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2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Test Drive Review

At first glance, the 2017 Nissan GT-R might not seem much of an upgrade from the previous models that hit the roads nine years ago. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize that the new model year is a huge improvement. First, let’s point out the major changes you should be looking for. For the 2017 Nissan GT-R, the Japanese automaker updated the exterior looks, enhanced the interior, and made some meaningful changes to the performance. All in all, what you’re looking at here is the most revamped version of the GT-R since it was first introduced in 2008.

Why did Nissan feel that it needed to upgrade the already advanced and remarkably successful GT-R? Well, besides the fact that it was aging after minimal changes over its nine-year life, the supercar is facing some tough competition from new models like the Acura NSX. Let’s take a closer peek at the all-new 2017 Nissan GT-R.

2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Exterior:

While it still carries the overall form of the Nissan GT-R that we’ve come to know and appreciate, the 2017 model year receives some refreshed looks that not only improve the design but also enhance the aerodynamics.

One of the major highlights is the addition of Nissan’s signature ‘V-motion’ grille. While it features a nice chrome finish and a unique mesh pattern, it also helps improve airflow for better engine cooling. There is also a new hood that features pronounced character lines and has also been reinforced to intensify stability at high speeds. Nissan has also added a new front lip spoiler and front bumpers that give the GT-R a more threatening look and provide supplementary downforce. The side sills of the 2017 Nissan GT-R have been extended out to provide direct airflow around the supercar while new side air vents help cool the brakes. The rear of the 2017 GT-R continues to be styled with a pair of dual-round taillights and a pair of dual-exhaust tips.

Overall, while there are visible enhancements to the 2017 Nissan GT-R, they all play an active part in improving the aerodynamics of the legendary supercar.

2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Interior:

Wishing to justify a price tag of over $100,000, the new Nissan GT-R features a more premium interior for the model. Nissan added a bunch of hand-selected Nappa leather appointments throughout the car while adding an entirely new dashboard, new instrument panels, and a new 8-inch touchscreen display. There is also a new Display Command control that helps you quickly cycle through menu options. Other standard features include the NissanConnect infotainment system, a Bose audio system, rearview camera, and Active Noise Cancellation to keep the cabin quiet. Oh, and if you cherish the noise, the Active Sound Enhancement will give you the ability to experience the acoustics of the engine by pushing the noise into the cabin.

It’s definitely apparent that Nissan spent a lot of time upgrading the interior of the 2017 Nissan GT-R, and we’re glad that they did. It’s more of a luxury supercar now rather than a Nissan that just happens to be very powerful.

2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Performance:

Power for the 2017 Nissan GT-R comes from the award-winning 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a total of 565 horsepower (20 more than before) with a peak torque of 467 lb-ft (an increase of 4 lb-ft). The added power comes from ignition-timing control of each cylinder and extra boost from the turbochargers.

The engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission which allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph. As if the handling of the Nissan GT-R couldn’t get any better, the engineers at the Japanese automaker improved the body structure and stiffened the suspension to provide tighter turns and better stability under aggressive driving conditions. Stopping power comes from massive Brembo 15.4-inch front rotors and 15.0-inch rear rotors.

Other than that, the 2017 Nissan GT-R is still an all-wheel-drive beast and features the Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control system that allows you to have some insane fun when in R-Mode.

By the way, if you’re worried about fuel economy, the 2017 Nissan GT-R is rated at 16/22 mpg* (city/highway).

2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Safety:

If you’re looking for the world’s most exceptional driver assist technologies – you won’t find them in the GT-R. There is no adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, or lane keep assist. Nonetheless, the Nissan GT-R is still a very safe vehicle with advanced dual-stage supplemental front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, and a 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system.

2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Overall:

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is still Godzilla. There is no doubt that it can run circles around many of the world’s most expensive supercars and at a price tag of $109,990** – it’s still a bargain.Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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