2007 marked the year Nissan unleashed the GT-R. Since it’s unveiling, Nissan hasn’t let their flagship car go very long without an update. 2017 however, the GT-R gets a meaner face and quite a bit of extra grunt. 20hp more over the 2016 model that puts it right around 565hp.

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Photo: Nissan

To squeeze the extra power out of the twin-turbo 3.8 liter V6, Nissan upped the boost output. On top of this, they added individual ignition-timing control and a redesigned titanium exhaust. To help send the power to the front and rear differentials, Nissan refined its six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This means less noise and smoother shifts.

Among the drive-train updates, the suspension has also been reworked. Nissan claims the GT-R will now be a more comfortable vehicle to take on those long trips. With a smoother ride, acoustic glass windshield, new sound insulation, and Active Noise Cancellation the GT-R is sure to be a bit more relaxed in day to day driving.

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Photo: Nissan

The most notable and recognizable changes are to the front fascia. Godzilla now has sharper lines, V-Motion grille is larger at the front which should allow for better cooling. The side sills are slightly larger as well to maximize airflow. Topping off the major body changes are the functional air vents on each side of the rear bumper. This truly is the most beautiful update the GT-R has gotten yet!

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Photo: Nissan

Nissan decided to keep moving towards a more luxurious interior. The most notable will be the switches, as the previous GT-R had 27, the new model has a mere 11. This is thanks to the new eight-inch capacitive infotainment display, which has integrated the navigation and audio controls into this single unit. Continuing with interior updates, the dash is now a seamless piece of Nappa leather. The front seats have also been made lighter and more comfortable. To top off the major updates , Nissan moved the shift paddles to the steering wheel for easier mid-corner shifts.

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Photo: Nissan
Photo: Nissan
Photo: Nissan

While it seems the GT-R is being toned down from the race inspired Godzilla we all know and love, make no mistake; Godzilla is still the gentleman’s racecar.

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