NEW YORK â Reading the press release of the refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R, I was shocked to find words like “elegance,” “civility” and “smoother” splashed across its pages. That’s because I would have never used those words to describe the previous GT-Rs.
The deeper I dug, I started to wonder, “Has Nissan finally fixed Godzilla?”
Simply put, until this point, Godzilla (the nickname of the GT-R) has been always been brutal. Both in its speed and also in the way it treated its occupants. Yes, it’s as fast â if not faster â than an Italian supercar for half the money. However, that relative low price came at, well, a price.
That’s because, along with a 0 to 60 mph time of around 2.8 seconds, drivers were overwhelmed with road noise loud enough to deafen deafen Dave Grohl and a ride so cruel on your spine that, after a day-long drive, you’d walk away looking like you had scoliosis.
If Nissan is to be believed, the 2017 GT-R might not suffer from any of those ailments.
Along with a new front end and a new rear end accented in the middle with new side sills and 20-inch wheels, the 2017 GT-R looks wider and more aggressive than ever before. That’s not all to exciting, though. Nor is the stuff under the hood, either, if I am honest.
The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 now produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque â up 20 horses and 6 torques over the 2016. Apparently it sounds better, too, thanks to a new lightweight titanium exhaust. Those figures don’t really have my heart thumping, though.
What has me sitting up straight and paying attention, however, is the new interior. It now features a single piece of hand-stitched Napa leather across the new dashboard. That new dash now has an 8-inch touchscreen, fewer buttons (down to 11 from 27) and a new steering wheel that has the transmission paddle shifters attached directly to it instead of awkwardly behind it.
Moreover, the cabin is supposedly not only quieter but also the most comfortable the GT-R has ever been. That’s thanks to a lot of active noise cancelation as well as sound absorption materials. Not only that, Nissan says the seats are lighter and more comfortable.
Of course, I’ll have to verify all these wondrous claims with my own eyes, ears and rear-end when I’m allowed to drive it this summer. However, these declarations are promising and also gratifying. That’s because I’ve long been one of the few writers to be critical of the GT-R and its uncouth nature. And it seems that Nissan finally listened.
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