Following on immediately from the launch of the 2017 Nissan GT-R, Nismo has got its hands on the GT-R and cranked it up even further.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R benefits from a raft of updates over its predecessor (which can read about here) and in order to continue the hype, the track-focused Nismo edition is now ready to blast some lap records. The 2017 Nismo edition has the new visual keys from the standard GT-R, like the restyled front bumper. Nismo cranks things up a notch with enlarged grilles, a reinforced bonnet that doesn’t warp at high speed and canards underneath the Daytime LEDs that improve downforce and airflow. The overall shape and plethora of carbon fibre winglets and splitters mean this car generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car.
The interior also features more upmarket materials. Alcantara leather has been splashed around on bits like the armrest and steering wheel. The number of switches inside the cabin has been reduced from 27 to 11 in order to simplify its use. Unique to the GT-R NISMO are the leather-appointed Recaro carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.
The 2017 car’s more rigid structure has allowed the Nismo engineers to further tweak the Nismo’s shock absorbers, springs and stabilizers all of which, are said to improve handling prowess. The official result from Nismo is 2% improved cornering ability compared to the previous Nismo.
The 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine is beefed up from the standard 419 kW to a hefty 441 kW along with 652 Nm of torque. The engine features a pair of large diameter turbochargers that are similarly used on the GT3 race car. Power is directed to the tarmac via a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The Nismo will be offered in 5 colours and is exclusively hand-assembled in Japan. Nismo also notes that because the 2017 GT-R is a more balanced car than before, this Nismo version is more capable of tackling a real road or mountain pass, not just track times.