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The covers have been pulled off the new, facelifted 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo – the high-performance version of the already monstrous Godzilla receives little in the way of mechanical alterations, but has instead been given a thorough cosmetic makeover to match the standard model.

At the front, the revised, larger V-motion grille sits front and centre, pooling more air without sacrificing aerodynamic performance, while new canards add downforce and also direct air around the wheelhouses to improve aero efficiency. Quad round tail pipes also replace the oval units of the previous model. Overall, the new shape produces more downforce than any other Nissan model to date.

Inside, there’s the completely revised dashboard from the standard facelift, with a new wraparound design for a more cockpit-like feel. On the Nismo, the dashboard, steering wheel and centre armrest have all been wrapped in Alcantara, while leather-wrapped Recaro carbon fibre bucket seats have been carried over from the previous car.

A new infotainment system with an eight-inch capacitative touchscreen – integrated navigation and audio controls reduce the button count from 27 on the previous model to just 11, while a new Display Command knob on the redesigned carbon fibre transmission tunnel make controlling the system even easier.

Under the skin, the standard GT-R facelift’s stiffer bodyshell has enabled engineers to refine the Nismo’s dampers, springs and anti-roll bar, improving the handling still further – contributing to a near 2% improvement in both slalom times and cornering performance over the previous model. As before, the Bilstein DampTronic system get Nismo-specific dampers that transmits power more effectively to the road.

That power is unchanged from before – still breathing through GT3-spec high-flow, large-diameter twin turbochargers, the 3.8 litre VR38DETT V6 develops 600 PS at 6,800 rpm and 652 Nm from 3,600 to 5,600 rpm, sent through all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.