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News on the new Nissan GT-R

News on the new Nissan GT-R

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We had mentioned a while ago that Nissan were planning to refresh their inimitable GT-R and will be showing it at the New York Auto Show next March. Well it seems more news and a new video has leaked ahead of time.

You know how much we love a video and this one is a good one!

2017 Nissan GT-R
So what do we know? While the original character of the GT-R is still present, it has evolved somewhat in this new design. There is a definite look of the Lexus LFA about that new front end. A new shape grille, new headlights, new hood shape, lower sill and splitter all look the part. The vents at the back look closer to the NISMO version, which is very cool.

The main body shape is still very familiar though, with hood vents, sloped rood, tidy trunk spoiler and rear taillights. The updates are obvious, but do a lot to bring the GT-R up to date given how long it has been with us.

Under that vented hood is the same 3.8-litre turbocharged engine but it has been tweaked and uprated to 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. A new titanium exhaust helps expel the air the new grille lets more air in, allow free movement right through the system.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R will also feature a six speed dual-clutch transmission, four wheel drive with the Attesa E-TS all-wheel drive system to provide somewhere for all that power to go. The drive system can put all power to the rear wheels or any variation between 50% at either end. All controlled by a very clever ECU that controls everything to the nth degree.

To keep it all under control, both the chassis and suspension have both seen improvements. The body is also stiffer to provide more control over body roll and cornering, all without adding any weight. Even the windshield and trunk have improved rigidity this time round!

Further improvements with the shocks, steering and driving modes offer sharper steering and more responsive control. While I would have thought it impossible to improve the drive of the GT-R, Nissan have apparently done that very thing.

Interestingly, Nissan are also adding active noise cancellation that uses microphones placed within the cabin to cancel out annoying low frequency sounds. I always thought the sounds from within the cabin were one of the best things about this car!

We expect to see and hear more about the 2017 Nissan GT-R later this year. As soon as we know more, you will too. In the meantime, check out the current model. It’s one of the best cars you can drive, period. Visit Collins Nissan, 155 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 1H3 to see what I mean.

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