The new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut this year in May at the famous Nürburgring Race Course that is known as one of the longest & most challenging racetracks in the world. This is also the place where the Nissan GT-Rs potent performance was honed, tuned & developed.
Like the MY17 GT-R Premium, the GT-R NISMO's front end features a freshened face highlighted by an aggressive new fascia to help cool the car's high-output engine. The dark chrome 'V-motion' grille has been enlarged to collect more air without diminishing the car's aerodynamic performance. A new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, thus allowing it to keep its aerodynamic shape. Unlike the standard model the front bumper features layers of carbon fiber sheets carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness. The canards have been designed to improve airflow around the vehicle & generate a high level of down force, while at the same time direct air around the wheelhouse to enhance aerodynamics. Overall, the car's new shape generates more down force than any other Nissan production car to date resulting in exceptional high-speed stability.
The new GT-R NISMO also benefits from the 2017 GT-R's refreshed interior with a cabin possessing a more upscale feel than ever before. The redesigned dashboard & steering wheel are covered with high-quality Alcantara® suede - which does feel nice! The centre stack layout has been improved & simplified, with the number of integrated navigation and audio controls reduced from 27 switches in the previous model to only 11 in the MY17 version. An enlarged 8-inch touch-panel monitor featuring large icons on the display screen make it simple to use, while a new Display Command control on the carbon fibre centre console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor. Also unique to the NISMO are the leather-appointed Recaro® seats with red synthetic suede inserts.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive NISMO has also been upgraded thanks in part to the standard model's significantly reinforced body. The stiffened body structure allowed the engineers to further refine the shock absorbers, springs & stabilisers, all of which when combined with the car's added down force result in a better handling car than the previous model. The car’s improved slalom times & superior cornering performance - both up by nearly 2% from the previous model, evidence this. The GT-R's special Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable system – utilising multiple vehicle inputs to provide appropriate damping forces & high level control for a variety of driving situations – features a special NISMO-tuned shock absorber. This more effectively transfers the power of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, which still produces 600 horsepower to the road.
Dubbed the 'VR38DETT', the GT-R NISMO's engine is the result of the expertise that NISMO gained from competing in motorsports around the globe. Mated to a sixspeed dual clutch gearbox, it features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competitions. As with the standard model, each GT-R NISMO engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by meticulously trained technicians - an aluminium plate added to the front of each engine shows the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.
Despite its more potent nature, the new MY17 NISMO boasts better overall balance than before evolving into a car that can be enjoyed on a winding mountain road, as well as on the local race circuit.
Hiroshi Tamura - who is the Chief Product Specialist as well the Honorary President of the GT-R Owners Club - quoted :
"The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the 'R' in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing make 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. It is the result of our on going pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure".
The MY17 Nissan GT-R NISMO will be available in four exterior colours & is assembled in Tochigi, Japan with the engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan.