Revised Nissan GT-R Gets More Bite

Godzilla grows up.

Nissan’s GT-R has been kicking around for nearly ten years now, so naturally it’s time for another facelift.

While it remains instantly recognisable as a GT-R, the changes made to the front and rear of the car keep it looking surprisingly fresh.

A revised grille is the most obvious detail change, brining the supercar in line with the latest Nissan style. That’s flanked by new air intakes that sit vertically under the headlights, encompassing some smaller daytime running lights. An lower spoiler adds some aggression to the front end, while new side skirts follow on from some funky extensions that sit in front of the wheels.

The result is a welcome update that reduces aerodynamic drag without also reducing downforce levels. That should make the car marginally faster, as will an upgrade to the engine – the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 now produces 562bhp, up 20bhp from the outgoing model. A new titanium exhaust, with new vents around the exits at the rear, should allow the car to snarl a little more, too. Should the noise not be quite to your taste, however, Nissan is now fitting the car with Active Sound Enhancement to ‘enhance the driving experience.’

There’s no word on what difference the revised aero pack and power increase will make to performance figures, but expect only modest improvements – with a 0-62mph time of just 2.8 seconds, there’s not a great deal of room left for improvement.

The same can’t be said of the interior, so that gets a makeover too. The entire dashboard has been replaced, with a new touchscreen infotainment unit taking on more functions, reducing the button count from 27 to just 11. Paddle shifters for the dual-clutch six-speed gearbox have now been placed on the steering wheel, rather than the steering column, meaning mid-corner gear shifts are now easier.

All of this will undoubtedly come with a small price increase, but there’s no confirmation just yet as to how much the latest GT-R will cost. Deliveries will start in the autumn.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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