Wraps on 2017 Nissan GT-R Facelift taken off at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2016

Nissan has unmasked the new MY2017 Nissan GT-R at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, representing the most noteworthy revision of the Japanese carmaker’s flagship super sports car since its launch in 2007.

Thanks to Active Noise Cancellation technology and new sound absorption materials – like an acoustic glass windshield -- the new GT-R offers a smoother ride than its predecessor.

The sophistication found on the exterior of the new GT-R is continued particularly with the availability of new colors, like the “Blaze Metallic” orange color that is applied using a special four-stage process.

The GT-R Premium Edition features semi-aniline leather, which is available in three colors: Rakuda Tan, Amber Red and Ivory.

In select markets, the 2017 GT-R is laden with with NissanConnectSM -- with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services -- that allows remote locking or unlocking the car doors and alarm activation through a smartphone. This service also allows users to call for emergency services or even track the GT-R if it is stolen.

Exterior Design

The revisions start off with a comprehensive revamp of the GT-R’s exterior. For instance, the new “V-motion” grille design signature is now slightly larger, allowing it to better cool the engine. This grille is now finished in matte chrome with an updated mesh pattern.

Furthermore, the new Nissan GT-R now features a new hood with more pronounced character lines that flow seamlessly from the grille. This new hood has been reinforced to improve vehicle stability during high-speed driving.

Likewise, the new Nissan GT-R now boasts of race car looks and high levels of front downforce, thanks to a revised front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers placed below the headlamps. While the GT-R still retains its aerodynamic shape that defines its profile, its side sills are now pushed out to direct air flow around the car.

On the rear, the signature four-ring taillights of GT-R are retained and now matched by new rear bodywork as well as functional side air vents placed just next to the quad exhaust tips. Nissan also raised the beltline between the body panel and the lower black section to make the new GT-R appear wider and more aggressive even from the rear.

All of these revisions have resulted to a sportier car that is aerodynamically efficient and stable even at high speeds, while giving the vehicle a drag coefficient of 0.26.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the new Nissan GT-R is fitted with a revised and premium interior. For instance, it comes with a new dashboard that now includes an instrument panel wrapped in a seamless piece of Nappa leather stitched with Takumi-style precision.

This new dashboard features a shape that adopts a “horizontal flow” for a sense of high stability for front occupants. Also, the line between the instrument cluster and the center console paves the way for a driver-oriented environment.

Likewise, the cushion layer of the instrument panel leather now features a new, thinner material to save weight while the front seats are now also much lighter. More importantly, Nissan has now improved and simplified the layout of the center dashboard with switches for integrated navigation and audio controls now reduced from 27 to just 11.

Nissan also replaced the seven-inch display with an eight-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor with larger icons on the display screen. Additionally, the carbon-fiber center console now comes with a new Display Command control to allow for easy operation.

To enable drivers to change gears while cornering or turning without having to take their hands off the steering wheel, Nissan has mounted shift paddles on it. These paddles are paired with reengineered ventilator controls and now boast of enhanced feel and sound.

Powertrain

Serving as the core of the 2017 Nissan GT-R is a more powerful 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine handcrafted by Takumi technicians.

It now delivers 20 hp more output (to 565 hp) at 6,800 rpm and 4 lb-ft of torque (to 467 lb-ft of torque) than its predecessor – thanks to individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders as well as extra boost from the turbochargers.

These elements also allow the new GT-R to achieve a superb acceleration performance even in mid- to high-ranges (3,200 rpm and above). Transmitting power from the engine to the wheels is a quieter and smoother six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Superbly demonstrating the dynamism and power behind the new Nissan GT-R is the new lightweight titanium exhaust system and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE). For model year 2017, Nissan has further enhanced the already vaunted handling and cornering abilities of the GT-R.

Road stability comes courtesy of a more rigid body structure and new suspension while grip is taken care of by GT-R tires wrapping new 20-inch 15-spoke forged aluminum wheels. With these improvements, the new GT-R has become very comfortable -- even more than all its predecessors – while still living up to its name as a high-performance supercar.

Press Release

NISSAN GT-R UNDERGOES SIGNIFICANT TRANSFORMATION, ARMED WITH A FRESH NEW LOOK AND MORE POWER

Nissan unveiled the new 2017 GT-R at the New York International Auto Show today, highlighted by a fresh look inside and out, as well as major driving performance enhancements and key new features. All told, this is the most significant change to Nissan’s flagship super sports car since it was introduced in 2007.

The 2017 GT-R’s exterior receives a thorough makeover. The new “V-motion” grille, one of Nissan’s latest design signatures, has been slightly enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, featuring pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, has been reinforced to enhance stability during high-speed driving. A freshly designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred racecar, while generating high levels of front downforce.

The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to direct air flow around the vehicle. Styling and air flow enhancements continue in the rear, where GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights are paired with new rear bodywork, along with functional side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. The beltline between the lower black section and the body panel has been heightened to make the car look wider and more aggressive from the rear.

These exterior changes result in a sportier and sharper looking car – as well as an aerodynamically efficient one with more stability at high speeds, while keeping a 0.26 drag coefficient.

In the cabin is a redesigned, premium interior befitting a high-performance super sports car. The entire dashboard is new, including an instrument panel wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather artfully stitched with Takumi-style precision. The shape of the dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” to deliver a sense of high stability for front seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the center console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for the driver. The cushion layer of the instrument panel leather has been updated with a new, thinner material to reduce weight, and the front seats themselves are also lighter, thanks to a new side-support construction method that provides greater comfort and support on long drives.

The center dashboard layout is improved and simplified. Integrated navigation and audio controls reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous car to just 11 in the 2017 model. An 8-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor replaces the 7-inch one and now features large icons on the display screen, while a new Display Command control on the carbon-fiber center console also allows easy operation.

The shift paddles are now mounted to the new steering wheel, allowing drivers to change gears in mid-turn without having to take their hands off the wheel. The paddles, paired with reengineered ventilator controls, feature improved feel and sound when engaged or adjusted.

“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve. With the signature V-motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future,” said Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Global Design Center, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each unit handcrafted by its own Takumi technician – now delivers 565 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft of torque, representing an increase of 20 HP and 4 lb-ft, respectively, from last year’s model.

The increases, which are the result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers, allow the new GT-R to possess superior acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges (3200 rpm and above). It comes mated to a thoroughly refined 6-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise. The aggressive GT-R engine sound has never sounded better. The resonance of the new lightweight titanium exhaust system and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) enhance the driving experience, especially during acceleration.

The GT-R has always been regarded as one of the world’s best handling machines and for 2017 its cornering abilities have become even better. A more rigid body structure and new suspension allow the GT-R’s tires, wrapped around new 20-inch 15-spoke forged aluminum wheels, to hold the road surface better, giving it better stability through quick lateral transitions and higher overall cornering speed.

Along with all the performance enhancements, the 2017 GT-R is the most comfortable example to date, with a new sense of elegance and civility rare in such a high-performance supercar. The new GT-R exhibits a smoother ride quality than the outgoing model, and its cabin remains much quieter at all speeds thanks to Active Noise Cancellation technology and new sound absorption materials, including an acoustic glass windshield.

“The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times, on any road, for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the limit – it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, refinement has been added to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist, GT-R, Z and NISMO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

New for the 2017 GT-R are fresh colors inside and out that complement the car’s sophisticated character. A “Blaze Metallic” orange color, applied with a special four stage process, has been added to the exterior paint palette. The interior of the Premium Edition, featuring semi-aniline leather, offers three different options: the newly added Rakuda Tan, as well as Amber Red and Ivory.

In select markets, the new GT-R comes with NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services that allows users to use a smartphone to remotely lock or unlock the car doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car if it is stolen.

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