Now in its third year of availability, the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO delivers factory tuned supercar dynamics with advanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling. Developed by NISMO, the brand’s motorsport specialists, the GT-R NISMO model is available in very limited numbers in North America. The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO is highlighted by a fresh look inside and out, as well as driving performance enhancements.
“Last spring, our most exclusive and fastest road-going GT-R ever, the 2017 NISMO, made its global debut at the famed Nürburgring race course, where the Nissan GT-R’s potent performance was honed, tuned and developed,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.
The GT-R NISMO’s new dynamic styling is both attractive and functional. The new “V-motion” grille, one of Nissan‘s latest design signatures, has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, featuring pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, has been reinforced to enhance stability during high speed driving.
Unique NISMO body features include carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, black outside mirrors with red stripe and carbon fiber side sills and emblem treatment. The GT-R NISMO’s handmade dry carbon rear spoiler features a special coating that allows carbon fiber “weave” to be felt by the touch.
The new GT-R NISMO also benefits from the 2017 GT-R Premium’s refreshed interior. The redesigned dashboard and steering wheel are covered with high-quality Alcantara suede. NISMO racers influenced the design of the dark gray with red stripe steering wheel, with three spokes, red center mark and red stitching to give a strong combination of grip, feedback and comfort. Unique to GT-R NISMO are the leather-appointed Recaro seats with red synthetic suede inserts.
The center stack layout has been improved and simplified, with the number of integrated navigation and audio controls reduced from 27 switches in the previous model to only 11 in the 2017 version. In addition, an enlarged 8-inch touch-panel monitor a new Display Command control on the carbon fiber center console allows easy operation without having to touch the monitor.
The 2017 GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 is rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque – representing an increase of 35 horsepower and 14 lb-ft of torque versus 2017 GT-R Premium models. The engine’s high-flow, high-capacity turbochargers are similar to those used for GT3 racing and offer improved breathing. Optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump (versus standard models) help improve combustion. Each engine is hand-assembled from start to finish by a single, meticulously trained, technician called a Takumi – literally ‘master craftsman’ in Japanese. A special lightweight Titanium exhaust system is also now standard.
The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness. Additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) helps increase body shell rigidity.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo costs $176,585, including $1,595 in destination charges. And while that figure might seem exorbitant, it’s only about $10,000 more than last year’s GT-R Nismo, a mere smidgen in the world of six-figure supercars. And unlike the $188,100 Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan’s price is almost a case of what you see is what you get – paint is the only available option, with Super Silver carrying a $3,000 price tag and Pearl White demanding an extra $1,000.