This car is so ridiculously competent that Porsche and Ferrari banned the big car magazines from comparison testing their cars against it.
The R35 generation has evolved significantly since its debut around 2012, however. The sports-car landscape has developed and changed significantly, too, since then. Porsche 911 Turbos are able to keep up with the GT-R’s savage sprint pace under 3-seconds to 60-mph, while even the new Corvette Z06 is hot on its heels in luring buyers to a $100k supercar.
So this GT-R evolution is a critical step in re-capturing the R35’s lightning-in-a-bottle magic.
Most notable is the new V-motion-style face for the GT-R and a new grille with integrated, painted lower splitter. This piece is seriously sharp, and seriously functional. Along with the revised air ductwork in the lower corners all around, these changes bring much of the GT-R NISMO’s wind tunnel learnings to the standard GT-R. It is cleaner, more organic and less brutally mechanical in its design language up front. But even more brutal around the sides and from the back!
From those angles, the new bodykit in contrast carbon-fiber sucks the car onto the tarmac even more forcefully than before. Around back, a beveled trunk-edge lines the entire rear end of the car. This slipstream tech ensures a clean break in the fast-moving air flows and reduces drag. It also creates a negative pressure zone to suck air under the car and out from the diffuser more effectively than before.
It is certainly effective at bringing some new Nissan design elan to the GT-R flagship!
The cabin should seal the deal with a kiss for 2017, too. New leathers throughout are ultra-premium, as are the new steering-wheel and infotainment controls with NissanConnect touchscreen functionality for the first time. A smoother, more civilized ride is promised thanks to additional NVH insulation and all-new suspension elements.
An increase of 20 ponies is modest but helpful — taking the total to 565 and locking in its performance advantage over twice-the-price cars like the Huracan and McLaren 570S.
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2017 Nissan GT-R
NISSAN GT-R UNDERGOES SIGNIFICANT TRANSFORMATION, ARMED WITH A FRESH NEW LOOK AND MORE POWER
NEW YORK (March 23, 2016) – Nissan unveiled the new 2017 GT-R at the New York International Auto Show today, highlighted by a fresh look inside and out, as well as major driving performance enhancements and key new features. All told, this is the most significant change to Nissan’s flagship super sports car since it was introduced in 2007.
The 2017 GT-R’s exterior receives a thorough makeover. The new “V-motion” grille, one of Nissan’s latest design signatures, has been slightly enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, featuring pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, has been reinforced to enhance stability during high-speed driving. A freshly designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred racecar, while generating high levels of front downforce.
The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to direct air flow around the vehicle. Styling and air flow enhancements continue in the rear, where GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights are paired with new rear bodywork, along with functional side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. The beltline between the lower black section and the body panel has been heightened to make the car look wider and more aggressive from the rear.
These exterior changes result in a sportier and sharper looking car – as well as an aerodynamically efficient one with more stability at high speeds, while keeping a 0.26 drag coefficient.
In the cabin is a redesigned, premium interior befitting a high-performance super sports car. The entire dashboard is new, including an instrument panel wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather artfully stitched with Takumi-style precision. The shape of the dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” to deliver a sense of high stability for front seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the center console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for the driver. The cushion layer of the instrument panel leather has been updated with a new, thinner material to reduce weight, and the front seats themselves are also lighter, thanks to a new side-support construction method that provides greater comfort and support on long drives.
The center dashboard layout is improved and simplified. Integrated navigation and audio controls reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous car to just 11 in the 2017 model. An 8-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor replaces the 7-inch one and now features large icons on the display screen, while a new Display Command control on the carbon-fiber center console also allows easy operation.
The shift paddles 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. The paddles, paired with reengineered ventilator controls, feature improved feel and sound when engaged or adjusted.