The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is Here, and It’s Mean
It’s official. The top rung of Nissan GT-R performance just got a little bit higher today. On Friday, Nissan pulled the covers off its redesigned-for-2017 GT-R NISMO, which has been further honed and developed at the infamous Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany. To the chagrin of hardcore GT-R fans, it’s no more powerful than before. The new 2017 model still erupts with a furious 600 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque from its twin-turbocharged V6 engine (the same as the 2016 model). However, where the new NISMO does shine is in the details. It may not be as elegant as the outgoing model, which has stylistically held up remarkably well over the years, but the new design goes further in the way of on-road performance as well as interior amenities. RELATED: See More of the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO
First, those looks. According to Nissan, the GT-R NISMO’s updated front end is highly functional, providing much greater cooling through larger air inlets, as well as a new carbon fiber bumper and canards for optimum stiffness, deflection, and downforce at high speeds. The updated canards have also changed the airflow around the new GT-R NISMO without spoiling the car’s overall total downforce. In fact, Nissan says it boasts the most downforce of any production car its ever built.
Beneath the skin, Nissan says its 2017 GT-Rs feature a redesigned chassis with greater torsional stiffness than before, which has allowed Nissan engineers to fine tune the NISMO’s suspension even further through new spring, stabilizer, and shock absorber configurations; the later of which is said to be a new Bilstein unit. All factored in, slalom and corner performance increase by two percent. Small, but surely measurable.
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Whereas a level-up interior wasn’t exactly top on Nissan’s list for the last GT-R NISMO, the new car does delve a bit more into upmarket styling with a lovely redesigned dashboard and steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara suede, a dramatically simplified media center, larger touchscreen, and NISMO-specific Recaro racing seats.
As mentioned before, the 3.8-liter V6 still chucks out a colossal 600 ponies and comes strapped to a six-speed dual clutch gearbox. The engine is also still hand-assembled by four guys in a clandestine, hermetically sealed lab in Yokohama, Japan. Fans wouldn't have it any other way.
Need one? Pricing and an on-sale date have yet to be confirmed, however expect the new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO to demand a tad over $150,000 (the 2016 model’s starting price) and arrive towards the end of summer 2016.
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