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Kez Casey | Sep, 02 2016 | 1 Comment

Nissan has announced full details of its twin-turbo, all wheel drive GT-R performance hero for Australia.

Billed as the most significant update to the R35 GT-R since its 2009 introduction, the 2017 model features revised styling, an updated interior, and (most importantly) more power from its 3.8 litre V6.

Australian buyers will be faced with a choice of three variants: Premium Edition, Premium Edition with Luxury Trim, and Track Edition Engineered By Nismo.

Under the bonnet the VR38DETT twin turbocharged V6 adds an extra 15kW to its tally bringing power up to 419kW at 6800rpm via increased boost pressure and ignition timing controlled at each individual cylinder - a party trick learned from the previous GT-R Nismo.

Mid-range acceleration above 3200rpm has also been improved, and peak torque (now rated at 632Nm, up 4Nm) is available over a wider rev range.

A new titanium exhaust has also been added for improved heat management, with a NACA duct in the GT-R’s undertray to direct air towards the rear muffler to help extract hot air.

Updated control parameters for the six-speed dual clutch transmission mean smoother low-speed shift performance, while the previous light-throttle torque reduction has been lifted to improve initial acceleration.

Nissan engineers have once again worked on the GT-R’s chassis, delivering enhanced cornering stability, and a smoother ride via the three-mode Bilstein DampTronic adjustable damper system.

Changes have also been made to the steering rack, for less urban effort without reducing steering responsiveness, while the windscreen frame forms part of a stiffer front end structure.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology in the cabin makes the GT-R a more comfortable place to be, in conjunction with added sound deadening material, and an acoustic windscreen.

The 2017 GT-R can be identified by its new bonnet, front bumper, headlights, and the addition of Nissan’s V-motion grille. The changes are more than just style oriented though, with improved aerodynamic performance from the redesigned front end.

The rear also picks up a new silver-finish diffuser and side air vents next to the exhaust tips, with a lower rear bumper that shares its design with the GT-R Nismo to improve airflow.

Interior changes see thinner seat foam utilised to reduce weight, reduced switch gear in the centre stack, improved forward visibility, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, and steering wheel paddles that move from the steering column to the steering wheel.

Changes to the Premium Edition mean less seat slippage and increased comfort on long hauls. Premium Edition with Luxury Trim steps up with semi-anline leather seats, or optional Nappa leather.

 

Pricing

GT-R Premium Edition $189,000
GT-R Premium Edition with Luxury Trim $195,000
GT-R Track Edition Engineered By Nismo $227,000

Prices include LCT and GST but exclude on-road costs

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