When the Nissan GT-R first launched in 2009, it took the world by storm, trumping many performance cars costing more than twice as much. Nissan clearly had a winner on its hand, but it was committed to making sure the GT-R kept up with the times. For the next couple years after its lunch, Godzilla underwent several updates that made it even more formidable. The 2012 GT-R has been the end result thus far, packing all latest updates.
For some perspective on just how much better the GT-R has gotten over the years, the Japanese automaker has released several videos comparing the straight-line and track performance of the 2012 model GT-R vs. those of the 2011MY and 2009MY GT-Rs, and — yes — a drag race of the three models is involved.
To summarize the results without revealing too much, let’s just say that the rolling updates have brought more than just “a little” performance to the table. For instance, the 2012 packs 550 horsepower, while the 2012 and 2010 GTRs have 530-HP and 485-HP, respectively. You can find the videos after the jump.