Following countless teaser images, the “Godzilla” was finally unveiled on April 1 in Japan ahead of its official launch. Ever since it was introduced in 2007, the Nishi-ku-based automaker has offered an exciting fresh-up both inside and out throughout its GT-R generation.
First things first – inside the new GT-R lurks a 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged mill now delivering 419kW at 6800rpm and 637Nm of torque at 3300-5800rpm.
According to Nissan, the improved output, which is the result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders developed for the GT-R NISMO and extra boost from the turbochargers, allows the new GT-R to possess superior acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges. The revised engine comes mated to a thoroughly refined six-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and reduced noise levels.
The GT-R’s exterior gets a complete makeover across the front end. The new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille, with an updated mesh pattern – representing one of Nissan’s latest design signatures – has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling, while the bumper sides were optimally reshaped to retain the car’s air drag and downforce.
A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A freshly designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred race car, while generating high levels of front downforce.
Occupants are treated with an 8-inch touch-panel monitor that features large icons on the display screen to make it easy to operate, while a new Display Command control located on the carbon-fiber center console also allows easy operation.
The shift paddles are now mounted to the new steering wheel, allowing drivers to change gears in mid-turn without having to take their hands off the wheel. The paddles themselves, along with the ventilation controls, have improved feel and better sound when engaged or adjusted. Dial controls of audio and heater machined from an aluminium block deliver craftsmanship and quality clicking feel.
New for the 2017 GT-R are fresh colours inside and out that complement the car’s sophisticated character. An Ultimate Shiny Orange* has been added to the exterior paint palette. Four-layer top coat and semi-translucent colour applied to the upper base highlight the high intensity and depth of the new body colour.
Suggested retail price (consumption tax included)
Drive – 4WD
Powertrain – VR38DETT
Grade and Pricing – GT-R Pure edition (R9 960 840)
GT-R Black edition (R11 869 200)
GT-R Premium edition (R11 705 040)
Transmission – GR6 dual-clutch transmission
Further details including release date and price will be announced later this year.
For more details on the 2017 Nissan GT-R: http://www.nissan.co.jp/GT-R/