Spec rundown: 2017 Nissan GT-R

MANILA, Philippines – Among the biggest noise-makers to come out of this year's Philippine International Motoring Show (PIMS) is the 2017 Nissan GT-R, a design and engineering marvel with a reputation as big as its "Godzilla" moniker. The GT-R has historically pushed automotive performance and technology for the Japanese car-maker, and the 2017 model shows little signs of slowing down. 

The 2017 model is momentous for Filipino enthusiasts as it marks the first time that Nissan is officially making it available in the Philippines. It's set to go for P7.35 million including taxes, shipping and handling. (READ: Lexus, BMW showcase hybrid supercars at PH auto show

What does the hefty price tag buy you? 

First: considerable attention.

It's not meek. 

Next: top-tier technological refinements. Expectedly, the car is engineered to be better than the daily driving set. Here are some of those figures according to Nissan:

EXTRA CARE. One interesting trait of the GT-R is that its engine is handbuilt. Photo from Nissan's official Philippine website

EXTRA CARE. One interesting trait of the GT-R is that its engine is handbuilt.

Photo from Nissan's official Philippine website

Make no mistake about it, the Nissan GT-R is a toy. But what a toy it is. For the gadget-addicted, the car is likely the equivalent of a gold-encrusted iPhone 7 Plus. It's shiny, engineered to a fault, amusingly impractical, and packed with features average buyers will rarely use in their day-to-day.

Why did people applaud and hoot when Nissan pulled the blanket off the car at PIMS? Insane stunts have always drawn crowds. The 2017 Nissan GT-R is Nissan's idea of one: a design standout that shows that technological development can come out of an obsessive love for something as much as it can be fueled by necessity. – Rappler.com

Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.

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