Features updated looks and 592-hp twin turbo V6
Nissan debuted in late May the updated 2017 GT-R NISMO at the Nürburgring race course in Germany. Just like the standard model, the GT-R NISMO’s front end features a freshened face that’s highlighted by a new bumper. And to help cool engine, the dark chrome V-motion grille has been enlarged to collect more air, without compromising aerodynamics.
A new reinforced hood avoids wind deformation at extremely high speeds, allowing it to keep its shape at all times. But unlike the standard model, the front bumpers of the GT-R NISMO are made of carbon fiber and feature canards that not only improve airflow around the vehicle and generate a high level of downforce, but also direct air around the wheel arches to improve the aerodynamics. Overall, the company said the car’s new shape generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date, which in turn results in exceptional high-speed stability.
The new GT-R NISMO also gets the standard model’s refreshed interior, which features a redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and center armrest covered with high-quality Alcantara leather. Unique to the GT-R NISMO are the leather Recaro carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts. The center console has also been simplified via integrated navigation and audio controls (which the company said has more than halved the number of switches) and an eight-inch touchscreen with a display command control that allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, thanks in part to the standard model’s significantly reinforced body. The company said the stiffened body structure allowed the engineers to further refine the GT-R NISMO’s suspension to create better-handling car than the previous model.
The GT-R’s special Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable system that utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations—features special NISMO-tuned shock absorbers that more effectively transfers the engine’s power to the road. Like the previous model, the DampTronic system features three driver-selectable settings that also control the Vehicle Dynamics Control and the transmission: Normal, Comfort and R. For 2017, the R and Comfort settings now offer the driver enhanced sportiness and a smoother ride quality, respectively.
For the steering, the GT-R’s speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion system has been given sharper response during spirited driving while having reduced effort for low-speed driving. Also, the company said its straight-line stability at high speed (250 km/h) has been greatly enhanced while requiring less steering correction and inputs.
Finally, stopping power is provided by Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 390 mm front and 380 mm rear cross-drilled two-piece discs and low-steel, high-stiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The company said the calipers utilize race car-style radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking.
Speaking of the engine, the GT-R NISMO’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter, twin-cam, 24-valve V6 produces 592 horsepower and 652 Newton-meters of torque with the help of a pair of high-flow, large-diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition. This is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters. As with the standard model, each GT-R NISMO engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room at a plant in Yokohama, Japan by meticulously trained technicians, with an aluminum plate added to the front of each engine showing the name of the engine craftsman.
“The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the ‘R’ in its nomenclature,” said GT-R Chief Product Specialist Hiroshi Tamura. “Its direct ties with racing makes it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver. With the 2017 GT-R as a starting point, the new NISMO version has become a more well-balanced machine, with not just increased performance, but a heightened premium feel overall.”
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is available in five different exterior colors and is assembled in Tochigi, Japan.