You sure you found all of the tweaks?
Over its nine-year lifespan, the base Nissan GT-R has undergone a lot of changes. What started out as a 473-hp ruffian eye-opener to the world's sports car elite has now morphed into one of the true performance car greats; a landmark car that still keeps the likes of Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-AMG on their toes. So many revisions have been made over the years from then to the recently-revealed 2017MY facelift that it's actually quite hard to plot the GT-R's evolutionary graph.
To make it a bit easier to comprehend, then, we're cross-examining the latest model with the formerly most up-to-date version from 2014. Depending from where you're looking, the changes made to the 2017 GT-R's exterior over the prior facelift can vary from fairly noticeable to squint-and-you'll-miss-it affairs. The biggest change we can spot from the back, for instance, is the surround for the quad exhausts, and we'll be shocked if anyone can prove to us that Nissan did change anything to the GT-R's profile for its 2017MY facelift. For the most obvious styling tweaks, then, you have to look at Godzilla's new face.
Repositioned LED DRLs (which now sit above newly-added vertical air intakes), the slimmed-down bumper and the broader-and-cleaner 'V-Motion' main grille help differentiate the 2017MY GT-R from its prior iterations. Bar those bits, though, it's mostly the same as before. Likewise, and befitting of the 'if it ain't broke' mantra, the rejuvenated Godzilla's mechanicals have been given nip-and-tuck improvements. There's still a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood, but higher boost pressure means the motor's now pumping out 562 hp, which is 20 hp more than what every GT-R built from 2011 to now has come with.
How impactful the output increase will be on the already blisteringly fast Nissan is anyone's guess (for reference, the current car can hit 60 mph from rest in 2.8 seconds and top out at 196 mph), though we expect the pokier engine will be finely complemented by the stiffer bodyshell, revised suspension and faster-shifting six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. By far and away the most prominent changes made to the 2017MY Nissan GT-R regard the cabin. We may be unashamed fanboys of the R35, but we can also admit its interior has been a bit uninspiring...until now.
More leather, a de-cluttered center console - a change widely facilitated by the new multimedia interface - and a revised steering wheel design with shifter paddles fitted to the back of the wheel instead of the steering column, all help to give a much needed premium feel to an interior that was even lauded by many back in 2007 as being quite dated. So thorough is this upgrade to the interior, in fact, that the only bit that seems to be carried over in tact from the previous GT-R is the handbrake lever! There's still no word on what Nissan has done to improve traditional R35 bugbears such as rear seat practicality, (in this case, we think nothing at all).
We'll only have an idea of just how quick the car is when the road tests are published later this year. In the meantime, check out some footage of the 2017 Nissan GT-R in action.