Nissan applied a serious update to the 2017 GT-R, one of the world’s top-performing production cars currently holding the #1 spot on TFLcar’s zero to 60 mph, 1 mile above sea level test. The debut at the New York auto show revealed a swath of performance and cosmetic updates. Delivering more than just raw power, the Nissan GT-R combines supercar performance with incredible agility.
“The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times, on any road, for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the limit – it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, refinement has been added to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility, and a rich racing history,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist, GT-R, Z and NISMO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The hand-crafted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is now rated at 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque, an additional 20 ponies and 4 lb-ft compared with last year’s model. The quick-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch transmission has been refined for smoother shifts and quieter operation. A new lightweight titanium exhaust system and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) will alert the neighbors that Godzilla has arrived.
Exterior changes to the 2017 GT-R are subtle, yet functional. The V-motion grille is slightly larger to provide better airflow to the engine and now features a matte chrome finish and new mesh pattern. The hood has been reinforced for better stability at beyond street-legal speeds. An updated front spoiler lip and front bumper generate high levels of downforce. The rear gets new bodywork, functional side vents, and a higher beltline to make the super sports car appear wider and more aggressive.
New for 2017 is a “Blaze Metallic” orange exterior color, applied with a special four-stage process. The interior of the Premium Edition features semi-aniline leather in a choice of three different colors: Rakuda Tan, Amber Red, and Ivory.
Inside is a redesigned dashboard, lighter front seats, and shift paddles now mounted to a new steering wheel. The cabin should be quieter with Active Noise Cancellation in effect, new sound absorption materials, and an acoustic glass windshield.
We have video of the 2017 Nissan GT-R with all of its new updates, but our special treat was getting a history lesson of the Skyline’s heritage from “Mr. GT-R” Hiroshi Tamura.