Nissan has unveiled its latest evolution of the R35 GT-R at the New York Auto Show today, showing off a redesigned front end that incorporates Nissan's latest design language, more performance via a 15kW/4Nm boost, better driveline refinement and a thoroughly reworked interior.
It's the most comprehensive update in the R35 GT-R's life, and likely the last one it will receive before it's phased out. To help send it off, Nissan has also wheeled out a special higher-tune model dubbed the "Track Edition engineered by NISMO" - a stepping stone between the regular GT-R and the hard core GT-R NISMO.
The updated GT-R will enter Australian GT-R dealerships in September this year as a 2017 model, and will be available in Premium Edition grade as well as the Track Edition. As we reported earlier, the GT-R NISMO is set to follow those models in early 2017.
Up front the GT-R wears a brand new snout, with wider air intakes for enhanced cooling and a new bonnet stamping. Deeper side skirts and new 20-inch alloy wheels are fitted at the sides, and the rear diffuser gets a silver accent to compliment the reprofiled bumper and new LED tail light lenses.
The exterior changes aren't just cosmetic: Nissan says they significantly improve the car's aero performance by cutting drag without sacrificing downforce or stability.
The GT-R's dashboard has come in for some significant plastic surgery, with a completely revised centre stack, an eight-inch touchscreeen infotainment display and the addition of a centre-console remote infotainment controller.
While the GT-R has, up until now, featured 27 individual switches on its dashboard, the new car has just 11.
The steering wheel is completely new and the front seats take on a new look. The paddle shifters for the six-speed twin clutch automatic have migrated from the steering column to the steering wheel, and the gearbox itself is better isolated to reduce driveline noise.
The 2017 GT-R sits on retuned suspension and chassis reinforcements increase structural rigidity to further enhance handling performance.
Power and torque rise by a modest 15kW and 4Nm respectively, but with peak outputs of 419kW and 632Nm you'd struggle to see a need for much more grunt.
The GT-R's hand-built 3.8 litre twin turbo six achieves its improved outputs largely through new tuning, which uses individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and a smidgin more turbo boost pressure.
A titanium exhaust (previously a costly NISMO option) is standard, and its sound is augmented by the car's stereo.
You'll need to wait until September to have one, however, and precise launch timing, pricing and specifications for our market have yet to be released.
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