June 1, 2016
Introducing the new 2017 Nissan GT-R, Precision and Performance
The 2017 Nissan GT-R has been updated with a new look, as well as receiving major driving performance enhancements in key areas, including a significantly reinforced chassis and more power from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter 24-valve V6.
Highlighting the front of the car are a redesigned hood, front bumpers, Daytime Running Lights, and a new matte chrome finish “V-motion” grille, enlarged to increase airflow to cool the engine without additional drag. Aerodynamic efficiency was enhanced in key areas: downforce generation, drag reduction and improved cooling of vital vehicle systems. The goal was to maximize cooling airflow, while keeping drag in check.
Stylish new Y-spoke forged alloy wheels by RAYS have been redesigned for the 2017 GT-R to offer better wheel balance, lighter weight, more strength and rigidity. Output for the GT-R’s engine has been increased by 20 hp compared to last year’s model, delivering 419kW at 6,800 rpm, thanks in part to an increase in boost pressure and an ignition-timing system.
The new changes result in improved acceleration in the mid-range (3200 rpm and above) with maximum torque output available across a wider range of the powerband. Dubbed the “VR38DETT,” the engine features plasma-sprayed bores for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, superior power output and fuel efficiency. Each engine is hand-assembled to end in a special clean room by meticulously trained technicians.
Also new is a titanium exhaust system that better manages the high temperatures of the exhaust gas from the engine. The system includes a NACA duct on the vehicle’s undertray just forward of the muffler, which guides air into the rear diffuser section to help cool the muffler and evacuate hot air from within this section of the vehicle.
Engine power is transferred to all four wheels of the GT-R via the world’s first independent rear transaxle called the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. During normal driving, the GT-R behaves like a rear-drive vehicle, with the torque split set at 0:100, but it can be adjusted up to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angle, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate.
At the test track, the new GT-R went four percent faster through the slalom than the previous model. Also, its straight-line stability at high speed (250 km/h) has been greatly enhanced while requiring less steering correction and inputs.