Extensive exterior updates, a new interior and a 15kW power increase headline the most significant update since the car was launched in 2007, with Australia now due to receive the Premium Edition and Nismo-tuned Track Edition from September 2016.
At the front, the GT-R gets a larger grille aperture to help cooling, a newly designed bonnet and a reshaped front bar that give the big Nissan a more aggressive face, all while contributing to aerodynamic downforce.
Wider sills lead into an updated rear end that keeps the trademark ‘stove top’ tail lamps but raises the rear diffuser and valance to create a wider looking rump – if that is at all possible.
Inside though, are where the most noticeable changes reside.
A completely new ‘horizontal flow’ dashboard and driver oriented console present a more modern and simplified instrument array.
There is a new eight-inch touch screen and console-mounted control device that drive revised infotainment and vehicle management software.
One area where the GT-R was often criticized, the shift-paddles mounted on the steering-column, has been addressed. These are now fixed to the wheel.
Under the bonnet, power from the twin-turbo V6 is up 15kW and torque up 4Nm to 419kW and 632Nm.
The output improvements come from increased boost through the turbos and improved ignition timing control.
The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised, to provide faster gear changes and less of that ‘trucky’ idle noise the GT-R is known for.
Speaking of noise, there are new titanium mufflers and a sound-simulation system (ASE: Active Sound Enhancement) to help make the 2017 GT-R sound as mean as it looks.
Handling hasn’t been overlooked, with new suspension, rigidity improvements and new, 20-inch Y-spoke wheels all working to deliver the famous tarmac-chewing GT-R performance.
“We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the outer limits”, says Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R. “It’s even more potent than before. At the same time, more refinement has been added to take the entire driving experience to an entirely new level.
“We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history.”
Local pricing and specification of the 2017 Nissan GT-R in Australia have not yet been announced.
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