After the upgraded version of the standard GT-R we saw at NYIAS in March, Nissan presents now an upgraded version of the hardcore GT-R NISMO.
Before talking about the different details between the two versions, if you were waiting for a more powerful Godzilla, unfortunately, the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO comes with the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine delivering 600hp (yeah, this is not bad, but it surely could be much better).
The Godzilla’s heart is the same while the exterior got some new details but if you don’t look carefully you won’t notice. The front bumper is now more (a little bit) aggressive than before and features more carbon fiber, the dark chrome “Vmotion” grille has been enlarged to collect more air while at the rear we can see new exhaust tips. Also, a new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, allowing it to keep its aerodynamic shape.
Just with these few improvements, Nissan claims that the new GT-R Nismo produces more downforce than the predecessor and thanks to the stiffened body structure and upgraded shock absorbers, springs, and stabilizers, it is more enjoyable. In comparison to the last version, the 2017 model’s slalom times and cornering performance have been improved by 2%.
Inside, the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO features a redesigned dashboard and steering wheel covered with high-quality Alcantara suede. The number of controls in the center stack has been reduced from 27 to 11 while the car featured an 8-inch touch screen. A new Display Command control on the carbon fiber center console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor. The NISMO boasts also Recaro seats with red synthetic suede inserts.
The Nissan GT-R NISMO will be offered in four exterior colors – Super Silver, Solid Red, Jet Black, and Pearl White.
“The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the ‘R’ in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing make it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver. 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 ongoing pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure,” said Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist, GT-R.