New York Auto Show: 2017 Nissan GT-R image

The New York International Auto Show was chosen by the Japanese automaker as the center stage for the unveiling of the facelifted 2017 Nissan GT-R sports car.

The carmaker considers the current iteration as the most significantly updated model year GT-R since the current generation has seen the light of day back in 2007. As such the updated model comes with an all-new front end with a tweaked out V-motion grille and bigger air intakes. There’s also a modified hood with bigger character lines that should also go some way towards “enhancing stability during high speed driving.” Further modifications have been kept to a minimum but the GT-R Premium version also gets a new titanium exhaust system and all 2017 model year variants get a fresh color palette that now includes Blaze Metallic. The rather outdated cockpit has also been touched by the designers and engineers and there’s a new leather wrapped dashboard, a revised center stack, and a new infotainment system with a larger 8-inch display. Drivers may also consider the increased comfort offered by the seats, the new steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, and an Active Noise Cancellation system which improves NVH levels.

The same levels are also bettered via the new acoustic glass and additional sound deadening material that should provide a more plush and comfortable ride – on the way to the aftermarket shop where it will be stripped out to lighten the Japanese beast, most likely. Under the hood has remained the familiar biturbo 3.8-liter V6 engine which has now been massaged yet again and comes to the party with 565 horsepower – 20 more than the outgoing version. Sales have been scheduled for summer with pricing to be announced closer to the dealership introduction.