The Godzilla has become more intimidating. Nissan has managed to keep the GT-R nicknamed “Godzilla” at the top of performance game since its initial inception. The automaker continues to update the model in a way that it evolves slowly which has helped it remain at the top of the performance realm. The AWD model has never waded off its traditional excellent blend of a boxy body and a twin-turbocharged engine. This has enabled the model to compete with supercars that cost twice its price. With each new model, the Godzilla continues to craft a history of its own. Just like the previous models, the automaker has added some more power, upgraded its looks and made things more convenient in the cabin. Read along to find out what the new 2017 Nissan GT-R is made of:
2017 Nissan GT-R Exterior
The 2017 Godzilla looks identical to the outgoing model when you look from far. However, up-close, you will realize it has its own unique stylings that differentiate it from the outgoing model. To start with, the V-motion grille is slightly larger to help channel more cooling air to the mill inside.
The horizontal splitter in on the grille now features a matte chrome finish. Its louvers are now vertical unlike the angled ones in the outgoing model. The fog lights have also been pushed to the extreme corners. The model also sports a new front spoiler which improves the model’s down-force as well help improve its sporty look.
On the flanks, only the side skirts have been stretched to channel more airflow around the car. The automaker has also added an air vent on each rear quarter. Other features are similar to the current model.
At the rear, the titanium exhaust system now comes as standard. Above the exhaust, tips are horizontally slanting bodylines that appear to point at the diffuser. The automaker has also added new vents on the outside edges. The spoiler, decklid and rear diffuser remain similar to those of the outgoing model.
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R rides on a set of 15-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. These wheels enable the vehicle to grip the surface better than the outgoing model.
2017 Nissan GT-R Interior
Nissan has also made things interesting in the cabin. The vehicle comes with a host of new features. The model features a new dash wrapped in Nappa leather. The instrument cluster is also covered in Nappa leather. The leather upholstery is stitched with Takumu precision. The automaker has used lightweight materials on the seats to maintain a low curb weight.
The 3-spoke steering wheel now features shift paddles. The GT-R will feature the Nissan Connect SM system which comes with Mobile Apps and a navigation system. The system enables Smartphone connectivity and other services such as emergency services, remote activation and deactivation of the car alarm as well as ability to lock and unlock the Godzilla via a Smartphone. The doors panels look smoother.
All in all, the new cabin looks much better than that of the previous model.
Engine Specs and performance
The mill of the outgoing model has been carried over to the new model. The GT-R still features the twin-turbocharged 3.8 L V-6 which features 24 valves. The automaker has however tuned the engine for more output. The new model produces 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 horses and 4 lb-ft of torque.
The increase in power is courtesy of increased boost from the turbochargers. In addition, ignition timing for each cylinder is now individually controlled which translates to a more precise ignition timing. This power is channeled to the all wheels via 6-speed dual-clutch transmission system. Nissan has tuned this system to shift smoother without creating as much noise as the outgoing model.
The automaker has not released information on the performance figures as of this writing. However, due to the slight increase in output, the model could shoot to 60 mph from standstill in less than 3 seconds. The outgoing model makes the same run in 3.0 seconds. However, top speed should remain at 196 mph.
The engine is also paired with the new titanium exhaust system which was offered as an option previously. This system produces a better sound and helps the model to accelerate harder.
Price and release date
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R is much more expensive than the outgoing model. The sports car starts at $ 111,585 inclusive of a $1,595 destination charge. At this price, the GT-R is $ 8,220 more expensive than the outgoing model.
However, the new model comes standard with the $ 12,900 titanium exhaust system which was an option in the outgoing model. A 2017 GT-R Nismo version will follow later on at a price in excess of $150,000.
Top rivals of the Godzilla will be the Porsche 911 Turbo and Audi R8.
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