2017 Nissan NISMO takes GT-R to next level. And it doesn't bend
The GT-R NISMO's front end features a freshened face highlighted by an aggressive new fascia. 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. A new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, allowing it to keep its aerodynamic shape. UThe front bumper of the GT-R NISMO feature layers of carbon-fiber sheets carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness.
Overall, the car's new shape generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date, resulting in exceptional high-speed stability.
The new GT-R NISMO also benefits from the 2017 GT-R's refreshed interior. The redesigned dashboard and steering wheel are covered with high-quality Alcantara suede. The center stack layout has been 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. An 8-inch touch-panel monitor featuring large icons on the display screen make it simple to use, while a new Display Command control on the carbon fiber center console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, thanks in part to the standard model's significantly reinforced body. The stiffened body structure allowed the engineers to further refine the GT-R NISMO's shock absorbers, springs and stabilizers, all of which, when combined with the car's added downforce, result in a better handling car than the previous model. This is evidenced by the car's improved slalom times and superior cornering performance, both up by nearly two percent from the previous model.
The GT-R's special Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable system – which utilizes multiple vehicle inputs to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control – features a special NISMO-tuned shock absorber that more effectively transfers the power of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, which produces 600 horsepower, to the road surface. Dubbed the "VR38DETT," the GT-R NISMO's engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and it features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition.
Despite its more potent nature, the new GT-R NISMO boasts better overall balance than before, evolving into a car that can be enjoyed on a winding mountain road, as well as on the local race circuit. ■