Nissan Chooses Dunlop Tires for 2013 GT-R
• Dunlop developed the SP Sport Maxx GT 600 ultra-high
performance tire exclusively for Nissan's GT-R supercar
• Tested at the Nürburgring, the SP Sport Maxx GT 600
features race-inspired technologies and patented Dunlop
• The Nissan GT-R receives engine and suspension
refinements for 2013, and will come exclusively on Dunlop
AKRON, Ohio, April 5, 2012 - When the 2013 Nissan GT-R
rolls into dealer showrooms this spring, it will arrive
with more horsepower, a retuned suspension system and
ultra-high performance Dunlop tires.
According to Nissan, major refinements to the 2013 GT-R's
3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine resulted in an increased
output of 545 horsepower-15 hp over the 2012 model.
Similarly, torque has been increased to 463 lb-ft from 448
lb-ft. The engine is even hand-assembled in a special clean
room, similar to racing powerplant construction.
To put that power into motion, Nissan worked with Dunlop to
develop a tire exclusively for the R35 GT-R which would
maximize the all-wheel-drive supercar's performance. The
result was Dunlop's SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT-the
exclusive original equipment tire of the 2013 Nissan GT-R.
The SP Sport Maxx GT 600 builds upon Dunlop's strong track
record of building ultra-high performance tires. It
features a high-grip, silica-reinforced tread compound,
solid center rib to help enhance steering response and
driver feedback, an asymmetric tread pattern to provide a
balance of performance in wet and dry conditions, and
circumferential grooves to help evacuate water for enhanced
wet traction. To strengthen the link between the tire and
rim, a unique bead shape was developed.
The SP Sport Maxx GT 600 also incorporates many innovative
Dunlop technologies, including:
• Dunlop Self-Supporting Technology (DSST): a
patented, reinforced sidewall construction designed to
temporarily support the weight of the car after a loss of
• Combined Tire Technology (CTT): allows for less tire
weight and a rounder cavity shape which helps improve ride
• Jointless Band Technology: a continuous spiral
fabric ply helps maintain the tire's shape, enabling
smooth performance at high speeds.
• Multi-Pitch Tread Design Technology: helps reduce
noise for a quiet ride.
"The Nissan GT-R represents one of the ultimate
achievements in automotive performance and innovation,"
said Jonathan Lee, Dunlop brand general manager. "Nissan's
choice of the SP Sport Maxx GT 600 is evidence that Dunlop
delivers the tire technology and performance to match."
The race-inspired tire, tested at Germany's famed
Nürburgring, will appear on the 2013 Nissan GT-R in sizes
P255/40ZRF20 (front) and P285/35ZRF20 (rear).
Dunlop is a global tire brand with an excellent reputation
among performance car enthusiasts. Well known for its
prestigious sports car racing heritage, many of the world's
leading vehicle manufacturers-including Alfa Romeo, AMG,
Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan
and Porsche-come standard with Dunlop tires.www.dunloptires.com.