By Joe Bruzek on June 29, 2011
Below the 2012 Nissan GT-R’s climate controls sit three important toggle switches that unleash the 530-horsepower coupe’s full potential. From left to right, the second and third are easy enough to decipher: An image of a shock absorber sits above the suspension switch, and a spinning tire identifies the toggle for stability and traction systems, though that tire symbol isn't the standard ESC Off symbol, either.
The first switch is a little more cryptic. There’s a differential housing with tires and what looks like an electrical schematic protruding from the rear end. What’s more confusing is the toggle’s lower “Save” mode opposite the fun-looking “R” mode that all the toggles have.
First impressions may lead you to believe the button controls the power split of the front and rear differentials — a common feature on all-wheel-drive performance cars — but that would be incorrect.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe