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.
“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve. With the signature V-motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future,” said Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Global Design Center, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
The GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each unit handcrafted by its own Takumi technician – now delivers 565 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque, representing an increase of 20 HP and 4 lb-ft, respectively, from last year’s model.
The increases, which are the result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers, allow the new GT-R to possess superior acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges (3200 rpm and above). It comes mated to a thoroughly refined 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise. The aggressive GT-R engine sound has never sounded better. The resonance of the new lightweight titanium exhaust system and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) enhance the driving experience, especially during acceleration.
The GT-R has always been regarded as one of the world’s best handling machines and for 2017 its cornering abilities have become even better. A more rigid body structure and new suspension allow the GT-R’s tires, wrapped around new 20-inch 15-spoke forged aluminum wheels, to hold the road surface better, giving it better stability through quick lateral transitions and higher overall cornering speed.
Along with all the performance enhancements, the 2017 GT-R is the most comfortable example to date, with a new sense of elegance and civility rare in such a high-performance supercar. The new GT-R exhibits a smoother ride quality than the outgoing model, and its cabin remains much quieter at all speeds thanks to Active Noise Cancellation technology and new sound absorption materials, including an acoustic glass windshield.
“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.
New for the 2017 GT-R are fresh colors inside and out that complement the car’s sophisticated character. A “Blaze Metallic” orange color, applied with a special four stage process, has been added to the exterior paint palette. The interior of the Premium Edition, featuring semi-aniline leather, offers three different options: the newly added Rakuda Tan, as well as Amber Red and Ivory.
In select markets, the new GT-R comes with NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services that allows users to use a smartphone to remotely lock or unlock the car doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car if it is stolen.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will be available this summer.
|Horsepower||565 @ 6,800 RPM|
|Torque||467 lb.-ft. @ 3,300-5,800 RPM|
|Overall length||4,710 mm / 185.4 in.|
(without door mirrors)
|1,895 mm / 74.6 in.|
|Overall height||1,370 mm / 53.9 in.|
|Wheelbase||2,780 mm / 109.4 in.|
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