Nissan has unveiled an updated GT-R at the New York International Auto Show, introducing a fresh new look and other improvements for the 2017 model year.
The revision represents the most significant change to the flagship coupe since the model was first introduced a decade ago, bringing the nameplate into line with Nissan’s latest design language.
The front end has been thoroughly revamped with a new ‘V-Motion’ grille, enlarged to provide better airflow. A new hood features more pronounced character lines, blending into a reshaped bumper and front spoiler lip.
Engineers have pushed out the side sills to better manage airflow around the vehicle, while new side air vents now flank the quad exhaust tips. Altogether, the exterior design changes are said to improve stability at high speeds without affecting the GT-R’s 0.26 drag coefficient.
Designers worked to deliver a more premium interior, wrapping the reshaped dashboard in a seamless piece of Nappa leather. A thinner dash cushion layer and new seats help reduce weight.
Controls have been simplified, reducing the number of navigation and audio switches from 27 to just 11, while a larger eight-inch touchscreen replaces the existing seven-inch unit. The company also moved the paddle shifters to the new steering wheel, enabling drivers to easily change gears in mid-turn.
Changes for the 2017 model year are not merely limited to aesthetics and ergonomics. The GT-R’s beloved 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 has been tweaked to deliver 565 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 20 ponies and four lb-ft of twist — thanks to ignition-timing control of individual cylinders and extra boost. Engineers also revised the six-speed dual-clutch transmission for smoother shifts and less noise, while a new titanium exhaust system promises to sound better than ever.
The updated coupe brings a more rigid body structure and suspension revisions, providing higher cornering speeds and better stability during rapid lateral transitions. Despite the handling improvements, ride quality is said to be smoother than the outgoing edition. Active noise cancellation and new sound absorption materials further contribute to a quieter cabin.
Pricing will likely be announced closer to market arrival.
Live images by Brian Williams.