Its been over a month since I posted, quite disappointed with me as cars are my passion, but I was also focusing on getting grad school apps done and other commitments. Anyways, hopefully I won’t be gone this long again. (By the way, the left is a 2017 GTR and right is a 2015 Black Edition, throughout this post. Interior shot of 2015 might not be black edition).
The 2017 GT-R’s exterior receives a thorough makeover. The new “V-motion” grille, one of Nissan’s latest design signatures, has been slightly enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, featuring pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, has been reinforced to enhance stability during high-speed driving. A freshly designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred racecar, while generating high levels of front downforce.
So following the awesome looking NISMO GTR as well as the 45th anniversary edition GTR; Nissan updated the GTR to follow the current design scheme of its current line up. The new 2017 GTR features updated exterior aesthetics, wheels, redesigned interior with “easier” controls & improved quality, more options such as a titanium-exhaust, and more to come. The 2017 GTR will be released this summer for purchase.
This was a scheduled update, but also very strategic to have a refreshed “new” model to compete with other newly released cars…..ehmm NSX! All in all I’m iffy about the update, but in certain angles it looks awesome and even wider. However, I shouldn’t pout, as a GTR fan I know Nissan always releases specials/updates of the GTR. The R35 has received a 2011 refresh, 2015 re-update, GTR Spec-V model, Black Edition, Nismo/Nismo N edition, 45th Anniversary, and now 2017 refresh. (I think I’m forgetting one or two).
Anyways, do guys like it? Should they have made a limited manual trans model? With the NSX being all-wheel drive and termed as an everyday car too, will it take away GTR sales? Will a price increase be necessary?
Looks like yet again there is a delay to the long awaited Meta-Godzilla. Last minute changes in the engine placement under the bonnet–according to online sources–are the root cause. Honda most likely started this design change months ago and chose to release this decision during the months where favorable weather for driving the car is beginning to decline. I knew a delay would come, given the lack of information about the drivetrain and testing being done throughout the U.S.A. summer months (Acura version). I guess another year till the NSX. Imagine how much more R&D moola has to be spent to change all the document designs, part numbers, piping, etc. I feel sorry for those engineers whenever corporate calls them.
Anyways this might be old news for some but, just imagine if you could get your hands on the original engine design. That would be worth a pretty penny in a couple of years!! Will the Acura version still be considered Japanese? Its being built in the U.S., so I don’t know how I feel about that. There’s something about Japanese dedication and craftsmanship that gives me confidence when purchasing a car that’s made in Japan. I’m I right?!? 😦