Future Models - Nissan 2017 GT-R
New York show: Nissan squeezes more from GT-R
Pace behind the face: Nissan has reduced drag while maintaining downforce with the GT-R supercar’s restyle – complemented by the obligatory engine output boost.
Big aero, engine and interior luxury upgrades for Nissan GT-R revealed in New York
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24 March 2016
NISSAN continues to coax yet more power and torque from the 3.8-litre
twin-turbo V6 of its flagship GT-R supercar, with the latest update revealed at
the New York show overnight cranking out 419kW and 632Nm.
Due to hit Australian showrooms this September in two grades, including a local
first in the shape of a Nismo-enhanced Track Edition, the seven-year-old sports
machine has also been given a late-life nip-and-tuck, headlined by a
distinctive new front-end and more luxurious interior.
A revised 0-100km/h time for the updated GT-R is conspicuous by its absence
despite the engine tweaks, suggesting the superseded model’s already
mind-bending 2.8 second sprint has not been bettered.
But additional performance in other areas is assured by an exterior styling
evolution that has reduced drag while maintaining downforce.
The new front bumper is not only visually simpler and smoother, its enlarged
grille increases engine cooling, incorporates a race-inspired,
downforce-generating splitter and flows more seamlessly into the bonnet, which
has been reinforced for additional high-speed stability.
Wider side skirts also improve airflow while adding a more aggressive, modern
stance and the rear fascia has been subtly but substantially updated with more
airflow-enhancing vents at the bumper’s outer edges and the proportion of the
body-coloured upper and black lower sections altered to increase the visual
Major upgrades have been made to the GT-R cockpit, its increased levels of
luxury the next logical step in Nissan’s constant evolution of the model from
hardcore performance beast to ballistic grand tourer.
The completely redesigned dashboard is now covered in high-grade stitched
leather, with a more driver-oriented layout that reduces the button-count from
27 to just 11, courtesy of a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen. It frees up space for
the central air-conditioning vents to be placed directly above the new and
classier dual-zone climate-control panel.
Nissan has also responded to criticism about the location and feel of the GT-R’
s paddle-shifters, which are now attached to the steering wheel instead of
being fixed to the steering column and are said to have a more premium feel and
sound when activated.
Rounding out the new GT-R’s more luxurious feel is improved ride comfort and
sound insulation, described by Nissan as providing “a new sense of elegance and
civility that one would rarely find in such a high-performance supercar”.
Body rigidity has been increased to improve the GT-R’s already legendary
cornering ability, while grippy 20-inch tyres are fitted to new
machine-finished forged Y-spoke alloy wheels.
Courtesy of individual cylinder ignition timing and increased turbocharger
boost pressure, the engine power and torque are up 15kW and 4Nm on the
pre-facelift GT-R, while new titanium exhaust mufflers and “active sound
enhancement” are said to produce a more emotional engine note.
Still, Nissan has left plenty of room for the track-ready 447kW/650Nm GT-R
Nismo to remain range-topper.
GoAuto understands Australia’s Nismo-fettled Track Edition will be more of a
styling and handling exercise than performance flagship, while the project to
officially introduce the Nismo brand to Australia remains ongoing.
Australian specifications and pricing for the updated GT-R will be announced
closer to its September launch. The existing line-up opens with the $172,000
Premium Edition, with the $177,000 Premium Edition with Luxury Trim and 45th
Anniversary Limited Edition occupying middle ground and the $182,500 Black
Edition serving as flagship.