More civilised, more powerful Godzilla hits New York
Godzilla has had its most significant facelift to-date, boasting more power, new looks and a revamped interior.
New Yorkers had a shock this week as Godzilla returned to town. Luckily, it wasn’t the marauding sea monster that caused chaos back in the 50s, but Nissan’s latest (and probably greatest) iteration of its legendary GT-R.
And the latest instalment in Nissan’s flagship GT-R series features more revisions than ever, boasting a new face, a new interior and, of course, more power.
Unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week, the latest GT-R has had more cosmetic changes than any of its predecessors since the R35 model was released back in 2007.
The first thing you’ll notice at the front is a new, bigger matte chrome finish “V-motion” grille, similar to the one found on the Qashqai and Juke, which is designed to increase engine cooling.
Then there’s the more pronounced front spoiler, which juts out more than previous versions, as well as extra ridges in the bonnet for stability; and new aero styling in the front bumper and under the headlights.
The rear end has also been revised, with the most noticeable change being the higher black ‘belt line’, which makes the car look wider and even more aggressive from behind than previous models.
However, it’s on the inside that Godzilla has had the biggest makeover and that’s likely because Nissan has listened to its fans and given them the luxury they wanted. Okay, so while it’s not Rolls-Royce standard, the new GT-R does sport an entirely new dash and instrument cluster.
Furthermore, the whole inside is beautifully covered with soft-touch cow skin and features increased sound deadening throughout.
It’s now easy to understand why Nissan used words like “elegance,” “civility” and “smoother” in its press release for the new GT-R.
Last, but certainly not least, the new GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine has been reworked to produce 565-horsepower (up 20 horses from the previous version) and it apparently sounds better, too, thanks to a new lightweight titanium exhaust.
At the moment, though, Nissan hasn’t released any performance figures, but given that the power increase is only modest, we can’t expect too much.
What do you think? Has Nissan hit the nail on the head this time around?
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