Nissan unveiled the new 2017
GT-R at the New York International Auto Show, highlighted by an exciting new
look both inside and out, as well as major driving-performance enhancements and
key new features. They represent the most significant changes made to the model
since it was introduced in 2007.
The new GT-R’s exterior gets a
complete makeover across the front end. The new chrome matte finish “V-motion”
grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. It has been
enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern.
A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has been significantly
reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A
freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated
immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred
race car, while generating high levels of front downforce.
The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines
its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to improve air flow. The
rear of the car also received a thorough makeover. While the GT-R’s hallmark
four-ring taillights remain, look closely and you’ll notice new bodywork to
help improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips.
Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel
has been heightened to give the car a wider and more aggressive look from the
rear. These exterior changes don’t result just in a sportier-looking car, they
create an aerodynamically efficient vehicle, with less drag but retaining the
same amount of downforce as the current GT-R to keep the car stable at high
Step into the cabin, and
you’re greeted by a premium interior that is befitting a high-performance
sports car of this caliber. The entire dashboard and instrument panel are new
and covered with high-quality leather artfully stitched together with Takumi precision. The shape of the
dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” that delivers a sense of increased
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.
The center dashboard layout
has also been improved and simplified. Integrated navigation and audio controls
reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous model to only 11 in the
2017 model. An enlarged 8-inch touch-panel monitor features large icons on the
display screen to make it easy to operate. A new Display command control on the
carbon-fiber center console allows easy operation.
The shift paddles are now
mounted to the new steering wheel, allowing drivers to change gears in mid-turn
without having to take their hands off the wheel. The paddles themselves, along
with the ventilation controls, have improved feel and better sound when engaged
“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance,
the GT-R continues to evolve. With the signature V-Motion grille, the GT-R now
possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic
performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character,
which will continue into the future,” said Nissan’s Executive Design Director,
The GT-R’s award-winning
3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine—each unit handcrafted by its own
Takumi technician—now delivers 565 HP
at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque. The engines are the definition of Takumi expertise. The improved output,
which are the result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders and
extra boost from the turbochargers, allow the new GT-R to possess superior
acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges (3200 rpm and above). It comes mated to
a thoroughly refined 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother
shifts and less noise. That familiar GT-R tone also has been upgraded with an
engine that has never sounded better. The resonance of the new titanium
mufflers and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) enhance the driving experience.
The GT-R has always been regarded as one of
the world’s best handling machines, and for 2017, its cornering abilities have
become even better. A more rigid body structure and new suspension result in
better stability through quick lateral transitions and higher overall cornering
speed. Providing the grip are sticky 20
inch tires, wrapped around new “Y-spoke” machine-finished forged aluminum
Despite all the performance
enhancements, the 2017 GT-R is the most comfortable model to date, with a new
sense of elegance and civility that one would rarely find in such a
high-performance supercar. The new GT-R exhibits a smoother ride quality than
the outgoing model, and its cabin remains much quieter at all speeds and new
sound absorption materials.
New for the 2017 GT-R are
fresh colours inside and out that complement the car’s sophisticated character.
A “Blaze Metallic” with multi layered painting has been added to the exterior
paint palate, which the interior of the Premium Edition, which features
semi-aniline leather, offers customers four different options: the newly added
Black/Rakuda and Samurai Black, as well as the always popular Black/Amber Red
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