The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Is Ready to Rip Your Face Off on a Track

The return of a track-day god

Track-day addicts, rejoice. Despite the previous generation of Nismo GT-R taking a good six years to take shape, the Japanese automaker has taken another step forward, revealing the next-generation of circuit-slaying Nismo GT-R just months after the moderately refreshed 2017 R35.5 GT-R debuted in New York.

Like the facelifted and massaged 2017 Nissan GT-R, the Nismo packs a fresh facelift with a smoother and modernized front fascia. In the front, the corporate "V-motion" grille is enlarged, allowing increased airflow to the dense and very hot engine under the newly-reinforced hood. The front canards are redesigned, allowing for increased downforce, along with a reinforced lower splitter for rigidity. Overall, the theme of the Nismo carries over; more power, bigger brakes, stiffer suspension, upgraded tires, lightweight wheels and body panels, and hardcore aerodynamic effects.

Inside, the Nismo features the same softer and redesigned interior as the regular 2017 model. The interior has long been a sore point of the Japanese uber-coupe, and now, the innards finally match the price tag. Alcantara covers the dash and the steering wheel, giving a track-ready feeling.  The center stack is simplified, with a reduction in the amount of switches and toggles by over half. Unsurprisingly for the Nismo, the seats are aggressive leather Recaro butt-huggers with synthetic suede inserts.

The overall performance of the car is significantly improved, owing to its stiffened chassis and body. The engineers then turned their attention to the suspension bits, allowing them to increase stiffness and aggressiveness with a return of handling dividends.

Unlike the base 2017 GT-R, which sees a 20 horsepower boost to 565 hp from the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, the Nismo powertrain remains untouched from the last iteration: 600 hp goes to all four wheels. No word on what transmission is slotted between the seats, but our money is on the same massaged six-speed dual-clutch transmission that found its way into the refreshed car. Performance is sure to be spectacular, with 60 mph arriving somewhere very south of three seconds, and a top speed north of 190 mph.

Look for more information on the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo in the near future.

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