Displayed for the first time in March at the New York auto show, the 2017 Nissan GT-R is more than a simple updated version of the current generation.
And so it should be, as the sixth generation of the GT-R emerged a decade ago. Nissan promises the 2017 model will bring major driving performance updates, including a reinforced chassis, keeping the ride as comfortable as possible at the same time. All the visual changes you see on the outside are said not to be just for the fun of styling, but to improve the aerodynamic characteristics.
The new matte “V-motion” grille finished in chrome has been enlarged to increase airflow for cooling the engine without creating additional drag, the curving profile of the front under spoiler has been slightly extended and lowered by a few millimeters for the same purpose, while the C-pillars have also been redesigned, with their upper part now shaped to deliver better airflow management.
The enhancement continues at the back with a new silver-finish diffuser, new side air vents incorporated next to the quad titanium exhaust tips and a redesigned rear bumper similar to the one found on the 2015 GT-R Nismo, all in the name of a better air flow.
The cockpit received the same attention and the new dashboard wrapped in leather has the layer of cushioned material found beneath the leather made from new thinner material to keep the overall weight down. The ergonomic aspect has not been set aside and the switches have been cut from 27 to only 11. In addition, the navigation system controls and display have been placed slightly lower on the instrument panel, for easier use and better forward visibility for both the driver and front passenger.
On the technical side, the 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine has been perked up a bit to deliver now 20 more horsepower and extra 4 lb-ft, for the whole output to rise at 565 hp at 6,800 rpm and 467 lb-ft at 3,300 rpm.
Same as for the GT-R Nismo, the engine knock has been reduced while keeping the emissions within decent limits through a more efficient fuel burn, by controlling ignition timing at each cylinder. The unit is matted to the same sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission which now has an updated shift-management control software to sharpen its senses.
For 2017, the handling of the new GT-R “has been taken to another level”, Nissan says, thanks to the refined Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable shock-absorbers and a more rigid body structure. The updated sports car has a starting price of 79,995 British pounds (117,221 dollars) in the UK for the entry-level version.