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The GT-R has remained almost unchanged since its original debut in 2007. Today Nissan have uncovered the new model, updated for 2017, at the New York motor show.
As a highly accomplished car already, changes weren’t expected to be drastic. There is a new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille which has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern. The bonnet has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumper with finishers complete the make-over and give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred racecar, while generating high levels of front downforce.
The rear of the car has also received a thorough makeover. New bodywork helps improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. The historical circular rear lights remain. These exterior changes are said to ‘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’.
Most importantly are the interior revisions. The GT-R cabin has always been its downfall with substandard materials and messy layout. Thankfully the entire dashboard and instrument panel have been redesigned and covered with high-quality leather. The controls have also been improved and simplified. An integrated navigation and audio system reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous model to only 11 in the 2017 model.
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 GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine now delivers 565BHP at 6800 rpm and 467lb ft of torque. The improved output is the result of adjustments to the ignition-timing control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers. Refinements have also been added to the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission so that it features smoother shifts and less noise. The resonance of the new titanium mufflers and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) further enhance the driving experience.
Nissan says the GT-R is more rigid, better to drive and also more comfortable than ever before. The order books open in April and first deliveries are scheduled for the summer.