2017 Nissan GT-R Teased Ahead of New York Auto Show Debut
The latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R will be unveiled at the upcoming New York Auto Show and Nissan has dropped a teaser image to whet our appetites. But what can we expect from Godzilla in 2017?
At next week’s New York Auto Show, all eyes will be on the Nissan stand. That’s because the Japanese car giant has dropped a juicy teaser image of a revamped GT-R, which is dark, enigmatic and has us all watching eagerly.
Let’s not forget that Nissan has made making tweaks to the legend that is Godzilla something of a habit and from past experience we can probably expect some slight tuning changes; visual adjustments; and a gain in power.
Nissan is remaining tight-lipped at the moment about what the 2017 GT-R will boast, but the fact that the teaser image is shrouded in darkness implies that visual modifications will definitely be on the list of changes.
Autoguide reckons that the GT-R will sport a redesigned front end, with smaller strips of LED daytime running lights; trapezoidal air ducts; and a bespoke rendition of the firm’s V-motion grille. Updated wheels for 2017 and a brand new diffuser will top off the visual changes.
However, the real focus will be on what Nissan is planning to do with Godzilla’s engine. The current GT-R outputs a whopping 545-horsepower, which increases to 600 in the Nismo version. So it’s safe to say that the 2017 variant will inevitably improve on those numbers, but exactly what remains to be seen.
The R35-generation GT-R has been around for many years now, having made its US debut way back in 2008 and this facelift is likely to be its last before Nissan drops the next-generation on us.
But don’t get too excited as the R36 isn’t expected to arrive until 2018 at the very earliest. When it does land, though, we’ll be in for a hybrid-powered treat because Nissan is going to fit it with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – which incorporates a high-capacity battery pack developed by Nissan and Williams F1 – and is rumoured to produce a staggering 784-horsepower.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show, which starts on March 23.
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