The current R35 Nissan GT-R may be reaching its eighth year on the market, but a string of methodical technical and aesthetic updates over the years have kept the Godzilla relatively fresh. And it appears a more thorough revamp is still on the cards, judging by these spyshots of a facelifted model being tested in the United States.

Despite the heavy camouflage, a number of changes are apparent, including a more shapely front bumper, new Y-spoke alloy wheels and a more angular rear diffuser section. The adaptive LED headlights with LED positioning lights and the redesigned LED round tail lights seen here were introduced in a previous 2014 model year update.

Of course, updates to the GT-R tend to be on the under-the-skin variety, so the visual tweaks probably barely scratch the surface – although it has to be said that this would be the first proper revision to the car’s looks since the first facelift in 2011.


However, Nissan has hinted at making the current GT-R a more premium, sophisticated and cosseting sports car to live with, now that its considerable performance credibility – culminating in the sensational GT-R Nismo – is beyond reproach.

Programme manager Hiroshi Tamura told Top Gear UK that he still wants “to hit some of the other objectives first” regarding the R35 – specifically in terms of adding creature comforts, including a premium leather interior and high-end sound system – before moving on to developing a successor.

“I want to make the GT-R more premiere. Not just fancy, but real premium. Quality,” he said. “Handling quality, ride and comfort quality, NVH quality, some high quality in the body construction. We still have big opportunities here.”