Nissan planning to facelift the GT-R


Nissan has released a very subtle looking teaser for its updated GT-R, which will be revealed at the 2016 New York Auto Show in April. Aside from giving us a peek at the new rear tail lights, the teaser doesn’t really give us any other hints as to what else has changed with the GT-R, but there’s a few spy photos which give a bit more away. Put simply, Godzilla’s facelift looks to be quite mild.


This week a camouflaged 2016 Nissan GT-R was spotted on California’s winding canyon roads, and while the camo does its best to hide the details, we can see the GT-R’s new front fascia. The upper intake looks a bit slimmer, while the lower grille is larger and deeper. It’s hard to tell of course, but it also looks a little bit like Nissan has tweaked the front fender vent, extending it about the GT-R badge, but that could be a trick of the light.


Around the back, the only change we can see is are the vents on the sill behind rear wheels. There probably aren’t going to be any huge changes in the cabin either, perhaps with some new trim options or subtle updates to the dash cluster or computer display.


You can also expect that Nissan will make some changes to the engine, to help the ageing GT-R keep up with more recent competitors, as you can see by the Chevrolet Corvette it is being benchmarked against.

Expect to hear more next week when it goes on display in New York.

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Sean has loved cars his entire life. At 21 he launched the popular 80’s Falcon forum, then at 24 created, one of the most popular Top Gear fansites in the world.


  1. “Godzilla’s facelift looks to be quite mild” that’s a kind way to say ‘non existent’. Why do prototypes have that camo? It just draws a lot of attention to it which is what isn’t supposed to happen. Car makers need to take a leaf out of Jag’s book and dress their cars as vans.

    Also, am I the only one completely fed up of the GTR?