Future Models - Nissan 2017 GT-R
New York show: Nissan’s next GT-R teased
See you again: After almost seven years on the local market, the updates to the 2017 R35 GT-R could be the last we see for Nissan’s ageing supercar before it is replaced with a new-generation R36 in the near future.
Nissan is teasing an updated form of its current GT-R supercar for New York
17 March 2016
JAPANESE car-maker Nissan is teasing a new version – either a slight facelift
or special edition – of its current-generation R35 GT-R supercar ahead of a
full reveal at next week’s New York motor show.
While the single image shows the GT-Rs unmistakably plump rear end and iconic
circular tail-lights shrouded in darkness, a curvy spoiler can also be spotted
– likely ruling out a Big Apple debut for an updated Nismo or track special
Godzilla, which have employed more angular, fixed carbon-fibre rear-wings in
With the ageing GT-R due to be superseded with a new-generation Nissan
supercar, previewed in video game form as the bonkers Concept 2020 Vision Gran
Turismo from mid-2014, this New York show reveal could represent the final form
of the R35 iteration.
Although nothing else is known about the car, Nissan has been slowing tweaking
the GT-R with yearly updates since its Australian launch in 2009, boosting
power, raising comfort levels and updating technology.
At launch, the GT-R’s VR38 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 produced 357kW of
power and 588Nm of torque, enough to propel the 1748kg supercar from zero to
100km/h in about three and a half seconds.
In 2011, Nissan brought in light styling changes to the front fascia as well as
revised engine mapping, tweaks to the valve timing and a freer flowing exhaust,
bumping power and torque up to 390kW/612Nm and dropping the 0-100km/h sprint
time to 3.0 seconds.
The following year saw power jump to 404kW/628Nm and the 0-100km/h run reduced
to an absurd 2.8 seconds, as well as changes to suspension settings for
improved handling and last year’s updates brought in new damper and steering
settings to increase road comfort, as well as better performing brakes and
reductions to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
Although increases in power and performance are possible for next year’s model,
it is unlikely Nissan will push the ageing hardware further. The new GT-R will
likely gain increases in refinement and new technologies.
Rumours are also circulating that Nissan could introduce its next-generation
powertrain, possibly a version of the petrol-electric hybrid V6 unit used in
last year’s GT-R LM Nismo Le Mans racecar, to keep the current GT-R package
competitive against high-performing rivals including the perennial Porsche 911
Turbo and recently released Ferrari 488 GTB.
Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, the current GT-R kicks off at
$172,000, before on-road costs, for the Premium, the mid-spec Premium Luxury is
$177,000 and the range-topping Black Edition is $182,500.
Interest in Nissan’s seven year-old GT-R is slowing, with only one sold in
February this year, bringing the yearly total to six. Last year, Nissan sold a
total of 68 GT-Rs, which – while representing a 21.4 per cent increase from the
56 sold in 2014 – is a sharp decline from the 238 units it sold in the
introductory year of 2009.