The Nissan GT-R has received yet another model year upgrade. The 2017 model, in fact, has been officially unveiled at the ongoing New York Motor Show. Highlights here include a new look both inside and out, as well as performance enhancements and key new features. These upgrades combine to 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 chrome matte finish V-shaped grille is in line with Nissan’s latest design theme. It has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern. The bonnet has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability at high speeds.
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 has also received a makeover. While the GT-R’s hallmark four-ring rear lights remain, look closely and you’ll notice new bodywork to help improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exit exhaust pipes.
The interior is noticeably different and looks significantly more luxurious than the one in the outgoing car. The entire 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 paddle shifts 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. Nissan says that the paddles themselves have improved feel and better sound when engaged.
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. That familiar GT-R tone also has been upgraded thanks to a new titanium exhaust system.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will hit the showrooms later this year and continue to compete with the best from European sports car manufacturers including Porsche and McLaren.