2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO Unveiled, Raring to Go
Nissan unveiled its “racetrack ready” 2017 GT-R NISMO at Germany’s challenging and longest Nurburgring race course. NISMO, which stands for Nissan Motorsports International Ltd., is the automaker’s performance and motorsports division. NISMO’s newest GT-R features a fresh, more aggressive front fascia and an enlarged grille to cool the hand-built potent engine, along with carbon fiber material additions to the front bumper and a reshaped hood to help the car better endure extreme speeds, according to Nissan. Available in four exterior paint colors—black, silver, white, and red—the new 2017 GT-R NISMO will go on sale in the fall.
Inside, “Godzilla’s” cabin has a refreshed interior with redesigned dashboard and steering wheel covered in Alcantara suede that is similar to the version exhibited at the New York Auto Show this year. The center stack has been simplified with fewer navigation and audio control switches—11 instead of 27. A larger 8-in. monitor features bigger icons, and new display controls allow for easier operation, the automaker says. Leather Recaro seats are redone with red synthetic suede inserts.
Performance has been upgraded in the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO midsize premium sporty car, which is powered by a hand-assembled, twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-6 engine that generates a hefty 600 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque, when partnered with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. That’s an increase from the 565-horsepower engine on the base GT-R. Also, engineers have worked to develop a stiffer body structure and refined shocks, springs, stabilizer bars, and adjustable Bilstein dampers for better handling, the company states. Nissan claims that slalom racing times improve for the new GT-R NISMO, which is assembled in Tochigi, Japan.