The GT-R Nismo is very popular due to its supercar-like performance which comes at an affordable price. The model is rated as the 5th fastest road-going production car with a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap of 7:08 minutes. When Nissan upgraded the GT-R, we all knew it would be just a matter of time before the automaker refreshed the Nismo version of the GT-R.
However, many people will be saddened to learn that while the standard GT-R has got more power under the hood, the Nismo comes with a similar output as the outgoing model. Read along to find out more:
2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Exterior
Most of the new touches on the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo are based on the changes we saw on the standard GT-R. The front fascia looks more aggressive and features a larger “V-motion” grille with a dark chrome finish. The grille is integrated with the “NISMO” logo in chrome and red. Its hood has also been reinforced to avoid deforming at high speeds which was experienced with the outgoing models.
The headlights are unchanged. The bumper looks more aggressive and features layers of carbon-fiber sheets which improve its stiffness. The automaker has also revised its air intakes for better airflow. The bumper is also integrated with DRLs which are mounted in carbon-fiber outlets.
Its side sills, rear wing and diffuser are made with carbon-fiber. Just like the outgoing model, the 2017 GT-R Nismo features red accenting on the lower grille, front bumper, side mirrors, side sills and the rear diffuser. The model rides on 6-spoke lightweight wheels. The rear has also been upgraded to add more down force to enable the model to remain stable even when cruising at high speeds.
Dimensions remain unaltered with a length of 184.6 inches, a width of 74.6 inches and a height of 53.9 inches. The wheelbase also remains unchanged at 109.4 inches. The exterior will be offered in 4 exterior color finishes i.e. Solid Red, Super Silver, Pearl White and Jet Black.
2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Interior
On the inside, Nissan has made the same changes it did to the standard GT-R. The changes include a revised dash which features a new 8.0-inch touch-screen display. This touch-screen is used to control many functions resulting in a cleaner dash. The display has enabled Nissan to reduce switches to 11 from 27 in the outgoing GT-R Nismo.
Its Recaro sports seats are wrapped in leather and features suede-like inserts while the dash and its 3-spoke steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara. On the other hand, the center console is made with carbon-fiber. The door panels, dash, gear shifter and seat bolsters feature an attractive contrast stitching which makes the cabin look lovely.
Engine Specs and performance
When Nissan updated the standard GT-R engine, I thought the automaker would also tweak the GT-R Nismo mill but Nissan has kept things as they were with the outgoing model. The car still derives its juice from a turbocharged 3.8 L, V-6 mill which produces 600 hp at 6800 rpm and 481 lb-ft of torque from 3600 rpm to 5600 rpm. The mill is paired with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox. The model accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph.
The automaker has however upgraded its chassis with improved shock absorbers, stabilizers and springs which has improved its handling. If you want to get more from your GT-R Nismo, you can spend some extra bucks on the “N-Attack Package” which improves a number of engine components and makes the car stiffer. This package is only available for USA buyers.
Price and release date
Nissan has not made public the GT-R Nismo’s price. However, the automaker could slightly increase the price from the current model’s MSRP of $ 151,585. Sales of the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo will start this fall.
Biggest rivals to the GT-R Nismo will be the new models of the McLaren 570S Coupe and Porsche 911 Turbo.