GT-R NISMO released at Nurburgring 24-Hour Endurance Race
Nissan revealed the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO updates yesterday at the Nurburgring where it will be competing this weekend in the Annual 24-hour Nurburgring Endurance race.
The GT-R NISMO will be going on sale along with the rest of the updated 2017 GT-R range that was first unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year.
Like the stock GT-Rs, the Nismo receives several updates both inside and out. While there are not any updates to the performance of the vehicle, it has a stiffer ride and produces more downforce.
Starting with the exterior of the vehicle, the front face is updated with an enlarged grille opening and a tougher hood that is less prone to the effects of the wind at high speed. The front bumper also takes on a more aggressive look and a new design for the splitter. This works with the canards to further improve down force while directing air away from the front wheel arches.
By refining the shock absorbers, springs and stabilizers, engineers were able to further reinforce the GT-R’s body. Shock absorbers were a special NISMO-tuned design that improves power transfer to the ground.
Suspension changes in combination with improved down force improves the GT-R NISMO’s handling. Nissan claims an improvement of 2 percent in cornering and slalom tests. The company also claims that the vehicle is also more balanced than before.
Power for the GT-R NISMO comes from the familiar 3.8-liter V6, which puts out 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Power is to all four wheels through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. By comparison, the stock GT-R has 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet on tap.
Inside of the NISMO, changes are the same to the regular 2017 GT-R. The dashboard has been redesigned and a new 8-inch touchscreen replaces many of the buttons in the previous model. According to Nissan, there are now 11 switches doing what was previously done with 27.
For those who want the most performance, there is the N-Attack Package. This makes the car even stiffer as a result of updates to some of the drivetrain components. The GT-R NISMO that set the record of 7:08.679 in 2013 on the Nurburgring was fitted with the N-Attach package.
Pricing and availability will be announced closer to launch at the end of the year.