This is the new Godzilla ladies and Gentlemen. It looks stunning and it got a well deserved refresh that addresses all of the issues most of us JDM guys were pondering over in the past 7 years; more comfort, more power and sexy looks to match – The 2017 Nissan GT-R R35 never looked better. I love the new paint job!
The whole theme of this face-lift was to introduce a much more mannered beast, hence the 2017 Nissan GT-R was put on regime to make it a luxurious tourer capable of tearing through the track without cracking your back in half. All in all, most of the visual upgrades were focused on bringing the 2017 Nissan GT-R in-terms with Nissan’s current design language and basically keeping it inline and up to date with the company’s latest styling language.
Changes to the 2017 Nissan GT-R include an all new front bumper, grille, hood and side sills. The rear-bumper with a prominent diffuser that features functional vents follows through with the rest of the design and to finish off the menacing look – Nissan adds black 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, all of these components increase aerodynamic efficiency and down-force while still maintaining an overall 0.26 coefficient of drag.
Now the big news, the interior. Looking at the old interior and comparing it to the 2017 Nissan GT-R just goes to say how important it was for Nissan to get this move right. The 2017 Nissan GT-R does indeed bring about a beautiful luxurious cabin that is a match to the super-car price with an all new dashboard, instrument cluster wrapped in a single piece of leather and center stack. You can probably see the huge 8-inch touchscreen right away which is an inch bigger than before, which is controlled by the new Display Command controller on the center console. The overall controls have been simplified to 11 buttons from 27 in the old cabin and is now sleeker and sportier to look at.
The steering wheel on the 2017 Nissan GT-R looks much sharper and compact than before with newly relocated paddle shifter now on the wheel itself, but the seats became lighter and sport a better feel although I think they should have replaced them. A bit of weight saving was also achieved by thinning the cushion padding beneath the dashboard’s leather surface. But to increase comfort, Nissan had to address the sound deadening materials by increasing the amount and using an acoustic glass windshield to reduce noise. The titanium exhaust can now be quiter by a button and the noisy transmission has been addressed to make the car civil on long trips. Add to that active noise canceling technology and the 2017 Nissan GT-R becomes a true gran turismo racer.
Now, the engine that powers the beauty is the same twin-turbo 3.8 liter V-6 with upgrades from the previous GT-R NISMO making it pump 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque just (4 lb-ft and 20 hp more) with a better torque curve that has bee achieved through individual timing control on each cylinder and more boost the Godzilla is quicker to respond during the midrange and high rpm power bands.
The six-speed dual clutch transmission got a smoother shifting behavior and a quieter demeanor while the exhaust sound has been vastly improved according to Nissan but quiet when you want it to be during long trips with the click of a button. The 2017 Nissan GT-R still weighs around 3,900 pounds and still hauls major honeybees with a 0-62 mph time of just 2.7 to 2.9 seconds – Where do we sign up now???
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