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GT-R Goes Rear-Wheel-Drive

If you want it to, that is.

Buried in the long list of tweaks Nissan has made to the GT-R for the 2012 model year is an interesting tidbit: drivers will be able to lock the car into a rear-wheel-drive mode for brief periods. A small switch by the transmission activates "fuel save mode;" hold it down for four seconds, and the front axle is temporarily relieved of its propulsion duties. There doesn't seem to be word yet on how long this will keep the car in RWD or whether the feature will be restricted in any way—for example, if the feature is ostensibly designed to save gas, whether pounding the throttle will kick the AWD back on—but we're hoping this will allow for a nasty GT-R addition to our Light 'Em Up of the Day series. (However, it probably won't help you when the NYPD tows your car.) The rest of the GT-R receives plenty of tweaks for the new year, too, from lightly revised styling to improved brakes and chassis and suspension improvements. [via Jalopnik]
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  • Wes Duenkel says:
    August 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm
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    Fuel save mode = rear tire melt mode

  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Seen In The Nude | 0-60 Magazine says:
    September 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm
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    [...] under the skin—the chassis is revised and stiffened, the brakes improved, and the addition of a rear-wheel-drive mode, along with some modest exterior modifications. The North American GT-R Owners Club, who scooped [...]

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