Nissan GT-R With Updated Launch Control Still Fast

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Owners of Nissan GT-Rs with updated launch control are starting to file their first impressions. So far, they're almost universally positive.

After the whole warranty-voiding Nissan GT-R launch control scandal, Nissan issued a software update purported to correct the problem. It affects launch control in two ways: by increasing the maximum RPM at launch with VDC on from 2,000 to 3,000 RPM and by decreasing the RPM at launch with VDC off from 4,500 to between 3,000 and 3,500 RPM.


The owner of this red GT-R, who we're sadly assuming isn't the hot chick, but the hot chick's less hot boyfriend, is reporting a 1/4 mile time of 11.347 at 120.85 MPH. That's on stock Dunlops, a stock car, stock fuel and the ECU update. He also reported that the conditions were extremely cold, which is good for power, but bad for traction.


That's a little faster than the professional drivers over at Edmunds managed in a non-updated stock GT-R during their official road test. Their Time: 11.6 seconds.


Apparently, the update, instead of slowing the vehicle down, simply leads to less wheel spin and wheel hop off the line, leading not only to smoother launches and less strain on the drivetrain, but also competitive acceleration figures. Sounds good to us, but we'll stick doing it ourselves without computer aid. (Hat tip to FikseGTS!)

[via Drag Times and NAGTROC]