Nissan GT-R Nismo Edges Ever Closer to $200K
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has gone on sale in the US and comes with stiff performance and an equally stiff price tag to match.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has now officially gone on sale in the US, and with a price tag of $176,585 (USD) – which is around $54,000 more than its slightly less flashy premium sibling – it’s now firmly in the upper end of Porsche 911 and McLaren 570S territory.
In fact, since making its debut in 2008, Godzilla’s price has climbed a whopping 58 percent. Back then, the GT-R (standard version) was a steal at $70,475. Now prices start from $111,585 and even this year’s GT-R Nismo represents a significant hike of $20,000 from its counterpart last year.
Many critics are questioning the GT-R’s higher price, stating that all you’ll get for the extra money is a retuned suspension, some softer leather and a minor nose job.
However, with many of its updates focussing on aerodynamics, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has more downforce that any of its predecessors. In addition, Nissan engineers have made some minor changes to the suspension springs, stabiliser bars and adjustable Bilstein dampers.
Nissan says that the car’s new front-end fascia, with a bigger grille, is, in part, designed to admit more air to cool the engine. Other unique exterior features include a carbon-fibre front and rear bumpers; black outside mirrors with a red stripe and carbon-fibre side sills.
Let’s also not forget that the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is a snarling beast with a hand-built, turbocharged, 3.8-litre V6 pounding out 600-horsepower at its core. All that power is routed through a six-speed sequential gearbox and out to all four wheels for a breakneck launch.
On the inside Godzilla looks a lot more sophisticated. There’s an enlarged 8.0-inch touchscreen; a nappa leather stitched dashboard; lots of faux suede; and a host of Nismo-specific accents.