Nissan is giving the GT-R supercar the biggest design and engineering overhaul since its U.S. debut in 2008, making it simultaneously more threatening and more refined.
Brute muscle in a small car is what the GT-R was all about when it arrived in the U.S. market.
Now, Nissan has upped the brute factor -- taking what fans refer to as “Godzilla” from 545 hp to 565 hp for 2017, the company revealed today in unveiling it at the New York Auto Show.
But at the same time, the new GT-R will be quieter around town, with smoother-shifting gears as it circles the shopping mall or commutes to work. And it features a more elegant cockpit, with refined leather and a simplified instrument panel with fewer buttons and switches.
“We’re trying to give Godzilla a little bit of manners,” says Bob Munson, Nissan North America’s product planning senior manager for the GT-R, 370Z, Nismo performance and electric Leaf programs.
The 2017 GT-R comes with a new selector setting that allows the driver to shut off one of the car’s two exhaust pipes below 3,000 rpm, dampening engine roar to avoid disturbing the neighborhood.
The car’s dual-clutch, six-speed transmission has been re-engineered to reduce the torque in lower gears, says Steven Tsai, senior product planner for the car. As a result, there is a less noticeable jolt of torque as the car shifts into higher gear he says.