The 2017 Nissan GT-R “Godzilla” is going to be launching today in a highly exclusive event with Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok and actor John Abraham in attendance. The launch is going to be a big deal for Nissan, which is focusing on India’s premium and performance-oriented automotive market. Pre-launch bookings were opened up after the GT-R’s unveiling at the 2016 Auto Expo that took place early in the year in New Delhi.  For those interested, the booking amount comes to INR 25 lakh. The final pricing is going to be confirmed only at the launch event to be held later today. The GT-R will most likely be priced in the range of about INR 2 crore. Talking about the updated Nissan GT-R, the Japanese automaker has said that there have been a lot of crucial changes to the car, inside and out. In fact, it claims that this will be the handmade car’s biggest update since its international unveiling nearly 10 years ago.

What are these major changes in the handcrafted 2017 Nissan GT-R? For one, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine will deliver around 557 bhp of power and 633 Nm of torque. That is marginally higher than the previous power and torque figures of 545 bhp and 628 Nm. The engine will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and deliver power to all four wheels. The bigger change, however, is expected to come from the GT-R’s riding dynamics because Nissan has made major changes to its suspension and chassis. Specifically, Nissan has shifted the engine a little more towards the rear of the chassis and mounted the transmission with the car’s transfer case at the rear. As a result, the 2017 Nissan GT-R will be the first all-wheel drive vehicle with an independent rear transaxle. Also Read: Nissan India opens pre-booking of latest GT-R

The differences are expected to be most pronounced out on the racetrack, where Nissan believes that its new GT-R will be much faster than its preceding version. Performance will also be improved with the more aerodynamic exterior. Overall, the automaker says that the GT-R will touch 100 kmph in less than 3 seconds and get a top speed of 315 kmph. That is quite a figure, and a lot of folks in India will be looking to test out these figures on the racetrack. Specially-designed, adjustable Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers will be in use, and monoblock aluminium brake calipers will be utilised in the front and back.

Design-wise, the most prominent change that can be seen at first glance is the wider V-motion grille up front. The front has been reshaped to reduce drag and redirect air better around the wheel wells up front, and downforce and grip are expected to be improved with the redesigned side skirts. The larger grille up front and extended rear fascia will enable greater cooling inside the car. On the inside, there will be a revamped dashboard and a new 8-inch infotainment system, switchgear placement and centre console.

Inside the cabin, the paddle shifters have been redesigned and shifted to a better position, and a Display Commander wheel has been positioned for using the multi-function display and audio, entertainment and communication controls. To keep the driver and passengers safe, there are airbags, ABS, vehicle dynamic control, EBD, and traction control. There will be seven colour options on offer: Katsura Orange, Pearl White, Black Metallic, Gun Metallic, Ultimate Silver, Blue Racing and Vibrant Red.