Since its launch in 2007, Nissan’s halo car hasn’t received much in the way of significant updates. Sure, each iteration made it more monstrous in power and breathtaking in speed, although it has definitely stayed the same in more ways than one. That changes with the 2017 Nissan GT-R, which brings upgrades in power, styling, and overall performance.
Outside, the car they call Godzilla gets a larger grille, a redesigned hood, a new front bumper, functional air vents on the rear bumper, a higher beltline, and wider side sills. It’s not quite a major overhaul, but the result is a sportier and sharper-looking ride.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R houses a modified version of its predecessor’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, delivering a higher 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. Those improvements allow the car to enjoy better acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges, with a refined six-speed dual-clutch transmission providing smoother shifts and quieter operation. Other performance enhancements include a new suspension for better stability and a more rigid body structure for sharper handling at high speeds.
As with previous iterations, the car’s interior continues to evolve into a capable touring cabin. Lighter front seats with side bolsters provide drivers and passengers with greater comfort, while an acoustic glass windshield, new sound insulation, and Active Noise Cancellation make for a much quieter space. It’s joined by a redesigned dashboard wrapped in a single piece of Nappa leather, with integrated navigation, simpler controls, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.
No pricing yet, but the 2017 Nissan GT-R will hit showrooms in the summer.