefully, fill oil. The VR38 engine with its plasma-sprayed . Special skills, knowledge and equipment aretogether with your Warranty Information Booklet bores was developed using this oil. NISSAN necessary to properly inspect and adjust thewhich describes a number of express limitations, cannot ensure proper engine operation and GT-R engine, transmission, suspension andexclusions and ways to void your warranty for durability if other 0W-40 synthetic oil is used. brakes to maintain performance. A GT-Rfailing to follow the instructions contained in this If Mobil 1 (0W-40) is not available, Mobil 1 certified NISSAN dealer has the GT-ROwner’s Manual, including, but not limited to: (10W-40) (100% synthetic) may be used; certified technical staff and the special. Failure to use proper parts, fuel and fluids, equipment to properly maintain your GT-R. however, some performance loss may be noticed.. Driving with the VDC off, . NISSAN recommends maintenance items The use of additives, chemical materials or. Racing, that require the replacement of parts, engine abrasive compounds is prohibited. oil, oil filters and air filters should be. Any competitive driving of any sort whatso- performed by a GT-R certified dealer. Make The use of additives, chemical materials, abra- ever, sure the specified fluids and parts are used sive compounds or other high performance. Use on a track or driving on any airstrip, when the maintenance is performed. engine oils may cause internal engine damage.. Modifications, including adding/replacing, NISSAN also recommends the replacement of parts such as brakes should be performed Engine oil maintenance reprogramming, attempting to reprogram, by a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. . When the vehicle is delivered, the engine oil altering, disconnecting any computer, con- level is 0.4 in (10 mm) below the H mark on trol unit or electronic modules, the engine oil dipstick for optimum high GT-R Overview GTR-3 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  10. 10. Black plate (10,1) performance driving. The engine oil can be The use of additives or other transmission oil BRAKE FLUID filled up to the H mark if performance driving may cause internal transmission or clutch Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special is not engaged. damage. II. The engine oil load increases with high DIFFERENTIAL OIL (front and rear) Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is power output. In order to maintain the the factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic vehicle’s high level of performance, be sure Castrol SAF-XJ 75W-140 (100% synthetic oil) Control (VDC) unit and other related parts were to perform oil level inspections and fill up at specially designed for this brake fluid. NISSAN least every 1,800 miles (3,000km). For the Always use the Differential Oil R35 Special cannot ensure proper operation of the vehicle if oil replacement interval information, refer to 75W-140 (100% synthetic oil) or MOTUL other brake fluid is used. the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Service and Main- NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W tenance Guide section. 140 (if available) that can keep the oil tempera- TIRES AND ROAD WHEELS ture low in order to protect all parts of the. For information about the oil replacement Genuine GT-R tires and road wheels differential and maximize the performance of the intervals for performance driving, refer to the Use only genuine GT-R tires and road wheels. Limited Slip Differential (LSD). MOTUL NISMO interval for replacing oil after high perfor- COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 may Tires mance driving. ( “Additional mainte- not be available at most NISSAN dealer or in all nance items” page GTR-11) The GT-R uses specially designed run-flat tires markets.Make sure to replace the oil filter when the and matching road wheels. Use of theseengine oil is changed. The use of additives is prohibited. specially developed tires and wheels provides Using additives or any other than the specified the greatest potential for maximum performance.TRANSMISSION OIL differential oil may cause the oil temperature to . Using non-genuine GT-R tires may causeGenuine NISSAN Transmission Oil R35 increase and the final drive to be damaged. Also powertrain system damage if the vehicle isSpecial (100% synthetic oil) it may cause vibration and adversely the vehicle driven in a flat tire situation, even if run flatThe GT-R uses a multiple-disc dual wet clutch handling characteristics. tires are used. This may also prevent thetransmission. The specially developed transmis- vehicle from being stopped safely.sion oil maximizes the friction characteristics of . Using non-genuine GT-R tires may alsothe clutch and the lubrication of the gear cause tire failure due to excessive heatbearings. buildup caused by tire distortion whileThe use of additives is prohibited. driving.GTR-4 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  11. 11. Black plate (11,1). Using non-genuine GT-R tires may affect the GT-R tires onto the wheel, cracks and BRAKE PAD AND DISC ROTOR operation of the VDC system. deformation may occur on the bead portion Genuine GT-R brake pads and disc rotors of the tires meaning that the tires cannot beTire replacement: Use only genuine GT-R brake pads and disc reused. Contact a GT-R certified dealer if. When tire replacement is required, replacing the tires need to be removed from the rotors. tires as a set of four with new tires is wheels. This vehicle is equipped with cross-drilled recommended. However, if a tire is punctu- floating rotors and radial-mounted six-piston red or damaged, it may be possible to . When reusing tires, contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. monoblock calipers. This helps to achieve replace only the damaged tire. Determining excellent stopping performance and fade-resis- whether one tire or a complete set of tires Road wheels tance. should be replaced is based on a number of Using non-genuine GT-R wheels may cause the Using non-genuine GT-R Brake pads or rotors factors including tire wear and condition. following: can affect vehicle braking performance and the Contact your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. . vehicle vibration operation of the ABS and VDC system. They can recommend if an individual tire or a complete set should be replaced. . the tire coming loose from the wheel during Replacement of brake pads and disc. The GT-R uses specially designed run-flat a flat tire rotors tires which have a rigid side wall. Special . reduced wheel lug nut tightness NISSAN generally recommends to replace all equipment and procedures are required four sets of brake pads and disc rotors at the when replacing these tires. NISSAN recom- SUSPENSION same time to maintain maximum brake perfor- mends that tire replacement be performed at Genuine GT-R special suspension mance. a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. Use only genuine GT-R special suspension However, replacing only the brake pads may be. Specific tire changing equipment must be components. allowed in some cases (four wheels or only front used to remove the GT-R tires from the wheels depending on the conditions). A GT-R Using non-genuine GT-R suspension compo- wheel and to install the GT-R tires onto the certified technician must inspect the vehicle and nents can affect vehicle performance and may wheel. It is only possible to reuse the tires determine that only the brake pads need to be cause body damage when driving depending on when they have no cracks and/or deforma- replaced. In this case, replacing all brake pads the road conditions. tions on the bead portion of the tire. If the and disc rotors as a set is not necessary. incorrect equipment is used to remove the Note that the replacement of brake pads and the GT-R tires from the wheel and to install the disc rotors as a set on all four wheels should be GT-R Overview GTR-5 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  12. 12. Black plate (12,1)performed when a GT-R certified technician specification parts can also affect vehicle Front bumperdetermines that this is the correct repair. performance and possibly lead to turbocharger, The shape of the bumper helps pull air into theIf the inside of the disc rotors are cold during the engine or power train related parts including engine compartment through the front wheelwinter and the surface becomes hot due to a transmission, damage. housing to cool the radiator and brakes. Instal-heavy force being applied repeatedly to the Also, do not remove the trunk carpet from the ling an aftermarket bumper may affect the airbrakes, cracks may occur near the coolant hole vehicle for any reason. The carpet insulates the flow in the engine compartment and decreaseon the surface of the disc rotor. Cracks may also vehicle interior from the heat of the muffler and the brake and engine cooling performance. Anoccur due to a heavy force being repeatedly from the noise of the transmission. aftermarket bumper may also change vehicleapplied to the brakes during high performance balance by reducing front down force.driving. In these cases it may be necessary to EXTERIOR PARTS (spoiler, etc.)replace the disc rotors or brake pads depending Do not modify exterior parts. Rear wingon the condition of the crack. Contact a GT-R The GT-R was developed using a special wind Installing an aftermarket rear wing may changecertified NISSAN dealer for replacement. tunnel to help make sure the vehicle is the down force balance between front and rear aerodynamically balanced. Additionally, the wind of the vehicle. This can affect the handlingEXHAUST MUFFLER AND TRUNK characteristics of the vehicle and affect the tunnel was used to help make sure cool air flowsCARPET to the brakes, radiator and other components. operation of the ABS and VDC systems.Genuine GT-R special exhaust muffler and Additions of non-genuine GT-R specific acces-trunk carpet. sory exterior parts can change the air flow over NOTICEUse only the genuine GT-R special exhaust and around the body. This can affect vehiclemuffler and trunk carpet. balance and cooling of various systems. Modifications to exterior parts may affect engine and transmission coolingThe GT-R exhaust system is designed to provide For example, if the front bumper is modified, performance which can increase thethe maximum vehicle performance and to there is a possibility that brake cooling perfor- temperature in the engine compart-protect the vehicle from high exhaust gas mance may be reduced due to the decrease of ment. This can affect the operation ortemperatures. the air flow to the brake system. damage parts located in the engineIf non-genuine GT-R specification parts are Use only GT-R special specification parts. compartment.used it is possible that the muffler or otherexhaust system parts will deform and causedamage to the underbody. Non-genuine GT-RGTR-6 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  13. 13. Black plate (13,1)GT-R PERFORMANCEOPTIMIZATION SERVICESIn addition to the regular maintenance recom- NOTE: WHEEL ALIGNMENT INSPECTIONmended by NISSAN, the GT-R requires the . These inspections will be performed AND ADJUSTMENT (if necessary)following special inspections: free of charge for labor at a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer only. Inspec- (including tire pressure adjustment). Wheel alignment inspection and adjustment tions thereafter are recommended This vehicle is equipped with a high perfor- (if necessary) (including tire pressure ad- every 12 months or 12,000 miles mance suspension. The vehicle’s wheel align- justment) (whichever comes first) at the custo- ment needs to be measured and adjusted (if. Increase tightening of the drive shaft and mer’s expense. See the 2012 NISSAN necessary) by a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer center nut on hub GT-R Warranty Information Booklet for as necessary as the vehicle is driven and the details. suspension parts break-in.. Engine settings (balancing right and left air flow) . Repairs and adjustments involving The wheel alignment can be adjusted by a GT-R parts replacement, etc. determined to certified NISSAN dealer in accordance with. Transmission settings be necessary as a result of these specifications for city driving to high perfor-. Checking the exhaust finisher and rear inspections are performed at the cus- mance driving. bumper clearance tomer’s expense. The tires on the GT-R may have different wear. Increase tightening of the strut support bar . See the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Warranty rates and wear patterns in comparison to attachment section with the shock absorber Information Booklet for significant lim- conventional passenger vehicles. Contact aThese inspections are required at the following itations, exclusions and possible void- GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to confirm thatintervals: ing of your warranty resulting from the alignment is within specifications.. 1,000 miles failure to have these necessary inspec- INCREASE TIGHTENING OF THE tions, repairs and/or adjustments per-. 12 months formed. DRIVE SHAFT AND CENTER NUT ON. 24 months HUB . See the 2012 NISSAN GT-R Service and. 36 months Maintenance Guide for a detailed ex- During the first GT-R special inspection (after planation of the GT-R Performance driving 1,000 miles), the front and rear wheel Optimization Services. hub lock nuts (each one on the left and right sides) must be tightened to the specified tightening specification. The wheel lock nuts should be properly tightened every time the GT-R Overview GTR-7 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  14. 14. Black plate (14,1) BREAK-IN SCHEDULEinspection is performed. bumper may alter as the exhaust mount rubber changes shape due to vibration, passage of time NOTICEENGINE SETTINGS (balancing right and high exhaust temperature during highand left air flow) performance driving. Therefore, inspection of Follow these recommendations to ob-Each cylinder bank of this engine operates the clearance is necessary during the GT-R tain maximum engine performance andindependently due to the vehicle’s twin turbo- special inspection and when engaging in ensure the future reliability and econo-charger design. Each side of the engine must performance driving. my of your new vehicle. Failure tooperate at the same level of performance. The air follow these recommendations mayflow of each bank must be checked and INCREASE TIGHTENING OF THE result in shortened engine life andadjusted as necessary by a GT-R certified STRUT SUPPORT BAR ATTACH- reduced vehicle performance.NISSAN dealer. MENT SECTION WITH THE SHOCK ABSORBER Please observe the following types of drivingTRANSMISSION SETTINGS until the mileage shown below has been During the first GT-R special inspection (afterThe design of the clutch and transmission 1,000 miles), the strut support bar attachment reached.requires inspection and adjustment of the clutch bracket and shock absorber (each one on the Until 300 miles (500 km):and shift forks by a GT-R certified NISSAN left and right sides) must be tightened to thedealer at the recommended intervals. Depend- . Do not depress the accelerator pedal more specified tightening specification. The strut than halfway and avoid rapid acceleration.ing on the driving conditions, more frequent support bar attachment bracket and shockadjustments may be necessary to help maximize absorber (each one on the left and right sides) . Drive with the engine speed kept at lessvehicle performance. must be tightened to the specified tightening than 3,500 RPM.CHECKING THE EXHAUST FIN- specification 300-600 miles (500-1000 km) . Avoid unnecessary quick steering, abrupt after the support bar or shock absorber have braking and driving on poor roads.ISHER AND REAR BUMPER been removed or installed. 300 to 600 miles (500 to 1,000 km):CLEARANCE ( “Engine compartment check locations” . Avoid rapid acceleration in a low gear (1st toClearance between the enlarged-diameter ex- page 8-8)haust finisher and the rear bumper is realized by 3rd gears) with the accelerator pedal fullyusing highly rigid exhaust mount rubber to depressed. Depress the pedal slowly.control rear muffler vibration. The clearance . Avoid unnecessary quick steering andbetween the exhaust finisher and the rear abrupt braking.GTR-8 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  15. 15. Black plate (15,1) PRECAUTIONS BEFORE DRIVING. Drive with the suspension setup switch in certified NISSAN dealer in accordance with the COMF mode to allow more suspension specifications for city driving to high perfor- VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) stroke. mance driving. OFF MODE600 to 1,200 miles (1,000 to 2,000 km): The tires on the GT-R may have different wear Always make sure the VDC is ON before driving rates and wear patterns in comparison to the vehicle by checking that the VDC OFF. Drive with the engine speed kept relatively indicator lights on the meter and the VDC set-up high with the shift lever in the & position. M conventional passenger vehicles. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to confirm that switch are not illuminated. The GT-R is a high Shifting is recommended between 1st and the alignment is within specifications. performance vehicle and the VDC must be on/ 4th gears. activated to provide proper powertrain operation. Avoid unnecessary quick steering and and intended drivability. abrupt braking.. Drive with the suspension setup switch in WARNING the COMF mode to allow more suspension stroke. . The VDC OFF mode should ONLY beEven though the mileage reaches over 1,200 used briefly to help free the vehiclemiles (2,000 km), the clutch may take longer to if stuck in snow or mud by tempora-properly engage if the vehicle is mainly driven in rily stopping operation of the VDCtown at a low speed. NISSAN recommends to maintain wheel torque.breaking in the clutch at a GT-R certified . Driving the GT-R with the VDC offNISSAN dealer. may lead to handling issues related to steering maneuvers, acceleration,WHEEL ALIGNMENT or deceleration. Moreover, drivingDo not adjust the wheel alignment until the with the VDC off can result in anmileage reaches 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Until inoperative vehicle by causing ser-then, the suspension may not engage enough ious damage to the powertrain,and the height may be higher. including damage to the TransaxleHowever, make sure to adjust the alignment Assembly including Transfer, Clutch,after 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Gears, Transaxle case and all of its components and other drivetrainThe wheel alignment can be adjusted by a GT-R GT-R Overview GTR-9 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  16. 16. Black plate (16,1) component(s) by overheating or ex- snowy or icy conditions when temperatures are cessive force. less than 328F (08C). . Damage to the powertrain or any drivetrain component(s) that occurs WARNING when there is a record in the Vehicle Never use summer tires when the Status Data Recorder (VSDR) that temperature is below −48F (−208C) to the vehicle was driven with VDC off prevent permanent tread deformation during the period when the damage which may cause tire damage or tire was incurred is excluded from war- failure. This may cause a loss of vehicle ranty coverage. control which can result in serious personal injury or death.See your 2012 Warranty Information Booklet forimportant related information and warrantycoverage exclusions. See also section 2 (page ALL-SEASON TIRES2-29) and section 5 (page 5-48) of this Owner’s Do not exceed the speed rating of the tire that is AVOIDING BODY DAMAGEManual, “Transmission Clutch Temperature installed on the vehicle. The GT-R bumper, fascia, side sills and under-High” and “Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) carriage are close to the ground. Drive slowly onSystem” for important additional related informa- rough or uneven roads to avoid damaging thesetion. parts. Pay careful attention to wheel blocks andSUMMER TIRES curbs. If the front bumper contacts a wheel block, curb, etc., the bumper and underlyingThe GT-R summer tires are made from a parts may be damaged or cracked. Be carefulspecially formulated rubber to maximize the not to damage the aerodynamic diffuser that isvehicle’s performance capabilities. Performance installed below the engine room.of summer tires is substantially reduced whentemperatures are less than 328F (08C) so youmust drive carefully. NISSAN recommends theuse of winter or all-season tires on all fourwheels if you plan to operate your vehicle inGTR-10 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  17. 17. Black plate (17,1) ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMSFUEL proved by NISSAN for repairing structural body The information and specifications in this damage. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN section apply only when engaging inNISSAN recommends using fuels that contain dealer or NISSAN Consumer Affairs for a performance driving.no alcohol. However, fuels containing up to 10% referral or list of certified body shops.alcohol may be used, if necessary. Do not use E- The following information applies only if you85 in your vehicle. ( “Fuel recommendation” engage in performance driving such as drivingpage 9-4) your GT-R for extended periods under the following conditions. NOTICE . Higher-RPM (approaching redline) opera- tion To avoid serious engine damage due to increased cylinder temperatures, do not . Frequent high pedal force braking from use fuels that contain more alcohol moderate and higher speeds than indicated in “Gasoline con- . Frequent throttle activation taining oxygenates” page 9-4. Also, do . Fast revving throughout the RPM range not use fuel additives, fuel stabilizers or fuel deicers that contain alcohol. In such cases, the following additional main- tenance guidelines apply. However, you should also carefully readBODY REPAIR your 2012 NISSAN GT-R Warranty Informa-The body of the GT-R has been manufactured tion Booklet for important informationon special fixtures utilizing a hybrid structure concerning warranty coverage, limitationswith aluminum die cast parts for the frame work. and exclusions.Special skills, information and equipment are We recommend that maintenance be performedrequired to correctly repair the body. Contact a at a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer. NISSAN willGT-R certified NISSAN dealer if the vehicle is only pay for GT-R Performance Optimizationdamaged, such as in a collision, and they will Services performed at a GT-R certified NISSANrecommend an appropriate body shop. dealer.Only certified body shops using CELETTE®advanced collision repair equipment are ap- GT-R Overview GTR-11 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  18. 18. Black plate (18,1)PRECAUTIONS ON PERFORMANCE Cool down The fuel tank pressure is higher when the vehicleDRIVING is hot, especially if the tank is more than half full. The information and specifications in this If the cap is opened when the vehicle is hot, it section apply only when engaging inChecking the temperature of the performance driving. may cause fuel spray and there may be a hissingcoolant and oils on the multi- func- noise. Open the cap slowly, releasing the Cool down the vehicle to help extend the life of pressure from the tank gradually. Also, if thetion display the vehicle if coolant temperatures are extremely vehicle is refueled when the vehicle is hot, theWhen the temperatures of the engine coolant high. Drive the vehicle at 37 to 50 MPH (60 to fuel pump may automatically shut off before theand oil, and the oil pressure exceed the normal 80 km/h), in 5th or 6th gear for 2 to 3 miles (3 to tank is full. This does not indicate that there is arange, the color of the meter on the multi- 5 km) and then stop the engine. malfunction. Refuel slowly or refuel after thefunction display turns red to warn the driver. vehicle has cooled.When engaging in high performance driving, Refueling precautionsswitch the display to the function meter to INSPECTION AND ADJUSTMENTSdisplay the temperature of the engine coolant WARNING BEFORE DRIVINGand oil, and the oil pressure. When the color of Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank The information and specifications in thisthe meter display turns red, perform cool down after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off section apply only when engaging indriving. When the values of the temperature and automatically. Continued refueling may performance driving.pressure return to the normal range, the color ofthe meter display will turn back to white. cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel spray and possibly a fire. The fuel tankWarning temperature: Fluids is full at the first automatic shutoff.. Engine coolant temperature: 2308F (1108C) . Before driving, check the fluid levels and or higher adjust as necessary using the specified fluid To maximize vehicle performance, the fuel tank is. Engine oil temperature: 2758F (1358C) or located as low as possible to lower the vehicle as described under the conditions listed in higher ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS. If you center of gravity. The tank is also divided into do not drive under the conditions listed, refer. Transmission oil temperature: 2848F two parts. This fuel tank design causes higher to the 2012 NISSAN Service and Main- (1408C) or higher pressures inside the tank than other vehicles so tenance Guide. fuel spillage is possible by trying to top off the fuel tank after automatic shutoff.GTR-12 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  19. 19. Black plate (19,1) . Be sure to change the fluids with the specified fluids after driving. ( “Recommended fluids and mainte- nance interval” page GTR-18). NISSAN recommends to adjust the engine . Adjust the power steering fluid level to the R oil level * to be 0.4 in (10 mm) (1/8 gal 1 mark * on the power steering dipstick 5 (0.5L) * below the H mark on the engine 2 when the fluid temperature is hot or * 6 oil dipstick. (* range is 1.18 in (30 mm)) 3 when the fluid temperature is cold. Before checking the oil level, run the engine Fluid temperature: until it reaches operating temperature and Hot: 122 to 1768F (50 to 808C): between wait at least 5 minutes after turning off the * and * 1 5 Cold: 32 to 868F (0 to 308C): between * engine. Make sure the oil level always 3 and * remains above the L mark. 6 When the vehicle is delivered, the engine oil is set to “H- 0.4 in (10 mm)” for optimal high performance driving. The engine oil can be filled up to the H mark if performance driving is not engaged. GT-R Overview GTR-13 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  20. 20. Black plate (20,1)Coolant mixture ratio NOTICEThe information and specifications in thissection apply only when engaging in Failure to have the clutch properlyperformance driving. adjusted before performance drivingTo maximize vehicle performance, the coolant may cause the transmission oil tem-mixture ratio should be a combination of 30% perature to increase which may causeantifreeze and 70% demineralized or distilled transmission damage.water for maximum cooling system performanceregardless of ambient temperatures. . Check the steering and suspension systemIf ambient temperatures are anticipated below and other links for loose and/or damaged58F (−158C), make sure a proper mixture ratio of parts before and after driving.50% antifreeze and 50% demineralized or . Measure and adjust the wheel alignment.distilled water mix is used. ( “Wheel alignment” page GTR-9)Inspection and adjustments of tires, . Check tire wear and cracking. *The chart above indicates an example of thesuspension, clutch and brakes change in tire pressure (air) when measured and . Check the tire pressure and adjust the adjusted with tire pressure at 778F (258C),The information and specifications in this pressure as necessary when the tires are according to the change in outside air tempera-section apply only when engaging in cold. ( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31) ture of the modified tire inner pressure.performance driving. The tire pressure changes depending on the. Check the engine, transmission, differential outside temperature or altitude. Check the tire and under the vehicle for oil and coolant pressure regularly and when the climate condi- leaks. tions change.. Before engaging in performance driving, the clutch clearance may need to be adjusted. See your GT-R certified NISSAN dealer for information.GTR-14 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  21. 21. Black plate (21,1) . Make sure that the nuts and valves that are WARNING attached to the TPMS sensor are tight and there is no nitrogen leak. Keep your tires inflated to the correct tire pressure. Driving with low tire . Use only a NISSAN genuine valve cap or pressure can damage some powertrain equivalent. systems and affect the operation of the . Check wheel hub run out and that the wheel ABS and VDC systems. Low Tire pres- rotates smoothly without any friction. Check sure may also cause tire failure and these with the tires removed whenever an result in serious personal injury or inspection is performed with the vehicle death. jacked up. . Secure road wheel balance weights with. Make sure the tire valve stem cap is installed aluminum tape. and that the valve stem is tight. When . Check that the wheel nuts are not stripped. installing the cap, make sure to tighten the cap by hand. If a tool is used to tighten the . Make sure the tire has not slipped on the cap, the cap may be damaged. wheel causing the assembly to be out of balance. The reference marks on the tire and. Make sure the wheel nuts are tight. wheel should be aligned. If the reference ( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31) marks are not aligned, the tire has slipped on. Make sure the drive shaft nuts are tight. the wheel. Have the wheels/tires reba- lanced. Make sure the old reference marks. Make sure to replace the rubber seal, the are erased and new reference marks are valve core and the valve cap of the Tire applied to the wheel and tire. When instal- Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor ling new tires on the wheels, make sure new attached to the wheel every 3 years for reference marks are applied to the wheels performance driving use. Replace the rubber and tires. seal every 5 years even when not engaging in performance driving. A dirty rubber seal . Check for the heat deterioration of the will cause the air leak from the tire. brakes and parts around the brakes. GT-R Overview GTR-15 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  22. 22. Black plate (22,1). NISSAN recommends that the brakes squeaking sound may be heard on rare should be bled before engaging in perfor- occasions. mance driving and when replacing the brake Brake pad break-in procedure: fluid. It is recommended that bleeding the brake be performed when the brake calipers NISSAN recommends that a special brake pad are hot (about 2128F (1008C)). break in procedure be performed before enga- ging in performance driving. Contact a GT-R. Inspect to see whether the clearance certified NISSAN dealer for details. between the exhaust finisher and rear bumper is maintained at above 0.24 in (6 mm) (up/down) and above 0.20 in (5 mm) NOTICE (left/right). At the completion of performance driv-Brake pad: ing, all fluid and other adjustments should be returned to the normal fluid. When engaging in high performance driving specifications as shown in the “Main- for the first time after purchasing a new tenance and do-it-yourself” section of vehicle, after replacing the brake fluid, or this manual. when engaging in high performance driving for a sustained period of time, it is recom- mended that you remove air from the brake fluid.. NISSAN recommends adding an additional cross spring to the front calipers before engaging in performance driving. The addi- tional spring reduces brake pad movement resulting from cornering forces and will reduce the stroke of the brake pedal. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer to purchase the spring and arrange installation. If a cross spring is added, a clattering orGTR-16 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  23. 23. Black plate (23,1)Recommended adjustments for maximum performance Replenishing coolantThe information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in The information and specifications in thisperformance driving. section apply only when engaging in performance driving.Tire pressure: Check the coolant level in the pressurized Condition Pressure PSI (kPa) coolant reservoir. Adjust the level so that theStarting to drive (Tires are cold) Front: 30.5 (210) - 31.9 (220), Rear: 29 (200) fluid is between the MAX and MIN markings. ForIncreasing tire pressure (Tires are hot) Front: 39.2 (270), Rear: Not exceeding 37.7 (260) the coolant, use genuine NISSAN Long Life coolant. (On delivery of new vehicle, the reservoir is filled to the MIN level. Be sure to replenish approximately 0.3 to 0.4 US quart (0.3 to 0.4 liter) of coolant.) NOTICE Do not overfill the coolant. This may increase the pressure in the cooling system and cause coolant leaks. INSPECTION AND ADJUSTMENTS AFTER DRIVING The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in performance driving. GT-R Overview GTR-17 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  24. 24. Black plate (24,1)Fluids Recommended fluids and maintenance interval. Check the engine, transmission, differential The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging in and under the vehicle for oil and coolant performance driving. leaks. ITEMS Engine Oil. Check the fluid levels and adjust as neces- GT-R SPECI- sary using the specified fluid as described FIED FLUIDS Mobil 1 (0W-40)*1 under the conditions listed in ADDITIONAL Change engine oil and engine oil filter at the same MAINTENANCE ITEMS. If you do not drive . When the oil temperature stays interval as Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN below 2308F (1108C) while driving under the conditions listed, refer to the 2012 GT-R Service and Maintenance Guide section. NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide. MAINTENANCE . When the oil temperature reaches Change engine oil and engine oil filter every 3,000 INTERVAL between 2308F (1108C) and miles (5,000 km). 2668F (1308C) while driving . When the oil temperature exceeds Change engine oil and engine oil filter immediately 2668F (1308C) while driving after stopping.GTR-18 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  25. 25. Black plate (25,1) ITEMS Transmission OilGT-R SPECI- Genuine NISSAN Transmission Oil R35 SpecialFIED FLUIDS Change transmission oil at the same interval as . When the oil temperature stays Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN GT-R below 2488F (1208C) while driving Service and Maintenance Guide section. . When the oil temperature reachesMAINTENANCE Change transmission oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 between 2488F (1208C) andINTERVAL km). 2848F (1408C) while driving Change both transmission oil and differential oil . When the oil temperature exceeds immediately after stopping. Differential oil tem- 2848F (1408C) while driving perature usually increases concurrently.The information and specifications in this section apply only when engaging inperformance driving. GT-R Overview GTR-19 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  26. 26. Black plate (26,1) ITEMS Differential Oil (front and rear)*2GT-R SPECI- Castrol SAF-XJ 75W-140*3FIED FLUIDS Change differential oil at the same interval as . When the oil temperature stays Schedule 1 and 2 in the 2012 NISSAN GT-R below 2488F (1208C) while driving Service and Maintenance Guide section. . When the oil temperature reaches Change transmission oil every 3,000 miles (5,000MAINTENANCE between 2488F (1208C) and km).INTERVAL 2848F (1408C) while driving Change both transmission oil and differential oil . When the oil temperature exceeds immediately after stopping. Differential oil tem- 2848F (1408C) while driving perature usually increases concurrently as the transmission oil temperature.GTR-20 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  27. 27. Black plate (27,1) ITEMS Brake Fluid . When the transmission oil temperatureGT-R SPECIFIED FLUIDS Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II*4 increases to over 2848F (1408C) the colorMAINTENANCE INTERVAL Change brake fluid every 3,000 miles (5,000 km). of the meter display turns to red. However, the vehicle can be driven until the tempera-*1: Mobil 1 (0W-40) (100% synthetic) is the factory fill oil. The VR38 engine with its plasma-sprayed bores was ture reaches 2958F (1468C). When the developed using this oil. NISSAN cannot ensure proper engine operation and durability if other 0W-40 color of the meter display turns red, because synthetic oil is used. If Mobil 1 (0W-40) is not available, Mobil 1 (10W-40) (100% synthetic) may be used; the oil is deteriorated, replace the transmis- however, some performance loss may be noticed. sion and differential oil after driving.*2: The differential oil temperature cannot be displayed on the multi function display. The differential oil temperature can be checked with the transmission oil temperature since both usually increases or decrease . When the engine coolant temperature in- concurrently. creases above 2308F (1108C), the color of*3: MOTUL NISMO COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 can also be used. MOTUL NISMO the meter display turns to red to warn and COMPETITION OIL type 2189E 75W 140 may not be available at most NISSAN dealer or in all markets. output is controlled at a low level. When the*4: Genuine NISSAN Brake Fluid R35 Special II is the factory fill brake fluid. The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) engine oil temperature is higher than 2758F unit and other related parts were specially designed for this brake fluid and NISSAN cannot ensure the best (1358C), the meter is displayed in red, the performance and proper operation of the vehicle if other brake fluid is used. engine output is controlled at 4000 rpm, and the & position will automatically change to M the & position. A Inspection and adjustments of tires, suspension and brakes . Check the steering and suspension system and other links for loose and/or damaged parts. . Measure and adjust the wheel alignment. . Check tire wear and cracking. . Check the tire pressure and adjust the pressure as necessary when the tires are cold. ( “Recommended adjustments for GT-R Overview GTR-21 R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4
  28. 28. Black plate (28,1) GT-R SPECIFIC VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS maximum performance” page GTR-17) nuts and the sensor valve are tight and there is no nitrogen leak. REFUELING PRECAUTIONS. Check that the wheel nuts are not stripped. Check if there is no deformation on the . Check for the heat deterioration of the bearing. brakes and parts around the brakes. WARNING. Make sure the wheel nuts are tight. . Check the condition of the brake pads and Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank ( “Wheels and tires” page 8-31) disc rotors and replace them as necessary. after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off automatically. Continued refueling may. Make sure the drive shaft nuts are tight. . Inspect to see whether the clearance cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel. Check wheel hub run out and that the wheel between the exhaust finisher and rear spray and possibly a fire. The fuel tank rotates smoothly without any friction. Check bumper is maintained at above 0.24 in (6 is full at the first automatic shutoff. these with the tires removed whenever an mm) (up/down) and above 0.20 in (5 mm) inspection is performed with the vehicle (left/right). To maximize vehicle performance, the fuel tank is jacked up. located as low as possible to lower the vehicle. Make sure the tire has not slipped on the center of gravity. The tank is also divided into wheel causing the assembly to be out of two parts. This fuel tank design causes higher balance. The reference marks on the tire and pressures inside the tank than other vehicles so wheel should be aligned. If the reference fuel spillage is possible by trying to top off the marks are not aligned, the tire has slipped on fuel tank after automatic shutoff. the wheel. Have the wheels/tires reba- The fuel tank pressure is higher when the vehicle lanced. Make sure the old reference marks is hot, especially if the tank is more than half full. are erased and new reference marks are If the cap is opened when the vehicle is hot, it applied to the wheel and tire. When instal- may cause fuel spray and there may be a hissing ling new tires on the wheels, make sure new noise. Open the cap slowly, releasing the reference marks are applied to the wheels pressure from the tank gradually. Also, if the and tires. ( “Inspection and adjustments vehicle is refueled when the vehicle is hot, the of tires, suspension, clutch and brakes” fuel pump may automatically shut off before the page GTR-14) tank is full. This does not indicate that there is a. Make sure that the TPMS sensor installation malfunction. Refuel slowly or refuel after theGTR-22 GT-R Overview R35-D EDITED: 2011/ 2/ 4

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