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2017 Nissan GT-R Upgrades Revealed

Nissan has revealed more information about the updated 2017 GT-R. There are revised looks, changes to the engine, and Nissan has also made changes to make the car more civil inside as well.

Starting with the body, the 2017 GT-R has a new hood. Nissan has made the hood stiffer, which they claim avoids deformation at speed and greatly improves high-speed aerodynamic performance. There is also a new bumper and larger grille in Nissan's new signature V-motion style. The front lip is extended, and the sills have been re-formed. The C-pillar has been redesigned to generate a smaller vortex than before. The rear has new side air vents, and the car has the rear bumper from the NISMO model. All in the name of improved aerodynamics. New RAYS wheels are lighter and stronger, for improved handling.

The twin-turbo 3.8L V6 gets an extra 20 hp, to 565, via increased boost pressure and a new ignition system that can change the spark timing for each individual cylinder. In addition to the increased power, the torque curve has been broadened, so there is more usable power across the rev range. The six-speed dual clutch transmission has updated software for better refinement. Nissan gives the example of the one-two shift at low acceleration being greatly smoothed.

Under the skin, the chassis has received updates to improve rigidity, such as a redesign of the windshield frame and increased reinforcement in the trunk. This lets the suspension work as designed, further improving handling. Suspension damping has also been revised to improve the ride. Nissan states that the improved rigidity along with greater lateral stiffness in the new tires makes for a more comfortable ride than before.

Inside, there is active noise cancellation to remove unwanted sounds. Sound deadening has been improved in the firewall, in the dash, and in the rear fenders. There is a new acoustic windshield, and a redesign of the rear wheel-wells to further reduce noise. The titanium exhaust uses active sound enhancement to manufacture more exhaust noise via the stereo. They have redesigned the dash, reducing the number of buttons from 27 to 11, and making the touchscreen bigger (now 8.0 inches). The shift paddles now follow the wheel, not the column, and there is integrated vehicle tracking in case of theft.

The hard-core NISMO gets the chassis upgrades, but stays at 600 hp. More importantly, it also gets the revised interior.

Nissan calls the changes to the GT-R the most significant changes to the car since introduction in 2007. They've tried to make the car a better experience for touring, while maintaining the edge the car is famous for. The 2017 GT-R should arrive at dealers later this year.