2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO Now Available in Japan
The 2017 GT-R Nismo went on sale in Japan last week. But what can we expect from the facelifted, more powerful Godzilla?
It was unveiled in May this year and Nissan fans in Japan can now officially place orders for the much-anticipated 2017 GT-R Nismo.
Prices start from 18,700,200 Yen (AU$243,751) for the all-out Nismo version, while 13,699,800 Yen (AU$173,573) will get you the “Track Edition engineered by Nismo” – which has been created to fill the gap (if one exists) between the standard GT-R and the Nismo model.
The Track Edition, according to Nissan, is “a fusion of Nissan GT-R Nismo’s rigid body structure and suspension, with the specifications and form of the GT-R standard model.”
But if you’re a Nissan fan, or even a fan of cars in general, the GT-R needs no introduction, and the 2017 model is no exception. It boasts exclusive styling and extra oomph.
On the design front, there’s a carbon-fibre front bumper (with additional engine-cooling features); a stronger bonnet to prevent deformation at high speeds; optimised aerodynamics; and updated suspension. The result is that the 2017 GT-R “generates more downforce than any other Nissan production car to date”.
On the inside, focus is placed firmly on the driver. There’s an eight-inch touchscreen monitor; a carbon-fibre centre console – which hosts Nissan’s new Display Command Control; and a new steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Alcantara leather-finished Recaro bucket seats finish off what is a sophisticated looking cockpit.
Finally, when it comes to power, the 2017 GT-R Nismo doesn’t disappoint. Despite using the same hand-built 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine as the standard GT-R, the Nismo version produces an extra 30-horsepower. That means it’s churning out close to 600-horsepower, which is pushed to all four wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
While we still don’t know exact timings or pricing details for the Australian GT-R Nismo, one has been confirmed by Nissan Australia, and reports are speculating that a debut at next year’s Bathurst 12-Hour is a possibility.