In 2007, when Nissan first introduced the R35 Nissan GT-R at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, the car carried with intense power and a price tag of $78,000. Up to this day, such a price tag would leave car enthusiasts and collectors at a loss. However, for the power and perks that this car brings along, many will agree that its price tag is worth it.
Just recently, Nissan introduced to the world the newest successor of the Godzilla bloodline and its flagship GT-R, the 2017 GT-R Nismo. Just like its predecessors and the version before it, this year’s GT-R Nismo will carry with it a price tag for the gods.
The 2017 GT-R Nismo comes with a starting price of $174,990, which is a $25,000 increase from the 2016 GT-R Nismo’s price tag. Albeit its price tag, Nissan assures that it will still be an attractive proposition because the GT-R Nismo comes with a couple of updates which will entice the customers to avail one. And earlier this year, Nissan gave the standard GT-R updates and some standard facelifts. And guess what? The same updates will also be given to the new GT-R Nismo. Basically, the GT-R Nismo will receive a modern day facelift, a modernization that has been overdue for Nissan’s performance flagship.
Carbon fiber will be dominating the scene for the GT-R Nismo. The interior and exterior revisions were not only done for its aesthetic purposes but also for increased functionality. Just like the standard GT-R, the GT-R Nismo will receive new front and rear styling which includes a carbon fiber rear spoiler, red-accented carbon fiber ground effects for added kick, and a broader and more aggressive front grille. The larger V-Motion front grille allows the supercar to collect more air while the reinforcements on the hood help avoid deformation at high speeds.
Inside, the center console has been decluttered which means that the number of center-stack buttons that used to be 27 in total has now been reduced to only 11. A new and larger 8.0-inch touchscreen has also been installed with a switch touch screen interface and operated on the console-mounted control knob. It also comes with a set of exclusive leather-upholstered Recaro seats featuring microsuede inserts. The same miscrosuede adorns the dash which comes with a multi-functioning Nismo Alcantara steering wheel.
Although power has been increased on the 3.8-liter V6 of the standard GT-R, it does not apply to the GT-R Nismo. The latter will still run with its usual 600 horses and 481 lb.-ft. of torque but may accelerate faster thanks to its upgraded chassis. An additional chassis bracing has been installed on the GT-R Nismo to improve stability and corner speeds while a newer and larger front splitter help give a slight increase in the front and rear aerodynamic downforce. Additionally, it comes with revised shock absorbers as well as adjustable Bilstein dampers. All these upgrades are meant to increase the GT-R Nismo’s speed even before an “N-Attack” package is installed.
To keep up with its modern yet sophisticated theme, buyers of the 2017 GT-R Nismo will have a choice from four (4) exterior colors – Solid Red, Jet Black, Super Silver and Pearl White. But to get the Super Silver and Pearl White paintjobs, customers must pay an extra $3,000 for the former and $1,000 for the latter. Judging from the price tags on these colors, it must be a good investment to make the car look even better than it already is.
Compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is already a good bargain for many. The former is priced at less than $190,000 but the refinements that have been done on the GT-R Nismo have proved it a worthy and even a formidable competitor of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo will go on sale before the end of the year. We just can’t wait for this automotive kaijū to dominate the streets and racetracks.