The facelifted 2017 Nissan GT-R launches in Australia with pricing that has crept up by around 10 per cent across the board, but with a more premium interior and subtle exterior enhancements.
Three models will be available from launch comprising the Premium Edition, which starts from $189,000 plus on-road costs, the Premium Edition with Luxury Trim, which starts from $195,000 plus on-road costs and lastly the Track Edition Engineered by Nismo, which starts from $227,000 plus on road costs.
Under the skin, there’s the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged VR38DETT 24-valve V6 engine, six-speed dual-clutch transmission and AWD system. Power and torque have been bumped up ever so slightly – by 15kW and 9Nm – to 419kW at 6800rpm and 632Nm between 3300-5800rpm. The redline remains at 7100rpm and top speed is 315km/h.
The 0-100km/h sprint still takes 2.7 seconds and the ADR fuel consumption claim on the combined cycle is 11.7L/100km. The GT-R weighs in at 1765kg for the Premium Edition and 1760kg for the Track Edition.
Premium Edition GT-Rs can be had with 20-inch Rays alloy wheels measuring 20×9.5-inch front and 20×10.5-inch rear, while the Track Edition gets lightweight Nismo alloy wheels measuring 20-x10in front and 20×10.5in rear.
Nissan claims the exterior changes for 2017 are the most significant since the R35’s launch in 2007 and include a 20 per cent larger grille to improve cooling (without affecting drag), new low front bar design with revised canard end pieces, new side skirts, revised C-pillars, a new diffuser at the rear and new side air vents to improve aero efficiency. The rear bumper now incorporates the same design featured on the GT-R Nismo for better airflow at the lower section of the vehicle.
The bonnet is all new, and is much more structurally rigid, as well as featuring new contours near the edge that meets the quarter panels to reduce turbulent airflow as it passes over the GT-R. Eliminating bonnet deformation has improved downforce above 200km/h, according to Nissan.
The GT-R Track Edition (engineered by Nismo) will be a more circuit-focused grade, which is based on the Premium Edition, but with the addition of elements of both the Black Edition (no longer available) and the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Those feature highlights include a dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler, black and red Recaro seats, black leather interior treatment with red stitching for the steering wheel, gear shifter, dashboard and door trims. Outside, there’s adhesive bonding for the spot-welds to increase structural rigidity, revised front and rear springs, dampers, stabilisers and upper links, and the aforementioned wheel package.
In the cabin, Nissan has aimed to provide a more premium experience befitting the GT-R’s price tag with both design and trim. The Premium Edition with Luxury Trim, for example, has a dashboard that is trimmed in one piece of Nappa leather devoid of stitches and seams. That’s the only difference between the two entry-level model grades.
The centre console and dashboard layout has been tidied up with a reduction in switchgear, down from 27 to 11. The infotainment screen is larger, now measuring 8.0 inches and there’s a single multi-function button to make mastering the system even easier.
The paddle-shifters have been mounted directly to the steering wheel rather than the column, which makes shifting on the move much more intuitive. The driver and front passenger seatbacks have also been redesigned to provide better holding and comfort on longer drives. Semi-aniline leather seats are offered on the Premium edition with Luxury Trim.
The cabin is even more insulated than before thanks to the active noise cancellation system, which identifies and reduces unwanted low-frequency sounds by using strategically placed microphones within the cabin and using a sound wave at the same amplitude through noise cancellation speakers to mask unwanted sounds. GT-R also gets a new acoustic windscreen to assist with this insulation.
The GT-R exhaust system is now crafted from titanium from the cat back, with Active Sound Enhancement, which brings the engine’s note directly into the cabin. The driver can vary this sound control through different vehicle mode settings – Normal, Comfort and R. There’s also an exhaust control switch, which allows for a quieter engine start.
Nissan GT-R Equipment Highlights
Track Edition (over Premium Edition)
2017 Nissan GT-R Range and Pricing (plus on-road costs)
GT-R Premium Edition – $189,000
GT-R Premium Edition (Luxury Trim) – $195,000
GT-R Track Edition (Engineered by Nismo) – $227,000