Since its introduction in 2007, the Nissan GT-R has evolved constantly and become one of the all-time great four-seater sports cars. For 2017, this high power model has been significantly updated with refreshed exterior and an all-new interior, besides key upgrades to the drivetrain.
Having showcased it at the New York Motor Show earlier this year, Nissan has now launched the 2017 GT-R in Europe. In the UK, the new GT-R will be available in three grades – Pure, Recaro and Prestige. Pricing starts from £79,995 (Rs 78.63 lakh) for Pure with Recaro from £81,995 (Rs 80.57 lakh). A Track Edition by NISMO will also be offered.
In terms of exterior updates, the new GT-Rs gets a chrome matte finish V-shaped grille that falls in line with Nissan’s latest design theme. The bonnet has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability at high speeds. At the rear, the entire tail section has been reworked to help improve air flow.
The interior is noticeably different and looks significantly more luxurious than before. The dashboard and instrument panel are new and covered with good quality leather. The centre 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 11 in the 2017 model.
The GT-R’s familiar 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 engine now delivers 570bhp of power and 637Nm of torque. The improved output is the result of revised ignition timing and extra boost from the turbochargers.
In Europe, the 2017 GT-R competes with cars like the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. We have had a go in the old GT-R on the Buddh International Circuit and up until recently, were anticipating it to arrive here in the Indian market. However, Nissan India is expected to launch the highly improved 2017 model sometime during this festive season.