2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 Review: Aggressive Design For The New Year In Compliance To Latest Regulations

Jan 03, 2017 06:35 AM EST | Luna C


The current Nissan GT-R, known as the R35, was introduced way back in 2007 to replace the popular R34. The car has been redesigned from scratch and it has set many new benchmarks for the GT-R. This one has dropped the name Skyline and also the first one to cram in a V-6 engine.

The R35 also has the longest life of ten years and counting while previous models were replaced every three to five years. Though considered "old", the current GT-R still makes it way to headlines both on track and on the road. One of the variants, GT500 has just received a makeover for 2017's racing season.

2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 Exterior and Interior

It may not be that different at first glance but a closer look would leave anyone in awe. Due to the 2017 revised regulations, the 2017 Nissan GTR has reduced its total downforce by 25%. This would mean that the aerodynamics needed to be tailored, thus changing a bit on the exterior.

The splitter on the bumper is a lot shorter and the outer intakes are wider. The side canards have also been altered with winglets. The hood also has been added with additional strakes. These are just a few of the little changes for the 2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 to comply with the new regulations.

As for the 2017 Nissan GT-R interior, there isn't any information about it as of this writing. Race cars are known to be less pampered on the interiors aerodynamic and weight are being focused. That being said, one should not expect the 2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 to have the luxury of comfort when driving. The production variants, however, will pamper the driver and passengers.

2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 Drivetrain

As stated earlier, 2017 Nissan GT-R GT500 inherits the 3.8-liter V-6 engine. It can generate up to 600 horsepower. It also comes with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder variant. No full technical specifications have been released but it has been speculated that the 2017 model will have a six-speed transmission box. Suspension is also foreseen to be much stiffer.

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