January 27, 2021

Nissan’s Godzilla bound for Australia

Nissan's GT-R is on its way to Australia

The 2017 Nissan GT-R will be arriving on Australian shores in September. The fire-breathing supercar has received extensive enhancements in key areas, including a significantly reinforced chassis and more power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter 24-valve V-6. Nissan says the car is also more refined and comfortable than ever before with a new cabin that is ‘more luxurious and upscale’.

There is upgraded leather trim, and a simplified centre dashboard layout has seen the integrated navigation and audio controls reduced from 27 switches in the previous model to only 11 in the 2017 version. The paddle shifters have now been mounted directly to the newly designed steering wheel rather than the steering column and the navigation system layout has been improved, with the dials now machined from real aluminium alloy and an enlarged 8-inch touch panel monitor features large icons on the display screen that allow the user to easily manage the audio system, navigation system, telephone controls and other infotainment.

The seats have had a makeover too, offering improved comfort and support for a better ride experience.

The GT-R has had a refresh to its exterior too and, Nissan says, nearly all of those visual changes were intended to improve aerodynamic performance; more specifically, enhanced aerodynamic efficiency in three key areas: downforce generation, drag reduction and improved cooling of vital vehicle systems

Under the bonnet, the output for the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine has been increased by 20 hp compared to last year’s model (it now delivers 419kW/560hp at 6800 rpm). There is also a new titanium exhaust system, updated six-speed dual clutch transmission and improved all-wheel-drive.

Nissan says the handling capabilities and athletic performance of the new GT-R has been taken to another level too, thanks to a refined suspension system and a more rigid body structure that results in improved handling and better overall vehicle stability and there is improved noise, vibration and harshness reduction capabilities and standard safety kit including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System.

Other standard safety technologies include Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) stability control system with three driver-selectable modes (Normal, R-Mode, Off), Electronic Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), RearView Monitor, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and automatic on/off headlights.