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Nissan Unveils Fresh, More Powerful 2017 GT-R Supercar in New York

Nissan Unveils Fresh, More Powerful 2017 GT-R Supercar in New York

By Philly Murtha, March 23, 2016

Today, Nissan introduced the latest generation of its halo supercar—the 2017 GT-R—at the New York Auto Show. The new model, which Nissan officials claim is the best GT-R in history, has a fresh, sportier look inside and out; offers better performance and handling; and is powered by a more energetic engine than the previous GT-R for extra performance and speed.

Nissan’s redone 2+2 supercar, called “Godzilla” by enthusiasts, features the most changes since the GT-R debuted in 2007. The GT-R Premium, first of four trim levels, will reach select GT-R Certified Nissan dealerships this summer. Pricing has not been revealed.

2017 Nissan GT-R Introduction at 2016 New York International Auto Show photoFirst styling changes include Nissan’s signature “V-motion” enlarged grille in matte chrome finish and updated mesh pattern. A redone hood, front spoiler, and bumpers give the GT-R more of a racecar look. The supercar’s signature 4-ring taillights remain but aerodynamic vents are added near the quad exhaust tips to improve air flow and performance, Nissan says.

The latest GT-R is powered by a 24-valve, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that generates a hefty 565 horsepower and 467 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s 20 more horses than the 2016 model’s power plant. Body construction is stiffer on the new model and there’s a new suspension for precise cornering and better handling. The new GT-R rides on 20-in., 15-spoke forged aluminum wheels. For the enthusiast, shift paddles are now mounted to the steering wheel, allowing the driver to change gears in mid-turn without taking hands off the wheel.

Inside the cabin, the dashboard is redesigned and simplified with an instrument panel wrapped in stitched Nappa leather. Front seats have been revised and simplified for comfort. Advanced technologies are incorporated with navigation, connectivity, and the new supercar features an updated, simpler infotainment system with a larger 8-in. screen.

Color choice for the GT-R has been expanded as well. A Blaze Metallic 4-coat orange is added to the exterior paint palette. The interior of the Premium Edition features semi-aniline leather and is available in new Rakuda Tan or Amber Red plus Ivory.

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