We have been hearing a lot about new 2016 Nissan GT-R R36 and its supercharged hybrid powertrain but it seems that Japanese first and foremost plan on updating their first generation R35 model. 2016 Nissan GT-R will thus be slightly changed design-wise, but shouldn’t offer any changes in powertrain department.
This means that all models, base and Nismo will keep their 3.8L V6 twin-turbocharged engine which gives 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque in base and around 600 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque in Nismo form. All-wheel drive form and dual-clutch 6-speed transmission with three driver-selectable modes will be offered again. Besides specially tuned engine, Nismo models will also get special suspension for more grip on the road.
Design – Changes and Improvements
Nissan’s flagship sportscar already looks stunning even though it features the same look for years now. 2016 Nissan GT-R will be slightly more modern and should receive a new, more aggressive front-end fascia with sharper headlights. Some air inlets on the sides are also possible and so are new wheels, while Nismo models should get their black 20″ super-lightweight RAYS forged-alloy wheels carried over. Spoiler out back will also be revised, while the double circular tail-lights don’t require any attention at all.
Interior changes most likely won’t be as extensive as those done on GT-R’s exterior. Some new colors might present themselves, but those will most likely be in minor details like stitches. Curved dash and angular instrument panel seem like a good match, but new model will get a slightly lowered center stack for a more flowing movement.
Leather seats with suede inserts or sport Recaro leather seats in red are the options in base versions, while Nismo lineup gets black Recaro seats with red stitches. Interior of a cabin is trimmed with carbon fiber and aluminum accents and this won’t change anytime soon. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are just a hint of the luxurious interior.
7-inch touch screen monitor comes with standard navigation, hard drive and voice recognition. Bluetooth technology is also present, and so are the rest of connectivity features. There are a total of 11 speakers made by Bose and even DVD playback is made available. GT-R’s stability control has several modes which ensure safety in both cruising and track driving. There are also dual front airbags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental bags, plus a standard rearview camera as well, which pretty much round the things up as far as safety is concerned.
2016 Nissan GT-R MPG and Price
Regardless of the line or performance, all models are rated at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Starting price will remain in the $102,000 region, while Nismo models won’t be available below $150,000. Of course, heavy foot when choosing upgrades is not advised as prices might soar even higher.
2016 Nissan GT-R is a superb sports car with supercar’s performance which comes at prices two or even three times lower than those of its competitors. It has good flowing design and luxurious interior with plenty of available features and you just can’t go wrong with it if a roadster is what you crave for.