At the end of the 2014 Godzilla movie directed by Gareth Edwards, Godzilla slays all, let's out one triumphant roar, and then crawls back into the ocean to rest and be presumably awakened to kick ass later.
Nissan's own Godzilla, the R35 GT-R hasn't had as triumphant of a run, or ending. Unveiled in 2007 and launched in 2008, the car was revolutionary. JDM and automotive fans alike were clamoring for the car to release and they were not disappointed. It featured an innovative launch control system, AWD, a twin turbo V6 engine with 470+ horses and 430+ ft-lbs of torque, a rear mounted DCT and the graphics on the interior computers were provided by the people behind Gran Turismo. It indeed roared onto the scene and decimated all it’s competitors.
But times have changed. It's a new day and technology has caught up with the GT-R. Granted it's still no slouch with the top trim putting out 600hp and 481 ft-lbs of torque. While the numbers look great, the platform itself is still almost a decade old. At $150k, the cost of Nissan’s supercar is certainly up from its modest $69k price when introduced as the everyman's supercar. Godzilla is becoming long in the tooth. Our editor Juan put it into words saying.
“It's the year of competition. Cars like the nsx, stand to put the GTR in it's place, the RS stands to put the STI to shame, the ford GT is taking a stab at Italy’s finest. It'd be wise of Nissan to take the time to finally give the GT-R a long needed upgrade, before the competition has time to catch up and steal the hearts of their future customers. It's been around since 07. They've had over 10 years to come up with a new body and design improvements on top of the tiny ones they've been making as well as some tech upgrades to bring it back up to spec.”
The good people at Nissan want to give the current R35 platform one last hurrah before it goes out. On March 23rd Nissan will unveil a face lift to the R35. It's speculated to feature the company's new “v-motion grille" as well as side skirts, new wheels, and some rear bits. I for one always liked how the GT-R had its own look apart from other Nissan's. Giving it the company standard grille might sort of dilute the car. Granted I find the V grille to be unattractive, bulky, and un-sporty.
To see what the new GT-R looks like and if theres any performance upgrades check out Nissan at the NY auto show.