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This is the new 2024 Nissan GT-R

Nissan gives Godzilla a few mild updates, still Earth-shatteringly quick

Published: 13 Jan 2023

The Nissan GT-R has long since departed European shores, but its life of harassing supercars continues in other territories. Including its home turf. Nissan has revealed the Japanese version of the ‘new’ GT-R, and this is it.

Though, that phrase comes loaded with a pretty heavy caveat. It’s obviously not new new, but a refresh of the game-changing R35. First thing you’ll likely notice is the completely new front – a new grille that does away with the R35’s classic ‘V’ shaped nose, and a new lower bumper design and different fog lights.

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The rear retains the quad-exhaust setup but gains a new bumper design too, depending on the model… and there are now eight to choose from, including the return of T-spec. There’s 'Pure', 'Black', 'Premium', 'Premium T-spec', 'Track engineered by Nismo', that again plus T-Spec, and a pair of proper Nismo editions.

All cars still feature that big hulk of a lump, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo VR38DETT that’s been honed and perfected over 15 years. Output remains the same as before, though you’d be hard pushed to call it ‘underpowered’. The ‘regular’ GT-Rs get an unchanged 562bhp, while the two Nismo cars get the same 592bhp as before. Same gearbox. Same 4WD setup. Same gut-busting acceleration and performance.

Now though, all cars feature better aerodynamics, says Nissan, along with a more “refined ride quality”, and we’re told the noise and vibration levels have been reduced to better occupant comfort. The GT-R Premium edition T-Spec cars come with “specially set suspension” and carbon brakes.

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And the Nismo goes full Motorsport. There’s a mechanical limited slip diff on the front final drive, better aero and ‘suspension tuning’ to make it – in Nissan’s words – “the highest-performance GT-R ever”. Inside it gets black Recaro buckets, while the absolute peak of GT-R trim, the 'Nismo Special edition', gets all this along with proper weight-balanced engine parts (like piston rings, connecting rods, crankshaft) and a clear-coated carbon bonnet with NACA ducts.

“Fronted with a new grille design, cutting-edge technologies and craftsmanship, the new models are the pinnacle of the GT-R R35,” says Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta. They’ll go on sale in Japan later this summer. Reckon those ‘comfort’-orientated tweaks have made it good enough to pass Euro noise regs and reappear on our shores? Watch this space…

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