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The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Unveiled

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Unveiled

This may not be the most exciting rollout ever, but the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo does arrive with some notable updates (and no, a power boost isn’t one of them.)

Nissan took the wraps off its updated 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo on Friday ahead of the 24-hour Nurburging race this weekend.  Nissan’s performance flagship comes with upgrades similar to the standard GT-R Nissan rolled out at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

No, it doesn’t get a power boost, but since it’s at 600-horses already we’re not complaining. But Nissan says it’s tweaked the car’s body to deliver better performance and that includes its more aggressive-looking front bumper. Unlike the standard model, the front bumper of the GT-R NISMO features layers of carbon-fiber sheets carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness.

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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. Hood reinforcements help avoid deformation at high speeds allowing it to keep its aerodynamic shape, and the new model generates more downforce than before.  Nissan says all of this helps the car handle better with a 2 percent improvement in slalom and cornering tests. 

Like the GT-R, the interior finally takes a turn to the modern side. Nissan has reduced the number of center-stack buttons from 27 to 11, and a new, larger 8.0-inch touchscreen can also be operated via a console-mounted control knob. Microsuede adorns the dash and the redesigned steering wheel, and the Recaro seats feature red microsuede inserts.

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Under the hood there’s the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 as its predecessor. Along with the 600-horses it delivers 481 pound-feet of torque. The regular GT-R has 565 hp and 467 lb-ft. It’s four-wheel drive with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The GT-R NISMO will be offered in four exterior colors – Super Silver, Solid Red, Jet Black, and Pearl White – and pricing should rise slightly from the current car’s $151,585 starting MSRP.


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Photo Credit: Nissan