Besides the fresh take from the Nismo brand, Nissan has also unveiled the refreshed GT-R for the 2014 model year, bringing exterior and interior refreshments along side a recalibrated suspension for more sophisticated ride and better road-holding.
As always, we all know that Nissan has made a proud point from the fact that evolution never stops for the Nissan GT-R – as the now iconic sports car brings a refreshed vision of “innovation that excites”.
Let’s start with the part where the fewest updates were made – the interior. Inside the cabin Nissan includes a new pale ivory trim option, while the steering wheel is now trimmed in leather and the part-aniline leather seats are further embellished with stitched accents.
For the exterior, the 2014 Nissan GT-R sports new efficient, high-intensity, multi-LED headlights that feature AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System), which automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the car. Also, at the rear the GT-R’s distinctive four-ring tail light signature now forms coherent circles of illumination and all-round visual appeal is reinforced with the addition of a new body color called Gold Flake Red Pearl (microscopic gold-tinted glass flakes are infused into the red paint, for a definitely cheesy appearance).
Carbon fiber lovers also have now the option to choose a carbon rear wing, which is attached to a carbon trunk lid, giving a weight saving of half compared with the standard trunk lid.
And now we come to the mechanical and chassis upgrades, which are definitely the most important ones on this type of model. First off, the suspension was fine-tuned to reduced load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better stability and more consistent grip. Also, more constant tire contact is achieved by optimized electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, as well as modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush link. This also leads to minute vibrations and road noise reduction, which bring the added benefit of improved straight-line stability, with fewer small steering corrections needed to maintain the correct trajectory during highway driving.
The upgraded GT-R is now fitted as standard with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires, braking calibration has been retuned for a more firm, linear response at everyday speeds and the steering has been fine-tuned to reduce the effort required for in-town maneuvers.