It's no secret that TCC loves the Nissan GT-R, and next model year, we're apt to like it even more. Nissan has announced that the 2010 GT-R will feature a handful of modest updates that represent smart tweaks to a well-designed original, rather than a complete overhaul.
The most notable change affects the GT-R's transmission. You might recall that some owners of the debut 2009 model experienced problems with the coupe's gearbox. Nissan's new Transmission Control Module should fix that by improving clutch engagement on the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Also new: a small jump in horsepower from 480 to 485; an updated braking system; improvements to the GT-R's suspension (including redesigned Bilstein shocks); and front seat-mounted and roof-mounted curtain side impact air bags, which come standard.
For those concerned with aesthetics -- i.e. most buyers of the sleek Nissan GT-R -- the wheels have been tinted a bit darker, and they now come with Dunlop summer tires. And last but not least: the GT-R is available in pearl white.
There's no word on pricing yet, but count on spending upwards of $80,000. That said, it's money well spent -- even if you won't quite be able to keep pace with some of the GT-R's more expensive competitors: