Nissan's supercar receives a wealth of enhancements to keep it fresh including more power.
New GT-R, R35, enhanced via mid-life upgrade
The Nissan GT-R has received a mid-life facelift for 2017 that incorporates “the most significant changes” to this high-performance coupé since its launch in 2007, the manufacture explained. The “R35” is now stronger in key areas such as its: engine, aerodynamics, exterior styling, cabin comfort and handling.
Engine and performance
The 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged, V6 petrol engine now produces 570PS at 6,800 rpm, rather than 550PS. The extra power comes, in part, courtesy of an increase in boost pressure plus an ignition timing system which is controlled at each individual cylinder. The latter was previously reserved for the top-spec, GT-R NISMO, model.
Nissan explained that the extra power provides “improved acceleration in the mid range” which it considers 3,200 rpm (and above). Furthermore, maximum torque is available “across a wider range in the power band”, the motor manufacture revealed. This power plant is slightly more eco-friendly than its predecessor too.
The new, 2017, Nissan GT-R produces 637Nm of torque which is an increase of 5Nm. Power is sent to all 4 wheels through 6-speed automatic transmission (with manual mode). The result – like its predecessor – is 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds plus a top speed of 196mph.
Exterior style and aerodynamics
The GT-R exterior has been reshaped to optimise aerodynamic performance, cut drag and create more downforce. The grille has been enlarged to increase airflow that cools the engine without increasing drag, for example. Further, the bonnet is stronger to prevent deformation and “improve aerodynamic performance” at speed.
Other exterior enhancements include the: front bumper, Y-spoke alloy wheels plus the reformed, more aerodynamic, rear and c-pillars. Furthermore, the sills have been recast to cut the amount of air pulled beneath the car which improves stability. Despite the changes, this new incarnation is instantly recognisable as a GT-R.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R has a simplified dashboard so there are 11 switches, rather than 27. Navigation controls and the display have been lowered within the instrument panel “for easier use and better forward visibility”, Nissan argued. Further, the enlarged, 8-inch, touch-screen makes it easier to operate a wide range of functions.
Nissan said the handling “has been taken to another level” thanks to the revised suspension and more rigid body. It claimed: better overall stability, crisper turn in and superior balance. Also, the transmission paddles have been moved to the steering wheel – from the column on the old model – to make them easier to find mid-turn.
New, 2017, Nissan GT-R prices range from £79,995 to £91.995.