by Jared Rosenholtz
When Nissan teased that it would be revealing a new GT-R, people rushed to the conclusion that it would be the next generation R36. While Godzilla fanboys were understandably upset the 2017 GT-R was just a mid-cycle refresh, key problems that have plagued the sports car since its introduction back in 2008 have at least been addressed. While the GT-R was somewhat of a revelation then, Nissan has not done much to keep it fresh. In the same span of time, we saw the release of a new generation of both the Corvette and 911.
Surprisingly, the exterior of the GT-R never felt dated to us despite not having changed much since 2008. And the recent updates have kept the GT-R that everyone knows and loves pretty much the same. Nissan has altered certain exterior features, but most of the 2017 GT-R's changes can be seen in the interior, which has been massively improved over the previous model. This was always the Achilles heel for the GT-R. Although the car was as fast as far more expensive models, it did always feel a bit cheap on the inside. We don't want to upset Nissan fanboys, but you have to admit that when you spend six-figures on a car, the interior should be better than a Scion FR-S. The new car seems to have solved this issue.
The 2017 GT-R looks like it will bring interior comfort closer to what you would expect from Audi or BMW. Power does increase over last year's model to 565 hp. While this is not a drastic increase, it should hold fans over until the R36 is finally revealed. The interior may not seem like a big change, but we think that Nissan did just enough to keep the GT-R relevant for a few more years. We always liked Godzilla but wished it had a more premium feel to reflect its premium price. Nissan did a nice job with what seems like (on the surface) a boring facelift.