Godzilla, reloaded: Nissan will present the next evolution of the GT-R in New York

2017 Nissan GT-R teaser
The star of the Nissan stand at next week’s New York Auto Show will be the revamped 2017 GT-R. Nissan is whetting our appetite for the reveal by publishing a dark and enigmatic teaser image.

Nissan is keeping tight-lipped, so we don’t know what to expect from the 2017 GT-R, but the fact that it’s shrouded in darkness suggests that it’s safe to expect at least a handful of visual modifications. AutoGuide believes Nissan’s flagship will receive a redesigned front end with trapezoidal air ducts, smaller strips of LED daytime running lights, and a wide rendition of the company’s ubiquitous “V-motion” grille. 2017-specific wheels and a new-look air diffuser will wrap up the subtle facelift.

If history has taught us anything, it’s that a GT-R facelift is usually accompanied by a few minor mechanical tweaks. In its current iteration, Godzilla’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine pumps out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque in its most basic state of tune, and its output is bumped to 600 horses and 481 pound-feet of twist in the Nismo-massaged model. The six’s output is channeled to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The facelift will most likely be the current-gen GT-R’s last. A brand new model is expected to arrive in 2018 at the earliest, packing a plug-in hybrid drivetrain made up of an evolution of the current car’s V6 and a high-capacity battery pack developed jointly by Nissan and Williams F1. Earlier rumors pegged the powertrain’s output at a jaw-dropping 784 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, though we’re taking both figures with a grain of salt until official stats are published.

Nissan’s 2017 GT-R will be presented to the press next week during the New York Auto Show, and Digital Trends Cars will be on location to bring you live images of it as soon as it goes official. Sales will kick off shortly after, and the newest version of Nissan’s flagship will land in showrooms this summer as a 2017 model.

Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.
Cars

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.
Cars

The 8-seat, 3-row 2020 Telluride SUV is the biggest Kia ever

It's fitting that the 2020 Kia Telluride debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, as it was built specifically to meet U.S. buyers' insatiable demand for SUVs. Kia packed the eight-seat cabin with family-friendly tech as well.
Cars

2020 Ford Explorer branches out with sporty ST, efficiency-focused hybrid models

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two variants never before seen on Ford's stalwart family hauler. The ST focuses on performance, while the hybrid aims for decent gas mileage. Both models will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Cars

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.
Cars

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti will unveil the QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language that may point to a future production model.
Cars

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.
Cars

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.
Cars

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.