This is the 2017 Nissan GT-R, but you already knew that since this generation has been around for like a decade, now which in car years makes it a very senior citizen, now keeping it young the company has continually improved this budget exotic over the years. Despite its age for 2017 they have made a raft of significant enhancements which I’m going to tell you all about, in this feature focus.
The GT-R is like a living legend it’s incredibly fast with almost inexhaustible amounts of grip, in this review I’m only covering the updates Nissan has made for 2017. As before a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 ignites a firestorm, for the new model year it delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound feet of torque. Compared to 2016, those figures have increased by 20. And four respectively you can thank tweaked ignition timing and extra boost for those gains. What’s especially cool about these engines is that they are hand-built by master technicians; in Japanese they’re called Takumi Tsunemi Ooyama.
A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the sole transmission which isn’t news, but the tuning is this gearbox has been reworked to deliver smoother shifts and quieter operation. And I can confirm that it’s quite civilized, though it will still bang through the gears when you wanted to. These nuts and bolts enhancement should help the GT-R keep pace with rivals like the Porsche 911 turbo, and 2017 Audi r8 all at a huge savings, this car right here cost about an $113,000 which is roughly 50 grand less than either of those German models.
Visual changes for 2017 include the addition of Nissan’s corporate Vmotion grill which in this case actually helps with cooling. There’s also a revised front bumper and spoiler lip pumped-up sills and even a new hood. Naturally the rear has received some attention. There are functional side vents next to the quad exhaust tips along with other minor changes, and altogether this car has a claim drag coefficient of just point 26 which is phenomenal, in comparison a Toyota Prius is rated at point 2:4.
Inside the 2017 Nissan GT-R features a complete lately redesigned dashboard one that’s covered, in a single piece of hand selected nappa leather and beautiful cowhides, spill across the door panels as well giving this interior a very premium look. Making things cleaner another significant update for 2017 is found on the center stack which has been greatly simplified, the number of switches has been reduced from 27 to just 11 also changed is the touch screen, which now spans eight inches up from seven before.
Thanks to different construction the front seats are lighter which an obvious benefit is, though they are still snug even for me, making them easier to access the shift paddles are now mounted on the steering wheel. These interior enhancements are her welcome making the cabin far more premium if not quite luxurious.
The GT-R may be ready for the old folks home but Nissan has done a commendable job keeping this low volume supercar highly desirable, and for Nissan GT-R 2017 it is more powerful comfortable, and premium than ever before and it’s just a shame that that I’ve got to drive it on public roads or an insult to its capability.
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