While the majority of supercars, or cars for that matter, don’t have an iconic nickname, the Nissan GT-R isn’t an ordinary car. Ever since the mighty GT-Rs became a force to be reckoned with on the track between 1990 and 1992, the term “Godzilla” has stuck with this Japanese monster.
The latest 2017 Nissan GT-R upholds the original models’ on-track performance, while boasting a luxurious and high-tech interior that makes it worthy of being called Godzilla.
The brand improved every aspect of the R35 GT-R. Thanks to a revamped front fascia with a larger, restyled grille, the GT-R looks poised for a sudden dash. To improve airflow and downforce, the GT-R features wider side sills, a lip spoiler, and functional air vents on each side of the rear bumper. All of this points towards what makes the GT-R a formidable supercar—it’s even more powerful engine.
Under the GT-R’s vented hood lies a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that pushes out 565 hp and 467 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to each cylinder gaining individual ignition-timing control and the turbochargers having more boost, the GT-R is faster than ever before. With a new titanium exhaust and Active Sound Enhancement, the Japanese supercar also sounds better too. Power is put down through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and to both the front and rear axles for year-round usability. With even more power, the latest GT-R will surely be faster than the previous supercar, which could hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and 191 mph flat out.
The largest change, however, have taken place on the inside, where the GT-R can now rival luxury vehicles. The supercar’s dashboard has been reshaped in the driver’s favor, and the new seats are lighter than before and still offer passengers added comfort and support for longer drives. The new control interface is easier to use and cuts the GT-R’s button count from 27 to 11, while an 8-inch screen displays pertinent information to the driver. With these changes, the GT-R is more luxurious and comfortable for everyday use.
In addition to making numerous changes on the inside, Nissan has also altered other parts on the supercar for a more luxurious ride. The GT-R’s body rigidity and suspension have been revised for a more supple ride. These changes also give the GT-R better cornering ability. In addition to give the supercar a smoother ride, Nissan has reduced cabin noise with an acoustic glass windshield, sound-damping materials and active noise cancellation.
With all of these changes, the new GT-R pushes the boundary for what’s possible in a supercar.
For Those That Want All-Out Track Performance
While the new 2017 Nissan GT-R has received more luxurious components, there’s a member of the Godzilla family that’s aimed for enthusiasts that want extreme performance on the track—the Nissan GT-R Nismo. With its twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 that borrows components from the GT3 race car, the track-focused supercar puts out 600 hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque.
In addition to its more powerful engine, the GT-R Nismo features more aerodynamic parts, which include an aerodynamic body design, carbon fiber front and rear fascias, carbon fiber side sills and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. With its Nismo-tuned suspension, 20-inch super-lightweight Rays forged-alloy wheels, the supercar is engineered to dominate any track day.
To ensure that the driver is in full control over the supercar, the interior features Nismo Recaro leather-appointed seats with red Alcantara inserts. The heavily-bolstered seats are made to keep the driver firmly in place when pulling incredible g-forces through corners. Everything about the GT-R Nismo screams speed as few cars in the world can keep up with the track-focused Godzilla on a track.
Which only begs one question: can you handle any forms of the Nissan GT-R?