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MODEL GETS COMPLETE MAKEOVER IN LATEST UPDATE
Nissan has unveiled the most significant changes to the new GT-R since the famous sports coupe was launched in 2007 with a complete makeover inside and out.
Revealed at the New York Motor Show, which runs until April, the GT-R’s exterior gets a complete makeover across the front end. The new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures.
It has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern. A new hood has been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated immediately below the headlamps give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred race car, while generating high levels of front downforce.
The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out to improve air flow. The rear of the car also received a thorough makeover. Inisde, the dashboard and instrument panel are new with the line from the instrument cluster to the centre console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for those behind the steering wheel.
“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve,” said Nissan executive design director, Mamoru Aoki.
“With the signature V-Motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its aerodynamics and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future.”
The GT-R’s award-winning 3.8-litre V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine — each unit handcrafted by its own technician — now delivers 419 kilowatts at 6800 rpm and 632Nm of torque. The improved output, which are the result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers, allow the new GT-R to possess superior acceleration in the mid- to high-ranges (3200 rpm and above).
It comes mated to a thoroughly refined six-speed dual-clutch transmission that features smoother shifts and less noise.
The GT-R tone also has been upgraded with titanium mufflers and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) of the driving experience.
A more rigid body structure and new suspension result in better stability through quick lateral transitions and higher cornering speed.