The latest 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has made its debut at the famous Nürburgring race course, known as the one of the longest and most challenging racetracks in the world. This is also the place where the Nissan GT-R’s potent performance was honed, tuned and developed.
Like the standard model, the GT-R Nismo’s front end features a freshened face that’s highlighted by a new bumper. And 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 at all times.
But unlike the standard model, the front bumpers of the GT-R Nismo are made of carbon fibre, crafted with Takumi-like precision where layers of carbon fibre sheets are carefully overlapped to achieve the ideal amount of stiffness. The canards have been designed to improve airflow around the vehicle and generate a high level of downforce, while at the same time, direct air around the wheelhouse to improve the aerodynamics. Overall, the car’s shape now generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date, which in turn results in exceptional high-speed stability.
The new GT-R Nismo also benefits from the 2017 GT-R’s refreshed interior, which possesses a more upscale feel than ever before.
The redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and centre armrest are covered with high-quality Alcantara leather. The dash layout has been improved and simplified via integrated navigation and audio controls (reducing the number of switches from 27 in the previous model to only 11) and an enlarged 8-inch touch-panel monitor that features large icons on the display screen to make it simple to use.
A new Display command control on the carbon fibre centre console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor – a feature that comes in handy when travelling at high speed. Unique to the GT-R Nissan are the leather-appointed Recaro carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.
The performance of the all-wheel-drive sports car 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 stabilisers, 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 2 percent from the past model). The GT-R’s special Bilstein DampTronic driver-adjustable system, which utilises multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations, features a special Nismo-tuned shock absorber that more effectively transfers the power of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6, which still produces a remarkable 600bhp, to the road surface.
Dubbed VR38DETT, the engine is the result of the expertise that Nismo has gained from participating in motorsports events around the globe. Mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it features a pair of high-flow, large-diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition.
As with the standard model, each GT-R Nismo motor is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by meticulously trained technicians, with an aluminum plate added to the front of each engine showing the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.
Despite its more potent nature, the new GT-R Nismo boasts better overall balance than before, evolving into a sports coupe that can be enjoyed on a winding mountain road as on the local race circuit.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is available in five different exterior colors. It is assembled in Tochigi, Japan, with the engines hand-assembled in Yokohama.
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