2017 GT-R – More Boost and a Facelift

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Nissan wowed the world in 2007 when they unveiled their new Nissan GT-R. This R35 GT-R hit way above its belt, taking down supercars three times it’s price in performance tests. The R34 Skyline GT-R is one of the holy grail of the JDM world, so the introduction of it’s successor was big news. Just a few hours ago, Nissan unveiled the face-lift of it’s flagship model. Since the introduction, the GT-R has only had a few minor facelifts. The platform and powerplant are pretty much the same. If it isn’t broke, why fix it?

The 2017 model gives consumers just a little more of what they love about the GT-R and improves on its shortcomings. The GT-R is an extremely fast car, but it hasn’t been famed for it’s lavishly comfortable interior. It has always been all about speed, nothing else. The front grill and bumper have been upgraded to give it a more angular, angry look. The old version, as seen in the picture above, was a bit rounded and not as aggressive as it deserves.  Nissan claims that this new body work, including the new rear bumper with a large diffuser and vents, increases aerodynamic efficiency and downforce, but the drag coefficient is still 0.26.

The real gem is the GT-R‘s new interior. dashboard and center stack are all new and the instrument cluster is wrapped in leather. The touchscreen grows and inch and now has a Display Command controller on the center console. It’s been simplified throughout with less buttons and more features. The old paddle shifters for the six-speed dual-clutch transmission have been relocated from the column to the steering wheel..

The twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 puts out an extra 20 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing model. This upgrade is attributed to parts from the old NISMO GT-R. The extra boost and individual timing control for each cylinder give it a peak output of 565 hp and 467 lb-ft. There isn’t a much higher peak torque, but Nissan claims mid to high rpm range power is improved, which means a beefier torque curve. They say the chassis has been stiffened with some tweaks on the suspension, but not extensively. This is not a new GT-R by any means. It is just another refresh. With the performance car market becoming more and more competitive, we expect a new GT-R to be unveiled by 2020.

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