Since its debut in 2007, the Nissan GT-R R35 has established itself as one of the most exhilarating, AWD sports car to ever come out of Japan, thus earning its well-deserved nickname, Godzilla.
Over the years, the engineers at Nissan have constantly updated the GT-R by improving its handling, fine-tuning its suspension, and most important of all, adding more horsepower. Recently at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Nissan unveiled its latest version of the R35 GT-R and the 2017 model is the most extensive revision the GT-R has ever received.
So, here are the 5 Things You Need To Know About the 2017 Nissan GT-R.
Unlike previous revisions, which mostly involved mechanical enhancements, the 2017 revision of the R35 GT-R includes visual enhancement as well. The 2017 model’s revamped exterior design consists of a new front fascia, which includes larger, restyled grille to improve engine cooling. A new reinforced hood features new character lines designed to improve high-speed stability. The side sills protrude farther out to move air around the quarter panels, and the redesigned rear fascia makes the GT-R look wider than it really is.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is motivated by a revised VR38DETT twin-turbo V6 which produces a healthy 565 horsepower and 467 lb.ft. torque (an increase of 20 horsepower and 4 lb.ft. torque over the 2016 model). Nissan claims the power bump comes due to revised ignition timing and more boost form the turbochargers. The engine now breathes out via a lighter titanium exhaust system, which should make the GT-R sound even more aggressive than before.
Power continues to be sent to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which has been re-tuned to be quieter and deliver smoother shifts than before.
To manage the additional power, Nissan has increased the GT-R’s body rigidity and revised the suspension, which results in quick lateral transitions and improved cornering speeds.
According to Nissan, the 2017 GT-R rides a lot smoother than before and have reduced noise levels in the cabin at all speeds. The quieter ride is due to the usage of acoustic glass windshield, active noise cancellation, and new sound-dampening materials.
Like the exterior, the interior of the 2017 Nissan GT-R has also been vastly re-designed.
The dashboard shape is re-designed, adopting Nissan’s new “horizontal flow” design theme. The 2017 GT-R is now fitted with new, lighter front seats which offer greater comfort and support than before for long distance cruising. The new control interface in the center console cuts the switch count from 27 to 11, and the new color touchscreen is now a proper 8.0 inch unit.
The paddle shifters have now been relocated from the steering column to the back of the steering wheel.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is now available with Nissan Connect, with which the owner can lock and unlock the car, activate the alarm, alert emergency services, and track the vehicle when stolen, by using a smart phone.
New Exterior and Interior Color Schemes
For 2017, the exterior color palate adds Blaze Metallic (Orange) to the GT-R’s already attractive color options.
Inside the Nissan GT-R Premium Edition trim, customers can choose from new Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather option, along with Amber Red and Ivory seating surfaces from before.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will be available nationwide during the summer and pricing of the revised models should be slightly higher than the 2016 models.
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