The 2017 Nissan GT-R is the long awaited supercar slash sports car that should bring some spunk to the road this year. The 2017 GT-R comes to us with a new front, rear and great new interior look. The outside changes are all good and well, but their main goal is to improve aerodynamics of the GT-R, which is actually even better, because that means we get a faster car! Also, besides the improved aerodynamics, Nissan even managed to tweak the GT-R’s engine, something not many car companies have done yet to that specific powertrain. Check out the engine specs for details on this.
Besides the regular GT-R, the 2017 model year will also offer a new and improved GT-R Nismo and Track Edition. Especially the Nismo is a sight for sore eyes and the Track Edition offers a more financially competitive version of the GT-R special edition.
So, the front and rear of the 2017 Nissan GT-R changed specifically for aerodynamic purposes. Besides that, there are some aesthetic changes as well, which to our opinion work really on the model.
To start off on the front, last edition’s trademark V-motion grille has been enlarged so the internal air vent can take in more air for cooling the engine. The grille pattern is a slightly different black mesh pattern and is also found below on the bumper. Then, the large splitter below the grille is larger and comes in a dark matte chrome, positively influencing the classy look of the front.
Finally, the hood features more prominent hood bulges and the foglights are situated in the far outer corners of the front.
The side remains practically the same, aside from the side skirts that have been enlarged for better air flow. Very close to the rear a new vertical air vent has been placed, a quirky addition.
Compared to the last Nissan GT-R, the 2017 rear makes a real statement. The edges are sharp and blocky and really grant the trust of not going airborne when hitting the pedal too much. The decklid and spoiler carry over from the predecessor, but the lower fascia is brand new. New license plate shape, new side air vents. The lower bumper is dark grey with an upside down V-motion grille in a lighter grey.
All in all, the 2017 Nissan GT-R actually looks a lot like the featherlight ultimate sports car 2017 Maserati Alfieri.
Then on to the interior, something to get really excited about. Our press images reveal a two-tone interior with a cognac coloured and black Nappa leather lay-out. Available colour schem on the GT-R Premium trim is Amber Red, Ivory or Rakuda Tan.
The dashboard is embellished by a larger infotainment screen, up to 8 inch from 7 inch last year. Also, the buttons around the infotainment screen have been cut down to eleven from 27. This overall makes for a whole different looking interior, much cleaner and less cluttery. Then, the shine is taken by the cool-looking three-spoke steering wheel, with a large GT-R logo in the middle. Behind it you can see some paddle shifters, a great addition to any sports car.
Standard sound system is a nine speaker and two subwoofer BOSE audio system.
The engine on the 2017 Nissan GT-R is the same as its predecessor’s. It’s a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 570 horsepower, which is 20 more than it was in previous models. On the other hand, it is about 30 hp less than the ominous and mindblowing 2017 Ford GT supercar, but that one has a price tag of over $400,000. According to Nissan, the engine is hand-crafted by one of their main technicians and he is also personally responsible for the increase in power. The turbocharger boost has been increased and each cylinder now has specifically controlled ignition timing.
Finally, there’s a six speed dual-clutch transmission box, with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It has been improved over the last year’s model and supposedly makes less noise and a smoother shift than last year.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will come standard with the NissanConnect SM with navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, but only in “some markets”. These functions provide the options of locking and unlocking the car by smartphone, activating or deactivating the alarm, tracking the car and calling emergency services. However, when we see this infotainment package is readily available on the spacious heavy duty pick-up, the 2017 Nissan Titan.
Price, release and sale date
The 2017 Nissan GT-R will come available this Summer in all markets. Pricing starts at $111,585. This is about $8,000 more than the starting price of the last Nissan GT-R. However, the titanium exhaust system that was optional at a premium of $12,000 on the last GT-R, is now standard on the new model.