Nissan chooses Dunlop for an exclusive fitment

April 6, 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 Motor Co. Ltd., major refinements to the 2013 GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine resulted in an increased output of 545 horsepower -- 15 h.p. over the 2012 model. To put that power into motion, Nissan worked with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to develop a Dunlop tire that 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 features a high-grip, silica-reinforced tread compound; a 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 tire also incorporates many innovative 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 air pressure;

* Combined Tire Technology (CTT), which allows for less tire weight and a rounder cavity shape which helps improve ride comfort;

* Jointless Band Technology, defined as a continuous spiral fabric ply helps maintain the tire's shape, enabling smooth performance at high speeds;

* Multi-Pitch Tread Design Technology, which helps reduce noise for a quiet ride.

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). For more information on Dunlop, visit