Car News 24 Mar 2016

Nissan unveil new 562bhp GT-R

Nissan has unveiled the new 2017 R35 GT-R at the New York Auto Show. The face-lifted model features a host of styling and performance updates.

Aesthetically, the R35 has undergone a redesign; externally the car receives the new larger V-motion chrome mesh grille that aids cooling, and a redesigned reinforced bonnet, with ridges that enhance the stability of the GT-R at high speeds. The aerodynamics have been improved, with a new front bumper and distinctive spoiler lip, contributing to the overall downforce. The side sills have increased in width, directing airflow more efficiently, and the rear design of the GT-R appears wider and more aggressive. New air vents sit alongside the same quad tailpipes and quad tail lights as before.

Internally, the cabin has been modernised and given a higher quality finish. Upgrades include a new dashboard and instrument cluster. The dashboard has been de-cluttered with the introduction of the central dash, featuring an 8-inch touchscreen with Sat Nav and infotainment system. The entire cabin and new paddle-shift mounted steering wheel is finished in premium leather.

Tweaks have been made to the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, boosting the power output to 562bhp and 470lb ft of torque, directed to all four wheels via a re-tuned, six-speed dual clutch transmission for smoother shifts. Performance statistics are yet to be confirmed, but they will undoubtedly be impressive. The new model also has a stiffer body shell and new suspension, a new titanium exhaust and 20-inch Y-spoke forged alloys.

The new R35 GT-R will be launched later this year, with pricing expected to be above the current model’s £78,000 starting price.