Are these Japanese sportscars better than the ones found in the European other side of the World? Well! This has always been a controversial question and quite honestly many of us avoid or ignore to answer it. Offcourse they are technologically advanced and are full of electronic aids which make them safest and easily drivable car on road but they never actually fit in the garage of pure car enthusiasts. The Nissan Skyline which has broken number of records and won many prestigious awards was produced in between the time period of 1969-2002. Later the Japanese auto manufacturer decided to withdraw the Skyline GT-R and introduce its successor the Nissan GT-R which no longer was a part of the Skyline range but was technologically advanced and was powered by a much more powerful powertrain.
I clearly don’t have any idea how many of Indian supercar enthusiasts are fan of these beast but you can surely find the car now at Nissan’s dealership because the Japanese auto manufacturer recently launched the facelift 2017 model here. Nissan showcased the pre-facelift model at the 2016 Auto expo and it gathered plenty of interest afterall this is their flagship sportscar that is offered to the world. Nissan unveiled the 2017 updated model at this year’s New York Auto show in March.
Although the updated car hasn’t received any major change but the subtle updates made to the Godzila surely makes it more attractive and interesting.
Update 02/12/2016:- Nissan has unveiled the 2017 GT-R in India. The prices and the other details has been updated in this article
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Take a look at the updated model and it still retains the typical silhouette that we all are familiar with. The car with its long bonnet and short rear overhang surely looks attractive from every possible angle. What hasn’t changed though are those four round ring shaped taillamps which definitely adds a sense of fear when the car overtakes any other car at night and gives one an idea not to mess with the Godzila.
But coming back straight to the point, the updated GT-R has received gets a slightly redesigned ‘V’ Motion grille finished in matte black. The grille openings is actually slightly bigger now but this has been deliberately done to increase the airflow and which in return will help in cooling the engine better. The front hood now also gets slightly more pronounced character lines, according to the Nissan officials the car’s hood has been redesigned for better straight-line high speed stability. Apart from all these changes the front bumper too has received some updates of its own too.
Towards the side profile everything looks identical to the pre-facelift car but take a closer look and you will realise that the side sills has been extended to air better flow to the rear of the car. The rear profile although has remained completely unchanged but the new car does get an additional titanium exhaust system which is something really interesting added to the sports car but according to Nissan officials the rear profile has been extended at the sides to accelerate air away from the back of the bumper, helping to pull hot gases away and cool the exhausts.
|Width (Without ORVMs)||1895 mm|
Compared to the pre-facelift model the updated model definitely looks even more premium and neat. The reason for calling the interior neat is because now it gets lesser switches on the dashboard. The dashboard now gets covered in high quality double stitched leather; even the instrument cluster area also gets a touch of finest Nappa leather as well. The seats too offers great lateral support and which is definitely needed keeping in mind the fact that this car has the capability to cross 300 km/h mark. In the middle of the dashboard one will find the touchscreen infotainment system which comes integrated with an audio and navigational system furthermore it also provides real time information about some cars vital performance related data’s like oil pressure, boost, various G-force related data and also throttle position.
Unlike some other supercars this actually provides 2+2 seating although the rear seats can be a bit of squeeze. Compared to some other European supercars the interior looks slightly backdated although there are plemnty of technologies inside but still few parts looks a bit old compared to some other modern items inside.
Nissan has always emphasized on the performance and handling of the GT-R, not the aesthetics. It is a really good thing to see, this time they have upgraded the aesthetically but that didn’t restrict the Japanese automaker from tuning the next generation Nissan GT-R’s powertrain for better performance. The 3.8 litre 24 valve twin turbocharged DOHC V6 engine each handcrafted by Nissan’s own Takumi engineer, has been tuned to produce even more power and torque figures for the facelift model. This engine now comes paired to a 6 speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters which send spower directly to the 4 wheels via the all wheel drive system. The powertrain is able to produce about 570 ps peak power at 6800 rpm and around 637 Nm of peak torque in between 3300 – 5800 rpm.
|Engine||3.8 litre 24 valve twin turbocharged DOHC V6|
|Transmission||6 speed dual clutch with paddle shifter|
|Maximum power||570 hp @ 6800 rpm|
|Maximum torque||637 Nm @ 3300 – 5800 rpm|
Nissan has refined the driving and handling quality of the 2017 GT-R. The new GT-R comes with lightweight structure, which means it can achieve better speed in less time, while the car comes with smoother handling with less noise as well. The rigid body frame and an all new suspension set up ensure stability for this car. The forged aluminium wheels come wrapped by 20 inch tyres. The cornering ability has been improved as well.
The Nissan GT-R is now available in the Indian market via the CBU route and it is priced at INR. 1.99 crore (ex showroom Delhi). This is actually quite expensive compared top some of its rivals.
Expect the Audi R8 V10 Plus, which was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 in last February, to be the potential competitor against the upcoming Nissan GT-R. The Audi R8 V10 Plus comes with a whooping price tag of INR. 2.47 crore. It gets power from a 5.2 litre V10 engine paired with a 7 speed S-Tronic transmission kicking out 610 hp peak power at 6500 rpm and the power is sent to all four wheels through a Quattro AWD system. It reaches 0-100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 330 kmph.
Read the Audi R8 V10 Plus review here
The new Nissan GT-R may be not as popular as some of the other supercars from Europe but it surely has all the qualities to compete with some of the toughest and powerful cars of this segment. Powered by a monster of an engine which definitely can perform and keep the owners happy there is no doubt that the updated Godzila will definitely attract those who always wanted to own a Japanese sportscar.