The insanely quick MY17 Nissan GT-R.
The insanely quick MY17 Nissan GT-R.

Ridiculously quick MY17 Nissan GT-R arrives

GODZILLA still roars with raw energy, but the 2017 model year Nissan GT-R arrives with elements of refinement.

This latest addition to the Nissan GT-R legacy has more power, improved aerodynamics and better engine cooling - yet maintains its 0-100kmh time of 2.7 seconds.

Prices have risen, and there is now a new three-tier specification. The Premium starts from $189,000 before on-roads (up from $172,000), while Premium Luxury Trim is $195,000, and the racetrack version that has been honed by Nissan's motorsport arm Nismo is $227,000 (the outgoing Black Edition was $182,500).

Those prices may cause many to wince, but Nissan's GT-R is really the working man's supercar. Especially when you consider the likes of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S ($354,300), Audi R8 V10 quattro ($354,616), Ferrari 488 GTB ($469,988), Mercedes-AMG GT S ($294,325), Porsche 911 Turbo S (from $478,000) or maybe the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 ($428,000).


The MY17 Nissan GT-R.
The MY17 Nissan GT-R.

Despite having similar looks as the outgoing model, Nissan has analysed every millimetre of its hero car.

GT-R guru Hiroshi Tamura was at Phillip Island for the Australian launch event, where he emphasised the changes really are "the sum of many, many new parts". Collectively, the tweaks and adjustments provide the GT-R with the most significant upgrade since the R35 version that was first launched in 1989.

The MY17 version has seen luxury take a step forward. There is leather trim on the dash, doors and seats, along with the carbon fibre centre cluster combine provide improved sophistication.

Yet its the power and on-road prowess which remains most astounding. The acceleration remains brutal.

When you put down the hammer it flings you into the seat back.


The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition. Daniel Kalisz Photographer

Although its not all acceleration with a sledgehammer. Key changes to the suspension and body shell mean less roll in the bends, and steering alterations also mean razor-sharp steering which is accurate and insanely responsive.

Tackling the ridiculously quick Phillip Island circuit, the GT-R proved outstanding adept. Carrying obscene speeds into the twisty stuff, the brakes using Brembo monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers never faded as this four-wheel masterpiece made the mundane drivers look like driving geniuses.

Base Premium models come with 20-inch alloys, eight-inch colour touch-screen with sat nav, Bose 11-specaker audio system with noise cancelling function, various vehicle data display functionality, full Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone air con, cruise control and heated electric adjustable front seats.


Inside the MY17 Nissan GT-R cockpit.
Inside the MY17 Nissan GT-R cockpit.

Premium Luxury models gain the upgraded leather trim with a range of colour options.

Track models come honed by Nismo, the in-house tuning, motorsports and performance division of Nissan, and also get additional bonding on spot welds for more ridged and precise suspension under load, special front and rear suspension set-up, big carbon rear spoiler, Recaro seats, black leather with contrasting red stitching throughout the cabin, larger front guards to make way for suspension changes and a wider wheel width (up to 10 inches from 9.5).

Untrained eyes may struggle to differentiate the MY17 from its predecessor, but closer inspection reveals a host of changes.

Most prominent is the larger "V-motion" grille and a new bonnet. Other tweaks include new side air vents in the quad exhaust tips, silver finished rear diffuser...all in the name of aerodynamics and downforce.

Exterior colours include a new metallic orange, as well as blue, silver, red, black, ivory and gun metallic.


The MY17 Nissan GT-R cabin.
The MY17 Nissan GT-R cabin.

Vital statistics

Model: 2017 Nissan GT-R.

Details: Two-door four-seat all-wheel drive supercar.

Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 generating maximum power of 419kW @ 6800rpm and peak torque of 632Nm @ 3300-5800rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed dual clutch automatic.

Consumption: 11.7 litres/100km (combined average).

Performance 0-100kmh: 2.7 seconds. Top speed 315kmh.

Bottom line plus on-roads: Premium $189,000, Premium Luxury Trim $195,000, Track $227,000.


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