2017 Nissan GT-R Release Date, Review and Info

Although getting a bit up in years especially in the lower levels of refinement, the new 2017 Nissan GT-R still holds plenty of appeal, and easy-to-drive nature. Its appeal is however manifested through its stupefying acceleration, and top handling limits. Its date of release should be expected sometime in February 2017.

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You won’t find any other vehicle in the segment that embodies the concept of maximizing bang for your buck more than the GT-R. This is especially true if you are viewing it in terms of supercar performance. It has continued to offer distinguished leadership whether on the track or during normal highway cruising ever since it debuted seven years ago.

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Back then, all it could cost you was 70,000 USD but with the continued upgrades and improvements over the years, you’ll have to part away with a six-figure today. Despite the refreshments, the GT-R has continued to be Nissan’s impressive beast. Its V6-turbocharged engine now makes in excess of 550 horsepower and comes with plenty of computer controlled systems that ensure a stellar performance.

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At the pinnacle of the trim lineup is the 600-hp-generating Nismo juggernaut model. It comes with Recaro front bucket seats, a different suspension system, and carbon-fiber aero work that work synonymously to lay waste to all possible challengers.

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Sadly, the GT-R model has several drawbacks relative to what the competition offers. Some of them include a clunky around-town transmission behavior; a sky-high price for the Nismo model; doesn’t evoke passion as some of its rivals; and has an intrusive road noise.

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Well, the faulty list may seem long but we still love how the GT-R dominates the racetrack. Otherwise, there are plenty of rivals on offer including the 2017 Dodge Viper, the 2017 Corvette Z06, the 2017 Acura NSX, and the 2017 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

Trims Offered – Nissan GT-R

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The high-performance 2017 Nissan GT-R coupe is available with a 2 + 2 seating configuration. Three trims are available: Premium, Black Edition, and the Nismo trim model. The R36 Hybrid is covered in a separate review.

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The Premium model offers LED adaptive suspension system, 20” forged alloy wheels. Keyless entry and ignition, Brembo brakes, a rearview camera, heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, active noise cancelation, an eight-way power driver seat, satellite radio, Bose sound system, a navigation system, leather and simulated-suede upholstery, LED running lights, an 11-speaker sound system, satellite and HD radio, a CD player, a four way power front passenger seat, and automatic dual-zone climate control.

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Options here include a special plaque at the center stack, all-season run-flat tires, upgraded leather upholstery, “Silica Brass” paint, a special coolant mixture, and a gold VIN plate inside the engine compartment.

The Black Edition adds red and black interior stitching, Recaro leather front sport seats, lightweight black alloy wheels, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

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At the pinnacle of the GT-R lineup is the Nismo model that offers a titanium exhaust system, distinctive interior trim, body reinforcements, a more powerful engine, and a firmer suspension tuning.

Both the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition and the Cold Weather Packages are free for all trims.

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Engine Nismo Specs – 2017 Nissan GT-R

Producing about 550 hp and 463 lbs. ft. of torque is a turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine that comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Nissan GT-R. The advanced all-wheel-drive system transmits this power to the wheels via the six-speed automated manual transmission system.

The performance-themed GT-R Nismo gets an upgraded version of the same engine that cranks out about 600 horsepower and 481 lbs. ft. of torque.

2017 Nissan GT-R engine

Performance is nothing less than jaw-dropping with the utilization of the built-in launch control. It will only take you about 3.2 seconds to get past 60 mph with the GT-R Nismo. Preliminary estimations put its top speed at 200 mph.

The impressive values don’t stop there as the GT-R still posts respectable fuel economy ratings of 22/16/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined.

Price & 2017 Nissan GT-R Release Date

An MSRP starting from $101,770 is all that will be needed to get the GT-R Coupe, and $149,990 for the GT-R Nismo once they go for sale. The 2017 GT-R should be expected to hit dealerships early next year presumably on February.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Toyota Tundra is full-size pickup that offers serious off-roading capability in a comfortable and quiet interior accommodation. Although it may not be as popular as its other American rivals, the Tundra offers plenty of reasons that should probably make you consider it on your shopping list. The Tundra release date is set for the 2017 summer, if rumors by those in the know are anything to go by.

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The winning formula that has been part and parcel of Toyota Tundra has more or less features strong V8 powertrains, an off-road themed capability, colossal CrewMax cab, and a large double cab. On the flipside, though, the Tundra fails to offer a V6 engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, and a smooth ride quality.

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While the previous model gained an upgraded electronics interface, a standard integrated trailer brake control, and an upgraded front and rear fascia, the new model comes with a tweaked exterior, a more refined interior hosting upgraded technologies and materials, and better off-roading. Regardless of what happens on its facets, what remains as the denominator is its unabashedly American creation.

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But it isn’t the only vehicle that has the American flare, trucks from GM, Ram, and Ford are serious contenders here, too. In fact, the Tundra is, in comparison, to these trucks, at a disadvantage if the sales volume is anything to go by. Mark you, it isn’t because the Tundra is Japanese, as it is built and produced in Texas. Much of what ails it is, by and large, its age.

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Although the new model has gained a substantial refresh relative to the outgoing model that has brought about updated features, an improved cabin, a revised styling, and better cabin layout, the changes are akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to building from scratch. Take for instance its rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500, which have improved in leaps and bounds. The Ford F-150 comes with strong turbocharged engines, a lightweight aluminum body, and redesign interior layout. The Ram 1500 gains an efficient and powerful turbo-diesel engine, a smooth ride quality thanks to the smooth-riding coil spring suspension system, and a slightly improved fuel economy over the previous model.

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Finally, the Chevrolet Silverado too comes with incremental changes over the previous model it is replacing. It keeps up with the Joneses thanks to a myriad of changes on its exterior, and interior. The output also sees fuel economy gains. While the Toyota Tundra is arguably among the best when it comes to off-roading, its fuel economy ratings and power don’t meet the required threshold to be noticeable in the segment. In all fairness, the new 2017 Tundra simply doesn’t make the cut given the available options available in the segment today. We find it extremely difficult to recommend it to shoppers looking for a serious, all-rounded pickup truck.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date & Price

As already mentioned, its release date should be expected sometime in the summer of 2017. Toyota is yet to make the pricing details known, however, this hasn’t stopped the best brains in the industry from coming up with the best case scenarios. At its best, the Tundra will probably costs an MSRP starting from $32,000 – that is, considering Toyota actually makes substantial changes. On the other hand, minimal changes will stagnate the price at the current cost estimates at $29,900.

2017 Toyota Tundra release date

2017 Toyota Tundra Exterior

Rumors within the industry allege the new model will come with several key changes on both its front and rear fascia. The front end will probably feature a menacing chrome accented grille, larger air intakes, and redesigned headlights. All these should aid it in offering a better stance than before. Some of the highlights that the exterior will offer include a damped tailgate, heated mirrors, eighteen-inch steel wheels, off-road tires, automatic LED headlights, a sunroof (Platinum), and a skid plates.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Interior

Accessories available should include keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a CD player, air conditioning, HD and satellite radio, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

2017 Toyota Tundra interior, steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Available Trims

Six trims, unless slightly changed on its release date, are available: SR, SR5, Platinum, Limited, TRD Pro, and the 1794 Edition.

Engine Specs

As of this writing, two engines are available for the Toyota Tundra 2017: a 4.6L V8 engine able to crank out 310 hp and 327 lbs. ft. of torque, and a 5.7L V8 able to send 381 horsepower to the wheels.

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Safety

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In government crash tests, the new Toyota Tundra achieved four stars out of the possible five for frontal and side crash impact protection, five stars for rear impact, and four stars for overall crash impact protection.

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2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Release Date and Specs

Although its advanced age is something worth pondering about, the new 2017 Aston Martin Vantage is a beautiful and refreshingly mechanical vehicle to drive in this increasingly digital world. Some of the highlights include a compliant ride quality, an engaging driving experience, sharp styling, and a highly customizable interior. The V8 Vantage release date should be expected sometime in the latter half of 2017, as per the industry rumors trolling the internet.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage grille, front view

With the Vantage entering the market for the 11th year, there is no doubt that it has proven to be a timeless machine. However, even with its striking and magnificent looks, the Vantage appears to be entangled in a web of vehicles in its class, each of which is trying to showcase their prowess. This has therefore reduced its appeal over the last decade as lots of fresher vehicles are being produced now more than ever.

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And despite its engine feeling more sublime when exercised, the V8 Vantage acceleration can’t keep up with similarly priced high-end sports cars for one thing. Even so, the V8 Vantage can’t be accused of being slow thanks to the 565 horsepower offered, but considering its equipped with a clunky single-clutch automated manual transmission system, it may feel antiquated by the new models that offer spectacular performance in mundane driving environments thanks to the slick dual-clutch units.

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More apparent is its age in the cabin. The “new” infotainment system is laughably old and it isn’t responsive and easy-to-use as the newer models. It literally lacks the safety, convenience, entertainment, and comfort features that are now common in luxury performance vehicles. The center console design is dated and feels surprisingly cheap. Other cons include an expensive price tag, unsophisticated automatic transmission system, and dated interior controls.

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Apparently, the only Vantage vintage’s upside seems to be its refreshing driving experience. And while the Aston Martin platform was engineered before features such as electric power steering, advanced stability and turbochargers, many would argue such technologies rob it the soul of a sports car.

Contemporary rivals available in the segment include the Porsche 911, the Mercedes AMG GT and SL, and the Audi R8.

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2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Trims & Body Styles

It is offered in both two-seat Convertible and hatchback coupe body styles both of which are available in five trim levels: Vantage GT12, Vantage S and V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage GT, V8 Vantage, and V8 Vantage S. After the release date we’ll see if there will be any new trims offered.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Interior & Accessories

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage exterior

Some of the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT accessories include automatic climate control, a rearview camera, nineteen-inch wheels, a simulated suede headliner, automatic wipers, a limited-slip differential, a rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a six-CD changer, power front seats, automatic headlights and wipers, a navigation system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a limited-slip differential, USB connectivity, a full leather interior, rear parking sensors, and automatic xenon headlamps.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage dashboard and steering wheel

Opting for the regular V8 Vantage offers a full range of leather an paint options, comfortable suspension system, carbon fiber front splitter, upgraded trim, a three-mode adaptive suspension system, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic dual-clutch manual transmission system, special carbon-fiber body panels, and a bigger engine.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage leather seats and steering wheel

Options available include an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, passenger and driver memory settings, a convertible wind deflector, a simulated-suede sport steering wheel, front parking sensors, nineteen-inch forged alloy wheels, wide range of leather and paint options, and heated seats.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage interior

Several standalone options and packages have been offered for the V8 Vantage, but the exact details of the contents will be known later probably during its release date.

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2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

When it come to power offered beneath the hood of the 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, expect a 4.7L V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 347 lbs. ft. of torque. Both the Vantage GT and S are offered with a souped-up version of the base engine that generates 430 horsepower and 361 pounds-ft. of torque.

Both the six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive systems are offered as the standard systems.

The 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 0-60 mph is projected to take about 4.9 seconds – an unremarkable performance relative to what other fresher models offer.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage engine

More oomph is offered by a 5,9L V12 engine rated at 565 horsepower and 457 pounds-ft. of torque.

When we come to the fuel economy, expect the manual-equipped version to return 13/19/15 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 12/18/14 mpg with the single-clutch automated manual transmission system.

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Price & Release Date

2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage release date

The V8 Vantage Convertible price starts from an MSRP of $117,800, while that of the V8 Vantage Coupe begins at $103,300. The car will become available for sale in the second half of 2017.

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