The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its debut at the renowned Nürburgring race course, which is known to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world. In fact, Nürburgringwas the place where the Nissan team designed, tuned and refined the GT-R.
Like the conventional model, the GT-R NISMO’s front end has been thoroughly revamped with a new bumper, while the dark chrome V-motion grille has been enlarged to allow in more air to cool the engine without compromising the car’s aerodynamic performance. A new significantly reinforced hood avoids deformation at extremely high speeds, allowing the model to retain its aerodynamic shape at all times. Unlike the normal Nissan GT-R, the NISMO’s front bumpers are fashioned with great precision from layers of carbon-fiber sheets to get the right degree of stiffness. The canards have been designed to optimize airflow and increase downforce in addition to directing air around the wheelhouse. The new shape of the model makes it the Nissan model with the highest downforce to date and one with extraordinary stability even at high speeds.
Theinteriors too have been thoroughly revamped. High-quality Alcantara leather is used to cover the redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and center armrest . Navigation and audio controls have been integrated into the center dash layout to reduce the number of switched from 27 to 11. A bigger touch-panel monitor with bigger display icons is very handy for drivers. Another unique feature is the leather-appointed Recaro® carbon bucket seats with red Alcantara inserts.
From a performance perspective, the reinforced body, further refinement of the springs, stabilizers and shock absorbers and the increase in downforce all contribute to making the handling much better in comparison to the previous model. This is reflected in almost 2 per cent improvement in the NISMO’s slalom times and cornering performance. The GT-R’s special Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable system—which utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations—features a special NISMO-tuned shock absorber for transferring power from the powerful twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine with a remarkable output of 441kW (600PS) , to the road surface. Named “VR38DETT,” the GT-R NISMO’s engine makes significant use of the expertise that NISMO derived from several motorsports events. It is paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox and features a pair of high-flow, large diameter turbochargers that are normally employed in GT3 competition.
As in the case of the standard model, each GT-R NISMO engine is assembled by hand by expert technicians, with an aluminum plate added to the front of each engine showing the name of the TAKUMI engine craftsman.
The new GT-R NISMO has better overall balance than before, and has turned into a car that performs just as well on the road as it does on the race circuit.
“The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the ‘R’ in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing makes it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver. With the 2017 GT-R as a starting point, the new NISMO version has become a more well-balanced machine, with not just increased performance, but a heightened premium feel overall. It is the result of our relentless pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure,” said Hiroshi Tamura, the Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R NISMO and the standard GT-R.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is assembled in Tochigi, Japan and is available in five different exterior colors, while the engines are hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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