NISSAN GT-R 2013 R35 Owner's Guide
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Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank
after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off
automatically. Continued refueling may
cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel
spray and possibly a fire. The fuel tank
is full at the first automatic shutoff.
To maximize vehicle performance, the fuel tank is
located as low as possible to lower the vehicle
center of gravity. The tank is also divided into
two parts. This fuel tank design causes higher
pressures inside the tank than other vehicles so
fuel spillage is possible by trying to top off the
fuel tank after automatic shutoff.
The fuel tank pressure is higher when the vehicle
is hot, especially if the tank is more than half full.
If the cap is opened when the vehicle is hot, it
may cause fuel spray and there may be a hissing
noise. Open the cap slowly, releasing the
pressure from the tank gradually. Also, if the
vehicle is refueled when the vehicle is hot, the
fuel pump may automatically shut off before the
tank is full. This does not indicate that there is a
malfunction. Refuel slowly or refuel after the vehicle has cooled.
The fuel temperature is higher when the vehicle
is hot. This may cause a gasoline smell from the
vehicle. This does not indicate that there is a
malfunction. The smell will go away when the
fuel temperature has cooled.
OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY
INDICATES HIGHER TEMPERATURE
Heat from the engine compartment, radiator and
intercoolers can affect the outside temperature
display. The outside temperature display may
indicate a higher than actual temperature while
driving or stopped. This is normal.
IDLE SPEED IS NOT STEADY
The idle speed may not be steady when the
engine compartment is extremely hot. This is
normal. The engine speed will be steady when
the engine cools down.
In this case, the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)
may come on. After a few driving trips, the MIL
should turn off. If the light remains on after a few
driving trips, have the vehicle inspected by a
GT-R certified NISSAN dealer.
ENGINE SPEED IS RESTRICTED
To help protect the engine, the maximum engine
speed is automatically controlled in the following
Revving the engine with the shift lever in the
&Por&Nposition: The maximum engine
speed is 5,000 RPM
. Revving the engine when the engine oil is at
a low (below 328F(0 8C)) or extremely high
(over 2758 F (1358C)) temperature: The
maximum engine speed is 4,000 RPM (The
&Mposition will automatically change to the
To protect the engine, engine output is con-
trolled so that it does not increase at altitudes
4,922 ft (1,500 meters) or higher.
Engine output according to the
The engine output is controlled at a low level
when the engine coolant temperature is lower
than approximately 1588F (708C) or higher than
2308F (1108C). This is not a malfunction.
If the temperature is lower than approximately
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1588F (708C) , drive the vehicle until it reaches
normal operating temperature. If the temperature
is higher than 2308F (1108C), perform cool-
down driving procedure. (
page GTR-13) When the temperature of the
engine coolant is between 1588F (708C) and
2308F (1108C) , the engine output returns to
DISTORTION OF REAR SPOILER
When the vehicle is parked in direct sunlight on
a hot day, the center of the rear spoiler may
become distorted. This is normal. When the
surface temperature of the rear spoiler is
reduced, the shape of the spoiler should return
UNEVEN WEAR OF TIRES
The GT-R is equipped with high performance,
low profile, run-flat tires that are optimized for
performance and handling. The life of these tires
will be less than those of tires installed on a
typical vehicle, and you are likely to experience
uneven tire wear and tire noise regardless of the
type of tire used.
NOISES ARE HEARD WHILE DRIV-
. The GT-R brake pads use material that
provides a high amount of braking power
even in high temperatures. This material can
cause an intermittent screeching noise just
before the vehicle comes to a stop when the
brakes are gently applied. The noise de-
creases as the brake pads wear. However,
the additional brake pad break-in or repla-
cing the cross spring may decrease the
noise. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
. A screeching noise may be heard when the
brake pedal is depressed:
— When driving the vehicle for the first time
in the morning,
— After leaving the vehicle parked for extended periods of time, or
— When the vehicle is damp following rain showers or washing the vehicle.
These sounds are normal. The noise is
caused when the brake pads absorb moist-
ure, and the noise stops after the brake is
applied several times.
. A screeching noise may also be heard when
the brake pedal is depressed: — When repeatedly applying gentle brak-
ing, especially on a curve at a low speed,
— When the brake rotors have circular scores with the brake temperature high.
Follow the instructions below when
parking the vehicle to help prevent the
brake rotor and brake pads from rust-
ing together. Failure to follow the
instructions could cause the rotor and
pads to rust together. If the rotor and
pads rust together, there may be a
popping noise and some vibration
when the vehicle is driven, a wheel
may not roll correctly, or the brake pads
could be damaged. If the pads are
damaged, this may reduce the effec-
tiveness of the brake system which
could cause a collision, serious perso-
nal injury or death.
. The GT-R uses brake pad materials that
have high metallic content. The brake pad
material helps maintain braking performance
in a wide range of weather and driving
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For the first 3,000-6,000 miles (5,000-
10,000 km) of the vehicle’s service life,
and for the first 3,000-6,000 miles (5,000-
10,000 km) after a brake replacement, the
brake pad to brake rotor clearance is very
small. When parking, apply the parking
brake and move the shift lever to the
&Pposition. Idle the engine for more than 20
seconds without depressing the brake
pedal. This allows the brake pads to move
away from the rotor so the pad does not
contact the rotor.
Additionally, the brakes must be dry before
parking the vehicle after driving on wet roads
or after washing the vehicle. If the roads are
wet, lightly apply the brakes for a short
distance before parking the vehicle to dry
the brakes. After washing the vehicle, dry the
brakes by driving on a dry road for a few
miles and apply the brakes normally based
on traffic and road conditions.
The metallic brake pads and brake disc rotor
may rust together when the brakes are not
— If the vehicle is not idled for 20 secondswithout the brakes applied, or if the
brakes are applied when the vehicle is
shut off, the rotor and pads can rust
together, even when the brake pads are dry.
— If the brakes are wet when the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is applied
for a long time.
— The hill start assist system can apply the brakes even if the brake pedal is not
depressed. The brake pads and rotors
can rust together if the parking proce-
dure previously described is not fol-
Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN dealer if
the brake pads and brake rotor have rusted
To help reduce the possibility of the
rotors and brake pads rusting:
Have the brake pads and/or rotors
quenched when the brake pads are
replaced. For detailed information
about quenching, contact a GT-R certi-
fied NISSAN dealer.
After quenching the brake pads and/or
rotors, apply a brake of 0.5G to stop the
vehicle 6-7 times at least once a week
in a safe location. G-force can be
checked on the multi function display. Refer to the separate Multi Function
Display Owner’s Manual.
. To maintain steady braking performance in
both extremely high and low temperatures,
the gap between the brake pad and caliper
is larger than normal and large-size brake
pads are used. When driving over a bump, a
light rattling sound may be heard from the
brake pad. This does not indicate that there
is a malfunction.
. When the brake disc rotor undergoes
thermal expansion, a ticking noise may be
heard from the engaging portion of the
wheel and the brake disc rotor. This does
not indicate that there is a malfunction. The
noise will reduce when the temperature
. In addition to noise resulting from uneven
tire wear discussed in the previous section,
the GT-R tires are more rigid than a typical
passenger car tire and are made from a
specially formulated rubber to maximize the
vehicle’s performance capabilities. These
characteristics cause the GT-R tires to have
more road noise than a typical passenger
car tire. This road noise is normal.
. Due to the performance capabilities and
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requirements of the GT-R, the sequential 6-
speed dual clutch transmission is unlike a
typical automatic transmission. You will likely
hear mechanical sounds from the transmis-
sion, particularly at slow speeds and at idle.
This condition is normal.
BRAKE SYSTEM INFORMATION
Cracks on brake pad
The friction material of the GT-R disc brake pad
is bonded to the pad backing plate more
strongly than conventional brake pads to with-
stand the high brake temperatures. The friction
material and backing plate expand due to heat at
different rates. Some cracks may be on the
surface of the friction material due to the
differences in expansion rates and the strong
bond between the friction material and backing
plate. The cracks do not indicate the brake pads
need to be replaced. However, depending on
the condition of the cracks, the pads may need
to be replaced. Contact a GT-R certified
Cracks on the disc rotors
When the brake is repeatedly applied at high
loads during the cold season, small cracks of
approximately 0.12 in (3 mm) long may appear
around the cross drilled holes
*A. This is due to
the temperature differential that occurs because
the surfaces of the disc rotors become hot while
the inside of the rotor is still cold. However, this
poses no problem in terms of brake perfor-
mance, and does not indicate a malfunction. The
brakes do not need to be replaced.
However, if the cracks extend to 0.16 in (4 mm)
or longer after repeated application of the
brakes at high loads during high performance driving, or through the continued use of the
brakes, the disc rotors must be replaced.
This vehicle is equipped with high performance
brakes, and the characteristics of the brake pad
material may cause more brake dust than other
vehicles. NISSAN recommends a wheel coating
that helps prevent the brake dust from sticking
to the wheels. Contact a GT-R certified NISSAN
dealer for more details.
DRY CARBON FIBER REAR SPOI-
LER (if so equipped)
The surfaces of the dry carbon fiber rear spoiler
are lightly coated like a race car so that you can
feel the proper texture of real carbon, which may
feel rough. This is normal.
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The GT-R dual clutch transmission is a newly-
developed system that uses an electronically
controlled multiple-disc wet clutch attached to
the highly efficient manual transmission. This
transmission has two driving modes.
&Aposition (Automatic gearshift):
allows automatic shifting of the manual
&Mposition (Manual gearshift):
allows quick shifting of the manual transmis-
When starting or driving on a steep uphill
grade, shift to the
&Mposition and operate
the paddle shifter to shift down to 1st gear
similar to a manual transmission vehicle.
The GT-R dual clutch transmission was devel-
oped specifically to maximize vehicle perfor-
mance and driving enjoyment. The GT-R
transmission components were designed using
different engineering standards than typical
passenger car transmissions. Because of this,
the GT-R has different operating characteristics,
and various rattle noises may be heard during
some driving conditions because of the follow-
. Gear clearances .
. Dry sump lubrication
These noises do not indicate that there is a
DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
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TRANSMISSION OPERATION CHARACTERISTICS
Base Manual transmission
.The GT-R transmission design is different from transmissions used in conventional passenger cars. The GT-R uses a transmission gear
design, light flywheel and a dry sump lubrication system to provide maximum vehicle performance. Because the GT-R Transmission design
is different, noises may be louder. When the transmission temperature is high, rattling, shaking and jarring noises may be heard.
.Clattering noises may be heard while shifting..Appropriate gaps are provided between gears to achieve smooth gear rotation and steady tooth surface lubrication under the high-load
driving condition. However, this causes a rattling noise.
.If the shift lever is moved from&Rto&A↔&Mposition, or&A↔&Mto&Rposition before the vehicle stops, you may not be able to shift gear
or it may take longer to shift gear. Make sure to depress the brake pedal and check that the vehicle has stopped before shifting.
Multiple disc wet clutch
.When stopping the vehicle with the shift lever in the&Ror&A↔&Mposition, be sure to firmly depress the brake pedal. The vehicle may
slowly move if the brake pedal is not depressed.
.Avoid depressing the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time. Depressing the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time could
cause the clutch to overheat and accelerate deterioration.
.When the vehicle is stopped on a hill, do not hold the vehicle in place by depressing the accelerator pedal. Doing so may cause the clutch
to overheat and result in transmission damage. Use the brakes to prevent the vehicle from moving.
Electronic oil pressure
control The following conditions are caused due to changes in fluid viscosity as a result of temperature changes.
.When the transmission oil is extremely cold or extremely hot, the transmission may feel like it is slipping during shifts or there may be hard
shifts. This is normal. Transmission shifting should return to normal when the transmission oil returns to normal operating temperatures.
.When the transmission oil temperature is extremely cold, the time required to run a system check may increase. During the system check,
the shift lever must stay in the&Pposition. Move the shift lever after turning off the system check display. Also, it is normal to hear clicking
noises during the transmission systems check.
.The higher shift speeds in the&Mposition may result in shift shock and jerkiness when starting or shifting..The quickest shifting in the R mode with the transmission in the&Mposition is available when the engine speed is high. However, the
transmission may shift more slowly when the engine speed is low.
Mechanical Limited Slip
Differential (LSD) If the vehicle accelerates from a stop with the steering wheel turned half a turn in cold temperatures, the inner wheel tire may slip and some
noise or vibration may be heard. This phenomenon occurs because the viscosity of the differential oil becomes thicker and the Limited Slip
Differential (LSD) operates with increasing load. When the steering wheel is returned to the straight ahead position or the differential oil warms
up, the noise and vibration decrease.
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All-wheel drive (AWD) If the vehicle accelerates from a stop with the steering wheel turned half a turn in cold temperatures, it may be hard to move the vehicle when
the accelerator pedal is depressed. This phenomenon is unique to AWD vehicles and is caused by the speed difference between the front and
rear wheel. This is not a malfunction. Resolve the phenomenon by returning the steering wheel to the straight ahead position. You can also
alleviate the phenomenon by operating the transmission set up switch and using 2WD drive only when the steering wheel is turned significantly
at a low speeds. Normally, the vehicle will not switch to 2WD drive when the set up switch is operated. (
“Tight corner braking
phenomenon” page 5-42)
.An ultralight flywheel is provided to achieve rapid engine response to the accelerator pedal operation. The engine rotation fluctuations
become larger than conventional vehicles. Rattling, shaking or jarring noises may be heard when idling or driving at a low speed.
.Rattling noises may be heard when the engine is started or stopped.
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0 Illustrated table of contents
Seats, seat belts and Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) ........................................................................\
... 0-2Front ........................................................................\
................ 0-4 Front ........................................................................\
............... 0-5 Passenger compartment ........................................................ 0-6
Instrument panel ...................................................................... 0-8
Meters and gauges ................................................................. 0-9
Engine compartment ........................................................... 0-10
Warning and indicator lights ............................................. 0-11
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0-2Illustrated table of contents
1. Seat belt (Page 1-6)
2. Rear seat walk-in lever (P.1-5)
3. Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplementalair bag system (P.1-31) 4. Supplemental front-impact air bags (P.1-31)
5. Seat belt pretensioner (P.1-42)
6. Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air
bag system (P.1-31) 7. Occupant classification sensor (pattern sensor)
8. Front seats (P.1-3)
SEATS, SEAT BELTS AND
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1. Rear seats— Child restraint installation (P.1-14)
2. Child restraint anchor points (for top tether strap child restraint) (P.1-14) 3. LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
Illustrated table of contents0-3