There are not many supercars that are as highly revered as the Nissan GT-R. It is for this reason that there is a great deal of buzz surrounding the new 2017 version, which is the biggest update that the GT-R has seen since originally being unveiled back in 2007. This 2007 version is legendary for its staggering power and performance, as well as its sporty charm. So, what does the 2017 version bring to the table and is it worth getting excited about?
The short answer is yes, as the 2017 version sees the GT-R mature with more refinement, an improved interior and even a slight power boost. Despite this, fans of the original will be glad to hear that it retains all the great charm of 2007 version and, crucially, it is still outrageously fast.
A simple glance at the 2017 version and you would not notice any differences, but take a closer look and you will see that it has a more chiseled and sharper look. It features a brand new hood, a wider air intake with a new mesh pattern and new vents near the (huge) exhaust pipes. It is just new enough to keep it fresh and interesting (not to mention more aerodynamic), but it is still very clearly a Nissan GT-R.
Enter the cabin and you will quickly notice a few improvements. One area of criticism with the 2007 version was the high button count and clumsy layout on the dashboard – this has been addressed with a sleek touchscreen display that reduces the button count by over 50%. In addition to a refined dashboard, it also uses much lighter cabin materials and more comfortable seats.
Behind the Wheel
Importantly, the new Nissan GT-R still sounds, feels and accelerates like a GT-R. It is slightly more mellow on the turn in and it feels more secure on the road, again showing that this is a more grown-up model. It has actually been given a slight power boost of 20 hp (565) and 4 lb-ft of torque from the 3.8 twin-turbo V6.
Overall, Nissan have realised that the key to improving the GT-R was by making it more comfortable and refined without giving up any of the speed. There will be purists who prefer the louder and more brash original, but the 2017 version has a more mature and well-rounded style whilst maintaining its legendary high-speeds and power.