Hard-core NISMO receives upgrades similar to the standard GT-R After showing the latest version of the GT-R earlier this year, Nissan is now applying similar changes to the new and improved GT-R NISMO.
There are some advantages and disadvantages: The disadvantages are that there’s no more power than before since the same 3. 8-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes the same 600 hp.
The good news is that the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO interior gets the same upgrades as the standard GT-R.
The new cabin marks a significant improvement, although the NISMO version does without many of the standard GT-R’s luxurious interior bit. Nissan has cut the number of center-stack buttons from 27 to 11, and a new, larger 8.0-inch touchscreen can be operated via a console-mounted control knob. Microsuede decorates both, the dash and the redesigned steering wheel, and the Recaro seats have red microsuede inserts.
Speaking about the performance, the GT-R NISMO should be just as quick as before, in 2014 when it reached 60-mph from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds. It may be able to turn in faster lap times, though, because of the mildly upgraded chassis. The shocks, stabilizers, and springs are retuned to fit in the 2017 model’s tougher body structure. The VR38DETT twin-turbo V-6 untouched, as well as the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system.
Nissan assures us that many of the changes are functional. The larger V-Motion front grille collects more air, while the reinforcements to the hood help avoid deformation at high speeds. The 2017 model generates more downforce than before. The GT-R NISMO will be available in four exterior colors; you can choose between Super Silver, Solid Red, Jet Black, and Pearl White.
So what’s it like to drive? Nismo was tested at a soaking wet, freezing cold Silverstone and a surface doing a passable impression of an ice rink. It turned out to be brilliant. The tires are better suited to dry conditions, but yet the car drives as quickly as a hot hatch.
A serious price tag for a very serious car. Pricing should rise slightly from the current car’s $151,585 starting MSRP.