The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a high-performance version of the Skyline Sedan that was produced between 1969 and 1974 and also between 1989 and 2002. One of the most iconic Nissan vehicles, the Skyline GT-R was successful both on and off the race track. It was first exported into the Australian market and was winning various Australian events such as the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship (knocking over the then defending champion Ford Sierra Cosworth) and the 1991 and 1992 Bathurst Classic.
A track monster straight from Japan, the Australian press began to fondly call the GT-R “Godzilla”. From 1989 to 1993, Godzilla won 29 races from 29 starts and every series title for that period. Moreover, it has collected 50 championships from 50 starts in the N1 Super Taikyu series from 1991 up to 1997, proving that it is worthy of its name.
Although the three generations of Skyline GT-R (the R32, R33 and R34) became a phenomenal hit, its lineage had to end. It had already exhausted all possible wow factors from 1989 until 2002. They were basically made of the same base car “built on the same platform” and came with the same technology and all-wheel drive system.
Basically, it was enough and Nissan had to step up their game. That is why in 2007, Nissan introduced the two-door hand-built supercar successor of the Skyline GT-R – the Nissan GT-R Premium. It made its debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and was later on launched into the U.S. market the year after.
The GT-R is actually not part of the Skyline lineage because it was made from an entirely different platform. In short, it was unique. The GT-R was designed to be “edgier and more aggressive” than its Skyline ancestors thus earning the same nickname “Godzilla”.
It has been a while since the 2007 GT-R had a major facelift, so everyone is excited for the revamped 2017 Nissan GT-R. The newest GT-R was revealed at the 2016 New York Auto Show, causing quite a stir in the automotive world.
The 2017 GT-R has had various interior upgrades including an all new cabin featuring Nappa leather, a revised front seat design, a simplified switch layout, an upgraded infotainment system complete with a larger screen, and a NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Apps and Services. Moreover, it comes with an acoustic glass windshield and “targeted sound dampening” that will function to reduce wind and road noise inside the cabin. Aside from that, it will also feature an Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound that will filter out all the unwanted noise from the outside environment.
There have also been changes in the engine timing as well as an increased turbo boost and a new titanium exhaust system which will help increase power from 545 ponies to a whopping 565 horsepower. How cool is that? Additionally, the 2017 model will come with flatter torque curve to improve acceleration.
All these improvements quite justify the $7,000 price increase of the 2017 GT-R. From the 2007 price of only $77,000, the 2017 GT-R can be bought for $111,585. That is, $109,990 for the actual MSRP plus the destination charge of $1,595.