The Nissan GT-R is updated for 2017 to maintain its illustrious heritage and famed reputation; known the world over. The new Nissan GT-R has an exciting new look both inside and out, as well as major driving performance enhancements in key areas, including a revised chassis and more power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter 24-valve V6 engine.
Previously previewed at the New York Auto Show, the the new GT-R boasts a thoroughly refreshed exterior look that adds a high sense of style to what is already considered one of the most distinctive-looking sports cars in the marketplace. The front of the car sees a redesigned bumper, daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights, and a new matte chrome finish “V-motion” grille, which represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. This distinctive grille has been enlarged to increase airflow to cool the engine without causing any additional drag, and the refined shape blends smoothly with the new bonnet.
In addition to the new grille and bonnet, the curving profile of the front under spoiler has been slightly extended and lowered by a few millimeters to improve airflow at the its lower edge. Also, by reshaping the sill lip along the lower portions of the sides of the car, the amount of air being drawn underneath has been reduced, countering vehicle lift and improving stability. The C-pillars have also been redesigned, with the upper portion now shaped to deliver better airflow management by preventing the generation of a smaller vortex. From the rear, the new GT-R continues to be defined by its iconic round taillights, but look closely and you’ll notice a silver-finish diffuser and new side air vents that have been incorporated next to the quad titanium exhaust tips to improve the car’s aerodynamics. Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has been heightened to make the car look wider and more aggressive. The rear bumper section now incorporates the same design featured on the GT-R NISMO for better routing of air at the lower portion of the rear of the vehicle. To round off the exterior, stylish new Y-spoke forged alloy wheels by RAYS are fitted on the 2017 GT-R.
Moving to the inside, the new GT-R delivers an unparalleled degree of comfort, luxury and everyday usability unlike any iteration before it. It’s obvious at first glance that the new cabin is more luxurious and upscale. Seamlessly wrapped in one continuous sheet of the highest quality Nappa leather, the new dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” that delivers a sense of high stability for the car’s front-seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the center console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for those behind the steering wheel. Other highlights include: newly-designed steering with paddle shifters, layer of cushioned material found beneath the thin-out leather, simplified center dashboard layout, display and navigation system controls with aluminium alloy dials that are placed lower on the instrument panel, an 8-inch touch screen, driver and front passenger seats with urethane foam, and a new Display command control on the carbon-fiber center console.
Output for the GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine has been increased by 20 PS compared to last year’s model. It now delivers 570 PS at 6800 rpm, thanks in part to an increase in boost pressure and an ignition-timing system that’s controlled at each individual cylinder-technology. Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the engine features plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, superior power output and fuel efficiency.Also new is a titanium exhaust system that better manages the high temperatures of the exhaust gas from the engine. Engine power is transferred to all four wheels of the GT-R via the world’s first independent rear transaxle called the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system.
The transmission shift-management control of the sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission has been updated for better refinement and performance in a variety of driving situations.
For 2017, the handling capabilities and athletic performance of the new GT-R has been taken to another level, thanks to a refined suspension system and a more rigid body structure that results in improved handling and better overall vehicle stability; thanks to the special Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable shock-absorber system, rigid attachment points for the suspension system, and the DampTronic system with three driver selectable settings: Normal, Comfort and R.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo full-floating, cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel, high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.
With its enhanced body/chassis structural rigidity, more efficient suspension system, and fitment of tyres with improved lateral stiffness, the 2017 Nissan GT-R rewards the driver with better handling capability, increased vehicle stability and a more comfortable ride than ever before.
Along with the increased structural rigidity of the platform that aids with occupant protection, standard safety items (passive and active) included on every new 2017 Nissan GT-R consist of the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) stability control system, Electronic Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), RearView Monitor and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is available in three variants: Pure, Recaro and Prestige and has a starting price of 81,995 pounds.