Godzilla’s annual workout programme has been swapped for a course in hospitality, if news this week for Nissan’s GT-R hero is anything to go by.
Years past have seen Nissan focus on the GT-R’s power and track-eating abilities, but changes for the 2015 model year promise a new level of comfort and refinement.
When the refreshed GT-R lands in Australia early next year, it will declare the same 404kW/628Nm twin-turbo V6 it’s been bringing in for the past few, but there’s now more of a ‘road & track’ focus.
“The GT-R continues its legacy as the ultimate ‘GT’ (Grand Tourer), armed with a comfortable ride, a high level of refinement and benchmark fit and finish; while its world-class high performance embodies the ‘R’ in its name (Racing technology),” the carmaker says.
Among the upgrades are improved damper rates and ECU settings for greater cornering stability, but, perhaps more importantly for some, those tweaks also promise to deliver greater control and comfort on surfaces not designed to a “baby’s bottom” rule.
It’s ‘fine details’ all the way for 2015, with other changes including reduced vibration in the transaxle and driveshaft, improved stability through modified tyres, better braking feel and noise through a new shim structure between the brake pads and pistons, revised steering damping for reduced vibration, and new materials in the boot for greater sound insulation.
Changes on the styling front are even more subtle, limited for the most part to RAYS double-spoke aluminium-alloy wheels in a ‘Hyper Blue Black’ chrome finish for Australian-delivered models.
The ‘Track’ edition is now also a permanent member of the family, sitting at the top of the range (or at least until the GT-R Nismo arrives).