GTR R35.17

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).

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?

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Manually Getting There.

So I composed a list for North American car manufacturers offering a manual transmission in their line up. I found a lot of interesting things when searching through different car web pages, especially gaudy flair.

The Alfa Romeo webpage was by far the most confusing of them all. I tried to get a simple spec sheet that took me more than 6 minutes to find, I should have been paid for fanyarin’ that kazi. Porsche also has too many options for their cars that they fail in giving a clean webpage to properly choose and differentiate between the options. Honestly, if you are getting a brand new Porsche, find a dealership and let them help you with those choices. The easiest page was Scion, nothing flashy and quite simple to understand and build my car.

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Few surprises were with Audi only having manuals for its A4, A5, and R8 lines, this includes S models. They had the easiest and cleanest web configuration when building a car out of the other luxury brand vehicles. Volkswagen also shares parts with the A3 through the A6 models, so I was surprised that the A3 didn’t have a manual transmission standard/option, yet all Volkswagen’s do. With the release of the new Lamborghini Huracan I won’t be surprised if the new R8 V10 loses the manual option too.

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The three Japanese luxury brands have essentially phased out all manual transmissions in their line up. I know Acura is now officially overseen by U.S. management as of the beginning of this year, so I’m not sure if the ILX will even remain a manual. Infiniti hasn’t released its official Q60 coupe since it shares engines with the Fairlady Z and Lexus decided the IS models don’t need manuals anymore.

For the American brands, Ford had options on almost all their sedans and coupes besides the Taurus. Chevrolet and Dodge also had a great line-up for a manual transmission package on their cars. As for  luxury U.S. cars, Buick and Cadillac had at least one or two options performance cars with manual options.

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Lotus, Porsche, and Subaru were my all time favorites. They still offer manuals as standard and their line-up’s were amazing. The BMW range disappoints me, it looks like they are slowly trying to let go of the manual. However I’m glad the M6 and M5 still have that option available.

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