Nissan has released comprehensive details concerning the latest iteration of Godzilla, the 2017 GT-R.

Unveiled back in March at the New York Auto Show, the 2017 GT-R at a first sight seems to boast merely a subtle nip and tuck to keep the supercar fresh for a couple more years until the all-new R36. However, that’s not actually the case because Nissan says the 2017 model year actually hosts the most significant changes ever made to the car since its inception in the U.S. as a 2009MY.

Work started on the outside where the GT-R received Nissan’s latest take on the “V-Motion” grille which is bigger than before to improve airflow and consequently increase engine cooling. After running numerous tests, the engineers diminished the hood’s deformation as a way to boost the car’s aerodynamic performance at high speeds.

Moreover, all of the changes you see (or don't) on the car serve the purpose of making the GT-R more aerodynamic. That’s why the profile of the front under spoiler has been lowered by a few millimeters and it was also slightly extended compared to what the 2016MY had. The sill covers have also been revised and the C-pillars were redesigned to enable a better airflow management.

Moving at the back, the 2017 GT-R hosts a new silver diffuser and reworked side air vents positioned next to those fat quad exhaust tips. The bumper has been redesigned and is actually derived from the 2015 GT-R NISMO to achieve a more optimized airflow.

Rounding off the exterior tweaks is the fresh 20-inch RAYS forged alloy wheel set which according to Nissan is not only lighter than before, but it also boasts a higher strength and rigidity.

Stepping inside, Nissan has made some changes to the dashboard design that now features a so-called “horizontal flow” to make the cabin feel more upscale. To understand the depth of these changes applied for the 2017MY, the layer of cushioned material beneath the leather is now made from a thinner material to shave off weight while maintaining the same level of quality.

Nissan has simplified the center stack layout by reducing the number of switches from 27 to 11, while the infotainment screen now measures eight inches and it’s more responsive than before. Other novelties introduced with the 2017MY include the revised steering wheel (with shift paddles), multi-function meter, and slightly modified circular air vents that are more efficient than before.

Its heart and soul continues to be the same biturbo 3.8-liter V6 engine, but it now delivers an extra 20 horsepower and 4 pound-feet of torque for a grand total of 565 hp at 6,800 rpm and 467 lb-ft at 3,300 rpm. The extra punch was possible by increasing the boost pressure and installing an ignition-timing system controlled at each of the six cylinders, a technology derived from the GT-R NISMO.

The upgraded V6 engine now works with a quicker and smoother version of the sequential six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Nissan mentions it makes the car more civilized during normal every day driving and should enable the GT-R provide a more refined ride at all times, also helped by the lowered noise, vibration, and harshness levels.

Not only is it more powerful and comfortable than before, but the 2017 GT-R also provides better handling thanks to the optimized suspension and a more rigid body structure. Nissan’s engineers have also updated the Bilstein shock absorbers and made some revisions to the DampTronic system which continues to have Normal, R, and Comfort modes.

We’ll be driving the 2017 Nissan GT-R next week, so watch this space for a full review soon to find out if the above-mentioned changes really do make a difference.

Check out the attached press release for additional information.

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