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.
The shift paddles are now mounted to the new steering wheel, allowing drivers to change gears in mid-turn without having to take their hands off the wheel. The paddles themselves, along with the ventilation controls, have improved feel and better sound when engaged or adjusted.
“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.