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New York 2016: Nissan GT-R gets a makeover

New York 2016: Nissan GT-R gets a makeover image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted March 24, 2016 02:53

More power, refinement arrive in 2017 Nissan GT-R

After teasing the motoring public of the refreshed flagship supercar last week, Nissan kept their promise and revealed the 2017 GT-R at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Nissan describes the updated supercar as their most significant makeover since 2007 and delivers refinement in its exterior, interior, driving performance, comfort and technology.

“This new GT-R is the most advanced, most refined and most progressive sports car that Nissan has ever built. And that is saying a lot,” said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing & Sales, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

Rear quarter of the 2017 Nissan GT-R

Starting from the outside, Nissan claimed it has a ‘new dynamic styling that is both attractive and functional’. Up front, it gets a reshaped bumper with a lip spoiler, larger V-Motion grill for better engine cooling and a slightly tweaked hood with more defined character lines. Moreover, it also has a new set of daytime running lights (DRLs).

The side profile relative carries over from the previous update apart from the slight kink on the front cooling vents. Also new are the gun-metal finished multi-spoke alloy wheels. The rear also relatively carries over except for the slightly modified rear fenders and addition of a new shark-fin antenna.

Completing the exterior revisions is a new paint finish called Blaze Metallic.

Aboard the 2017 Nissan GT-R

Stepping inside, a blanket of Nappa leather envelopes the cabin. The steering wheel, lower dashboard, door trim, seats and center console are upholstered in the said material, which adds a touch of class and comfort. It is also more ergonomic after Nissan claimed it now has only 11 switches, compared to the previous 27. Managing the in-car features is a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment which replaces the older 7-inch display. The paddle shifters are now mounted behind the steering wheel itself, allowing for quicker gear-changing.

For those that prefer additional class, the Premium Edition will be available with Aniline leather that will come in three hues: Rakuda Tan, Amber Red and Ivory.

Providing the necessary grunt is the familiar twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 that now produces 573 PS, an increase of 20 PS over the previous refresh. Exact torque figure was not revealed but Nissan did say it has a ‘flatter torque curve’ for better acceleration. It is still mated to the 6-speed dual clutch gearbox that delivers power to all four wheels.

The GT-R Badge

Standard on Premium Edition models will be a titanium exhaust system, along with the new Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement. A new acoustic glass and better sound deadening also help reduce wind and road noise for a better driving experience added Nissan.

“As the standard bearer for great Japanese engineering and design, the GT-R has always remained true to its Japanese character. It symbolizes Nissan's ability to set the agenda. From the onset, GT-R has pushed the envelope by combining the class and refinement of Grand Touring vehicles with the power and precision of a racing car. This new 2017 GT-R refines the legend in a most powerful way,” said Schillaci.