The 2017 Nissan GT-R has been revealed at the New York Auto Show following teasers we shared with you this week. Aesthetically, this update represents the most significant changes to the model since its introduction in 2007.
The car’s facia has had an overhaul, with elements from the GT-R 2020 concept implemented to keep it looking fresh. A new bonnet features, its lines flowing down into the new “V-Motion” grille, that, along with re-styled brake duct apertures and an updated splitter ensure the GT-R remains in keeping with Nissan’s current design customs. Out back, the familiar enormous quad-exhaust system remains, now with a slightly more accentuated diffuser. New “Y-spoke” alloy wheels complete the redesign, whilst the newer front and rear lights with LED elements are carried over from the 2015 model.
On the inside is where the biggest updates have been made, and where they were most needed. In place of the old 27 switch dash console and offset screen, we have a new, cleaner architecture, featuring a larger and clearer centralised eight-inch touch screen – helping to reduce the button count to 11. The old instrument binnacle carries over, but is now viewed through an all-new steering wheel, which features sleeker buttons and a re-shaped airbag “pod”. New wheel-mounted shift paddles take the place of the old column mounted ones too.
Output wise, little has changed. The 2017 car retains the familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine which in the latest installation produces 562bhp and 469 lb ft of torque. That should make for modest performance increases over the outgoing models already impressive 2.8-second 0-62mph time and 196mph top speed. Performance was not something the outgoing model was lacking in competitively. The new bonnet is significantly more rigid, improving the stiffness of the car at high speed. An updated exhaust, including a new Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) system, also provide a more distinguished soundtrack.
A new “Katsura Orange” hue joins the existing colour options and will be appearing the 2017 model when it becomes available in the autumn.