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Nissan Unveils 2017 GT-R Nismo At Nurburgring, Comes With 600 HP

Nissan’s GT-R received a facelift for the 2017 model year, and the Japanese automaker has now applied the changes to the Nismo version as well.
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While the engine remains at 600 HP, the exterior and interior of the GT-R Nismo have been modified. On an outer level, Nissan has supersized the “V-motion” front grille of the GT-R Nismo, as well as reinforcing the hood.

The modification applied to the latter was performed to prevent deformation while driving at high speeds, a feat which the GT-R is capable of sustaining.

The front bumper also comes with increased stiffness, as it has carbon fiber sheets placed in layers to improve this characteristic, while supporting the front canards.

Without the former, Nissan would not have been able to implement the canards that improve downforce on the front axle. All the changes described above make the new GT-R Nismo the Nissan with the most downforce to date.

The Nismo variant of the GT-R comes with a body that features an increased level of rigidity when compared to the standard model.

The enhancement allowed engineers that drove the prototype on the Nurburgring through its extensive testing procedure to improve the shock absorbers, stabilizers, and springs, all for superior handling and downforce. Thanks to the changes, Nissan announced a two-percent increase in cornering performance and slalom times when compared to the previous GT-R Nismo.

The VR38DETT engine, a 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo unit, comes with turbochargers developed in competitions and provides 600 HP (PS) at 6,800 rpm, with a peak torque figure of 481 lb-ft between 3,600 and 5,600 rpm. That’s 652 Nm of peak torque and 441 kW maximum output, if you want metric specifications.

Once inside, the occupants will find a redesigned dash and steering wheel, just like on the regular model with the facelift for the 2017 model year. On top of the standard model, customers of the Nismo GT-R get Recaro leather-trimmed seats with red suede inserts. Nissan imagined this version for a better overall balance, rather than just increased performance.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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