New Nissan GT-R Roared To Life
With more power, new looks and a different interior, Godzilla has had its most significant facelift yet! and we are in love all over again.
Nissan’s latest revision of its superlatively quick flagship is the most extensive yet. There’s a new face, interior, and more power. Obviously.
Did you notice the swollen, contrast-coloured side sills. They direct airflow more efficiently than before, while at the rear, the black ‘belt line’ has risen further up, to the full Simon Cowell. Why? It tricks your eyes into perceiving a wider, more aggressive look to go with the more sculpted bum-based bodywork.
The GT-R has always been a brutal-looking thing. A brutal-looking thing that can bend physics and simultaneously pulverize your organs, admittedly. But the latest facelift makes its stying more resolved than before. And, to our eyes, harks back to the original GT-R concept more than any other R35 to date.
But where the GT-R has always struggled compared to its German counterparts is on the inside. Luckily, those clever people at Nissan have listened and been hard at work giving the four-seat, front-engined machine some new innards.
Given the look of some of the plastics on display, we’re not talking Rolls-Royce luxury, but there’s an entirely new dashboard and instrument cluster. The whole thing is covered in soft-touch cow skin with increased sound deadening throughout the cabin, all to give the GT-R some proper ‘GT’ qualities to warrant the silver letters of its badge.
Dominating the cabin is a new stylish leather-bound steering wheel. But where the paddles for the whip-crack six-speed dual-clutch transmission used to be mounted to the dash, they’re now fixed just behind the wheel. This allows your hands to stay firmly on the wheel when in need of grabbing another gear while playing the hero on track. The gearbox is also, apparently, smoother and less noisy than before.
The primary focus for this facelift was on the cosmetic side, but predictably, the engineers found a little time to fiddle with the oily bits too.
Thanks to a reworking of the twin-turbo V6 that’s attached to that brutally effective four-wheel-drive system, the engine now delivers 562bhp at 6,800 rpm, and 469lb ft of torque. Those are respective rises of 20bhp and, um, 3lb ft.
Performance figures haven’t been announced, but given it’s only a small bump in oomph, we’re not expecting much time to be shaved off the current 2.8 second 0-62 time. Your neck will still hurt if you try to replicate it often enough, though.
According to its makers, the GT-R’s unmistakable yelp under acceleration has “never sounded better.” This is partially thanks to a new titanium exhaust and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) valves that open to allow those bazooka quad exit exhaust pipes to scream freely. That should keep the YouTube cold-start collectors happy.
Unfortunately there’s no news on pricing yet, but expect it to climb a little from its current £78,000 start point. But point-to-point the GT-R has always been one of the fastest cars in the world, and it ought to remain fiendishly good value for money.