The Nissan GT-R is one of the most iconic Japanese cars ever made and it is certainly one of the fastest cars in the World. It has quite a long history, first being just a high performance model of the Skyline and later a fully fledged model. The newest 2017 Nissan GT-R has just been launched with a few upgrades over the 2015 model but unfortunately the car is in desperate need of a refresh, especially since it was released back in 2007 and since then it only received a few updates and nothing too special.

2017 Nissan GT-R Release Date and Price

The 2017 model is the best one yet and just like before it still is available as a normal model or with the Nismo badge. In this case it gets more power, a more aggressive suspension system as well as a few exterior changes, all meant to make the car go faster around a track. While it has already been released, the new GT-R is not available for sale just yet. In fact, it will start selling at the end of the summer when it will hit the market for around $100,000 for the base model and more than $150,000 for the Nismo version.
2017 Nissan GT-R front

Engine

Engine wise, the 2017 Nissan GT-R carries the same engine as before, a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which has been under development for the last 10 years. The engine in this model is capable of 550 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough to get it to 60 MPH in around 3 seconds and up to a maximum top speed of over 186 MPH. The best part about this engine though is the fact that it is one of the most tunable platforms ever made and it can be tuned to provide well over 1000 horsepower with ease.

The Nismo version on the other hand makes use of the same engine, but this time with 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque which is enough, according to Nissan, to get the car to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds and up to a maximum top speed of 191 MPH which is limited by the engine’s red-line. The gearbox is a 6 speed dual-clutch automatic which is mounted in the back of the car in order to make it as balanced as possible and thanks to that the car offers a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The 2018 model of the car is expected to get a further refined version of this engine with an electric motor attached to it, upgrade which could allow it to provide more than 700 horsepower from the factory.

2017 Nissan GT-R Exterior

2017 Nissan GT-R back

2017 Nissan GT-R back

On the outside the 2016 Nissan GT-R has been slightly updated in order to provide a more balanced look. The car now comes with new 20 inch Rays wheels with 20 spokes which are forged in order to be light and strong. The tires are the same as before and just like before they are filled with Nitrogen. The headlights received a small tweak while the back only received a Formula1-inspired light on the diffuser which is helpful during heavy rain as it makes the car more visible to those behind it.

Interior

2017 Nissan GT-R interior

2017 Nissan GT-R interior

Inside the cabin on the other hand the new GT-R is pretty much identical to the 2007 model with only a few upgrades which were made over the years. The 2016 model does not bring anything special into the mix meaning the car still does not have a proper phone pairing system and it does rely on an old Bluetooth connection which is not that great. On top of that the design is starting to get old and the once-great central screen is not as cool as it used to be.