We like to dissect things. Pressure builds diamonds and only the best survive the cruel and harsh process right, right? Yes. The 2017 Nissan GT-R is the diamond in the rough, the fifth amalgamation of the super car that shook the world with several variations like the R32 the R33 and the R34 back when the Germans were still taking naps with their sloppy builds.
Now however, the competition is fierce and gruesome. With cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the AMG GT-S and the new Z06 – The Japanese Godzilla has it’s work cut out for it and it must hail king once more. But would the simple power upgrade, updated interior and softer ride account for a success in the records? Let’s find out.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R R35 receives a softer suspension setting and better sound deadening making it quieter and more comfortable than ever. It also now makes 565-hp @6800 rpm – from the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 super-car molester engine. The dual clutch 6-speed transmission is now refined for a smoother better experience without all the noises and bucking.
Put it on a drag strip and the 2017 Nissan GT-R R35 will annihilate a 0-60 mph run in 2.9 seconds before it mashes the quarter mile in an impressive 11.2 seconds at 123-mph. It’s also quicker than any GT-R ever tested before except for the Nismo version.
The interior is miles better than the previous version and now has that luxurious feel to it, which certainly puts it in there with the likes of the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Huracán. Yup, it’s pretty sexy on the inside. The previous GT-R had 27 buttons which have now been reduced to 11.
Nissan also decided to sacrifice a bit of the stiffness and ride handling for a comfortable ride which means the new 2017 Nissan GT-R might have more body-roll although that is a sacrifice worth taking. The car now sounds better from the inside after a piping re-work that delivers more engine noises to the cabin and the exhaust has been reworked a bit as well.
But let’s be honest, the 2017 Nissan GT-R still falls short on the sound department and that’s just unacceptable – Nissan could have contacted Akrapovič to make them a factory aftermarket exhaust option with butterfly valves for customers like BMW does.
So, is the 2017 Nissan GT-R a perfect super car for the guy who could afford both cheaper and more expensive super cars like the 911 Turbo S, the R8 and the AMG GT-S? Most likely, yes. It just goes down to personal preference at this point. But the truth is; If you can afford the more expensive cars you wont be buying the GT-R and that’s because it doesn’t sound as good as any of those cars. Even the new 911 Turbo S which used to sound like a mule has gotten crisper, why can’t we get some of the old GT-R’s flavorsome persona back?
I hope Nissan listens and gives us the R36 with more bite and personality.