Nissan freshened up the Godzilla once again, upping the power to 565 HP and redesigning the cabin for a more premium feel.
“The GT-R has evolved with each model year, and this new model delivers significant enhancements,” added Schillaci. “From the improved aerodynamic design, to the thoughtful cabin layout, to the even more powerful and responsive driving experience, the new 2017 GT-R pushes the legendary GT-R forward once again.”
The enhancements can be split into five key areas: driving performance, exterior design, interior refinement, ride comfort and advanced technology.
The 2017 GT-R pumps out 565 HP, an increase of 20 HP over the 2016 model. The torque curve is now flatter for enhanced on-demand acceleration, while the new Titanium exhaust system comes with Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement technologies. Acoustic glass and targeted sound dampening should also help reduce wind and road noise inside the cabin.
It also features a fresh look both inside and out, though exterior mods can be a little subtle to spot if you’re not paying close attention. The front end is rocking the new V-motion grille, which has a matte chrome finish, an updated mesh pattern and has been slightly enlarged to provide better cooling. The hood is also new (and reinforced), with pronounced character lines flowing from the grille to the base of the windshield.
Inside, there’s a Nappa leather-wrapped instrument panel and revised front seat designs for enhanced comfort. Nissan has also dialed down the number of switches from 27 in the previous version to just 11, while the 8″ touch screen display replaces the previous 7″ design. Furthermore, the paddle shifters are now mounted on the steering wheel, which allows drivers to make mid-turn gear changes without having to remove their hands from the wheel.
“This new GT-R is the most advanced, most refined and most progressive sports car that Nissan has ever built. And that is saying a lot,” stated Nissan executive VP of marketing & sales Daniele Schillaci. “As the standard bearer for great Japanese engineering and design, the GT-R has always remained true to its character. It symbolizes Nissan’s ability to set the agenda. From the onset, GT-R has pushed the envelope by combining the class and refinement of Grand Touring vehicles with the power and precision of a racing car. This new 2017 GT-R refines the legend in a most powerful way.”
The car on display in New York is a GT-R Premium Edition (the first of four grade levels) that can also be fitted with semi-aniline leather in the newly added Rakuta Tan, as well as Amber Red or Ivory shade. Sales are set to commence this summer at certified GT-R dealerships.