Road tests 30.3.2016 01:23 pm

Nissan unveil fresh 2017 GT-R

This model boasts the most significant changes to the GT-R since its introduction.

Nissan unveiled the new 2017 GT-R at the New York International Auto Show, highlighted by an exciting new look both inside and out, as well as major driving-performance enhancements and key new features.

They represent the most significant changes made to the model since it was introduced in 2007. The new GT-R’s exterior gets a complete makeover across the front end.

The new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. It has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now features an updated mesh pattern.

A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has been significantly reinforced, contributing to 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.

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The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to improve air flow. The rear of the car also received a thorough makeover.

While the GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights remain, look closely and you’ll notice new bodywork to help improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has been heightened to give the car a wider and more aggressive look from the rear.

These exterior changes don’t result just in a sportier-looking car; they create an aerodynamically efficient vehicle, with less drag but retaining the same amount of downforce as the current GT-R to keep the car stable at high speeds.

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 themselves, along with the ventilation controls, have improved feel and better sound when engaged or adjusted.

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The GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each unit handcrafted by its own Takumi technician – now delivers 421kW at 6800rpm and 633Nm of torque.

The engines are the definition of Takumi expertise. The improved output, 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 (3200rpm and above).

It comes mated to a thoroughly refined six-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise. That familiar GT-R tone also has been upgraded with an engine that has never sounded better.

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. Nissan South Africa will also introduce the new GT-R later this year with exact timing and specifications to be confirmed in due course.

“The Nissan GT-R is certainly one of our halo products and we are excited to welcome the new GT-R to South Africa. We will be announcing more details in the not so distant future”, says Graeme Birch, General Manager Marketing Communications.

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