The 2017 Nissan GT-R: A Refreshed Godzilla

The R35 generation Nissan GT-R is a car that has taken the automotive world by storm in recent years. It's often praised as being one of the biggest performance bargains out there, as it has been shown outperforming cars costing two or three times its price on numerous occasions. The GT-R, since its introduction to public roads in 2008, has embarrassed a wide variety of exotic metal. For around a hundred grand, nothing comes close to the GT-R in terms of sheer speed and cornering ability, which is why it has become so adored in the automotive community. However, one thing this GT-R hasn't received in its near decade-long production run is a major facelift. Sure, special editions such as the GT-R Nismo have shaken things up a bit, and the car has seen small but steady improvements in the engine bay over the years, but last year's model still looked pretty much identical to the original car. Finally, for the 2017 model year, Nissan have announced a facelifted GT-R, and this is it.

This "new" GT-R isn't new in the sense that it's a completely different car, but it has received a number of noticeable tweaks to help it stand out. Still powered by Nissan's 3.8 liter, twin-turbo V6, power has risen to 565 horsepower and 467 lb ft of torque. This power is sent, predictably, to all four wheels through a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. A 0-60 time of under 3 seconds and a top speed upwards of 190 are to be expected from this beast, despite no performance figures being released yet.

This GT-R isn't the first R35 to receive a tune-up for the engine. However, it is the first to feature a new exterior design (excluding the limited-run Nismo version). Compared to the old car, the new GT-R features a wider, more angular front grille, with additional intakes on either side pulling in air to cool the brakes. The front splitter is also extended to provide more grip at the front end. The side skirts have received the same treatment, allowing for better air flow down the car's flanks. The rear end has also been given a new look, creating a more aggressive and daunting shape for onlookers to gawk at.

The biggest improvement to the new GT-R isn't the performance upgrades. It's not the redesigned bodywork either. It's the interior. On past GT-R models, the car's cabin didn't exactly live up to the rest of its high standards. While its looks were intimidating and its performance was ferocious, the interior wasn't anywhere near where a $100,000 car should be. Thankfully, this has been addressed in the 2017 model. The inside of the GT-R has been upgraded with a new dashboard, a simplified center console, a more extensive use of leather, and increased amounts of sound deadening. These changes should help to improve the driving experience, as well as make road trips significantly more comfortable. No pricing has been announced yet, but expect a small increase from where it's at now, as it appears in dealerships later this year.