NEW YORK – Unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, Nissan's flagship GT-R supercar shows off a fresh new look while boasting a significant improvement in performance.
The 2017 GT-R returns with what Nissan claims is the most comprehensive set of revisions since its introduction almost a decade ago.
Outwardly, it retains the same signature profile, but the sheet work has been subtly manipulated to improve aerodynamics. Wider sills redirect air flow around the body, and the wider rear fascia includes quad tips and functional air vents. An enlarged version of Nissan's signature V-motion grille, finished off in matte chrome, draws more cooling air into the engine bay. The grille's V-shape flows upwards, forming crisp character lines on either side of the newly reinforced hood.
Finished off with a front lip spoiler and diffuser, the GT-R's aggressive new face is more track than street. The upgrades not only result in a more aggressively focused look, but a car with greater stability and a drag coefficient of 0.26.
The cabin also receives an overhaul with a new, Nappa leather–wrapped dash and instrument panel. The carbon-fibre centre console and gauge cluster are presented to create a driver-focused environment.
An ergonomically simplified instrumentation layout features integrated audio and navigation, which reduces the number of controls to 11 from 27 in the previous car. The colour touchscreen is now eight inches instead of seven and features a new controller on the centre console. Canadian GT-Rs will come equipped with NissanConnect with Navigation and integrated mobile Apps, allowing owners to lock, unlock, alert emergency services, activate the alarm or track the car if stolen.
Paddle shifters are now located on the steering wheel, which makes them easier to operate at full lock.
Upgraded seats are now lighter yet purport to provide more comfort and support.
The GT-R's 3.8L turbocharged V6 now delivers 565 hp at 6,800 rpm, and 467 lb-ft of torque thanks to some tweaking of the ignition timing and a jump in boost from the turbochargers. The dual-clutch six-speed transmission has been reworked to produce smoother shifts with less noise.
While the GT-R's ride and handling have been improved thanks to a more rigid body structure and new suspension, noise cancellation and more sound absorption also raise the level of refinement.
"We're proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R," said GT-R and Nismo chief product specialist, Hiroshi Tamura.
Finally, there are a couple of additions to the GT-R's paint palette for 2017, including "Blaze Metallic" orange and three new interior colours.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R arrives in Canada later this summer.