Nissan clearly knows what it’s doing with the GT-R.
The automaker revealed an significantly updated version of the supercar at the New York Auto Show this week, and while it’s not a completely redesigned model, it does everything it needs to do keep things fresh and then some. That says a lot given that Nissan’s managed to keep the GT-R at the top of its game since it debuted in 2007.
Nissan boasts that the car is sportier with a quiet interior and killer drive power. The GT-R gets a new, enlarged “V-motion” grille with a matte chrome finish and an upgraded front spoiler and bumpers.
The sportster keeps its signature four-ring taillights, but adds new aerodynamic design features, such as side air vents near the quad exhaust tips, improving air flow while the vehicle is in motion. Aside from that, the rest of the exterior mostly looks the same. Nissan says it keeps the established drag coefficient of 0.26.
New touches on the interior include a redesigned dash with a wrap-around instrument panel done in Nappa leather. The center dash control looses some buttons in favor of newly integrated navigation and audio control systems.
If we’re counting buttons (which Nissan is) the number drops from 27 to only 11. Nissan also made the touch panel an inch larger to account for this.
So design touches are great and all, but this is a GT-R. The real excitement of the latest model is that its 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine delivers a whopping 565 horsepower with 467 pound-feet of torque to go along with it. That’s a 20 hps and 4 lb-ft torque boost from the last model. The 6-speed dual clutch transmission is refined for smoother and quieter shifting. The shift paddles are now mounted on the new steering wheel. The ventilator controls are even reengineered for better sound.
If all that wasn’t enough, new colors are also available for 2017. “Blaze Metallic” aka orange on the outside, and a new Rakuda Tan on the Premium Edition interior.
The latest GT-R goes on sale this summer. Look for exact pricing to arrive soon.
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