NISMO takes Nissan GT-R to new levels

Race inspired attributes make for easy handling on track and road

Published: May 27, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:27 PM

2017 Nissan Nismo GT-R

Nissan has unveiled its latest GT-R, a NISMO version that was honed and developed at the famed Nürburgring race course at which it was unveiled.

Design cues beyond the more docile GT-R are subtle, with the most apparent being a freshened and more aggressive face featuring a larger grille (meant to collect more air for the 600-hp twin turbo 3.8-litre V-6) and better aerodynamics (meant to improve airflow around the car and provide more downforce than the regular GT-Rs). On the subject of the latter, the car is reportedly the most aerodynamic vehicle Nissan has ever produced.

The engine features two high-flow turbochargers from GT3 competition, and is hand assembled by expert technicians in a special clean room in Yokohama, Japan (the rest of the car is assembled in Tochigi, about 150 km north). The craftsman adds his name to an aluminum plate displayed on the front of the engine.

The body structure of the new GT-R NISMO has been significantly reinforced to upgrade all-wheel drive performance. In turn, it allowed further refinement of shocks, springs and stabilizers to significantly improve balance and handling over the previous model (further enhanced by the improved aerodynamics). Slalom times and cornering performance are reportedly improved by nearly 2%, aided by the Bilstein DampTronic driver adjustable system for control in a variety of driving situations.

“The GT-R NISMO emphasizes the 'R' in its nomenclature. Its direct ties with racing make it at home on any racetrack, providing the highest levels of excitement and exhilaration for the driver,” said Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R. “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 ongoing pursuit of ultimate driving pleasure.”

Inside, the 2017 GT-R interior is enhanced with leather Recaro seats with red synthetic suede insert. Otherwise, it features the new interior that reduces the number of controls, a larger central display screen and a new command control on the centre console so the driver doesn’t have to touch the screen. And it’s all wrapped up in refreshed instrument panel and steering wheel covered in grippy Alcantara.