The warrior makes a debut on home ground. The new Nissan GT-R NISMO raced down the Nürburgring for the first time today. One of the most challenging of tracks in the world, this is where Nissan GT-R’s potent performance was crafted and fine-tuned.
At one glance, the GT-R NISMO shares the likeness to the standard model with its refreshed fascia highlighted by a new bumper and the dark chrome V-motion grille that has been enlarged to let in more cool air, without affecting the GT-R’s aerodynamics. The hood has been reinforced to avoid deforming its optimized aerodynamic shape at extremely high speeds.
Where the GT-R NISMO is different from the ‘normal’ GT-R are in the front bumpers made of layers of carbon fiber, carefully put together with TAKUMI-like precision, and the canards that improve airflow around the wheelhouse and achieve more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date, which translates to exceptional high speed stability.
The 2017 GT-R’s refreshed interiors include a redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and center armrest covered with high-quality Alcantara®. Integrated navigation and audio controls have reduced the number of switches from 27 to only 11. While a new 8-inch touch-panel monitor has simplified operation with large display icons, a new Display command control on the carbon-fiber center console avoids the need of turning to it, especially during high speed driving. The GT-R NISMO gets the leather-appointed Recaro® carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.
For a car that is already at the peak of performance, improvement is so hard to come by. Still, the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has improved slalom times and cornering performance, both by nearly 2 percent from the previous model. The further stiffened body structure allowed the engineers to refine the GT-R NISMO’s shock absorbers, springs and stabilizers, which along with the added downforce make for a better handling car. The GT-R’s special Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable system features a special NISMO-tuned shock absorber that effectively reins the 592 horses from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 on the riding surface.
The Nissan GT-R NISMO is assembled in Tochigi, Japan, with the engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan. Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox and features two high-flow, large diameter turbochargers used in GT3 competition. In a personalized touch, an aluminum plate in the front of each engine spells the name of the TAKUMI engine craftsman. The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is available in five different exterior colours.
In the confident words of Hiroshi Tamura, the Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R, “With the 2017 GT-R as a starting point, the new NISMO version has become a more well-balanced machine, with not just increased performance, but a heightened premium feel overall. It is the result of our relentless pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure.”