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
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
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
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.