The 2017 Nissan GT-R made its global debut at the New York International Auto Show in March. This uber popular supercar has been updated with an exciting new look both inside and out, as well as receiving major driving performance enhancements – with exciting changes being a significantly reinforced chassis, and more power from its 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine. The updated GT-R has also been made more comfortable. In all, these revisions represent the most significant changes made to the model since it was introduced in 2007.
Nearly all of the visual changes made to the GT-R’s exterior were intended to improve aerodynamic performance; more specifically, enhanced aerodynamic efficiency in three key areas: downforce generation, drag reduction, and improved cooling of vital vehicle systems.
The centre dashboard layout has been improved and simplified, with the number of integrated navigation and audio controls reduced from 27 switches in the previous model to only 11 in the 2017 version. The navigation system controls and display have been placed slightly lower on the instrument panel for easier use and better forward visibility for both the driver and front passenger. Also, the redesigned navigation system layout has been improved, with the dials now machined from real aluminum alloy for better feel and operation. An enlarged 8” touch panel monitor features large icons on the display screen that allow the user to easily manage the audio system, navigation system, telephone controls, and other infotainment. For the United States, Canada, and China market, a telematics services is also available. The icon layout can be fully customised by the user’s preferences, and a new display command control on the carbon-fiber centre console allows for easy operation without having to touch the monitor – a feature that comes in handy when traveling at high speed.
Other convenient information features include the popular multifunction meter that allows the driver to customise the layout of important vehicle-specific performance parameters/information, including coolant temperature, engine oil temperature, engine oil pressure, transmission oil temperature, transmission oil pressure, and turbocharger boost pressure.
Paddle shifters have now been mounted directly to the newly designed steering wheel (as opposed to the steering column), which allows the driver to select gears of the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission without having to take his hands off the wheel during mid-turn.
Output for the GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine has been increased by 20 hp compared to last year’s model. It now delivers 419 kW at 6,800 r/min, thanks in part to an increase in boost pressure and an ignition-timing system that is controlled at each individual cylinder.
Another new feature to the GTR is a titanium exhaust system that better manages the high temperatures of the exhaust gas from the engine. The system includes a NACA duct on the vehicle’s undertray just forward of the muffler, which guides air into the rear diffuser section to help cool the muffler and evacuate hot air from within this section of the vehicle.