Nissan has announced the release of their updated 2016 Nissan GT-R coupe vehicle which is scheduled to make a comeback as an updated version this year. The new update is already available in Japan as the model has already been released in the home country of the model, but has yet to show itself in the US. Not to worry, it is coming soon as the release date is scheduled for just a month or two from now.
Nissan produced its first high performance car in 1969 and it was the first generation of the Skyline GT-R. It was first a four-door sedan car but it quickly transformed into a coupe and was notorious for its street racing and performance pedigree. The R32 was also the first model which made an impact on the foreign markets while R33 and R34 only made it better and enhanced the popularity of the GT-R aboard. But the modern version of the car we have learn to love came in 2007 and it was only five years after Nissan decided to separate the GT-R from the Skyline, making them two independent models. There has been an 8-year ling stint for the GT-R to receive the hybrid powertrain but it did benefit with a number of updates there. This latest and newest one is going to bring a long coveted range of additions that are going to be introduced to the model.
The bad news is that there is not going to be a significant updated in regarding the powertrain as many have wanted to receive. The 3.8-liter, V-6 engine is still going to be used here and transfers to the 2016 model still, but the good news is that some suspension enhancements have been made which counterbalances the lack of the engine update. This results in a reliable and stable race car which anyone would love to have.
Although the release date is still being awaited upon the pricing for the 2016 Nissan GT-R has been made available for the US market and we discuss all about it here in this review, so read on.
2016 Nissan GT-R exterior
The exterior of the 2016 Nissan GT-R has not gone through any dramatic sort of changes which would see it enhance its physical appearance in a grand manner. The aim for this vehicle was to enhance the performance rates and thus the suspension upgrades were something that they discussed primarily about. But as this is an update there are a few tweaks here and there that have happened. Something that is more noticeable is the headlamp design up front as the vehicle has new ones now while the back side of the car has a horizontal light placed at the diffuser part. Surprisingly enough, there were not any major changes made to the aerodynamics of the car.
We would have expected more from this refresh and actually anticipated at least a new array of colors added, but this did not make it to the design for the car. The model also gained new twin-spoke Rays wheel design in a Hyper Blue Black chrome finish which is only available for the Premium trim. Other available trims include the Track Edition trim, which add some drivetrain parts which have been designed by Nismo and aluminum wheels on the outside with a few other upgrades as well.
The interior of the 2016 Nissan GT-R is going to be mostly carried over as well. As the parts and the design of the cabin is going to be kept pretty much the same with not much actual changes happening on the inside, the only novelty is that the cabin is going to be a lot less quiet than before. The vibrations are much lesser thanks to a smaller tank which makes a lot less vibrations than before and is also bolstered with a new tank carpet which helps as well.
All of this is mostly made possible with the revised drivetrain management system that also has the redesigned flywheel housing bearings. Riding in this car is now much bearable and much appropriate as you will enjoy every second of it. The revised suspension system does wonders and you can use the GT-R now for your daily trips and enjoy the ride every day.
The novelties under the hood of the 2016 Nissan GT-R still do not mean an engine change, but there are a lot of updates that are going to make the fans happy though, The car sticks with the twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that is going to be revised and updated for a better performance. With a transmission management systems, a retuned engine and revised flywheel housing bearings the vehicle is capable of making 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque even with the same six-speed, DCT. This is a great upgrade for the car and shows us that the 2016 update has succeeded in what it managed to do.
The car is more than fast with its acceleration rates that allow it to reach 0-60 mph in exactly 3 seconds and making a top speed of 193 mph. The fuel efficiency is still the same as the EPA rates for the car are 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Price and release date
The 2016 Nissan GT-R is already available in Japan as it made its debut last year. The release date is expected in a month or two for the US market as the GT-R will surely cross the pond and make its way to the American soil once more. The pricings have been released quite recently which further indicates that the car is coming to this market. The base MSRP price is around $80,500 for the initial model while the Premium is priced $101,770 USD, the GT-R Black Edition is $111,510 USD and the GT-R NISMO has a price tag of $149,990 USD.