If you had a GTR how would you drive it?
This guy obviously does not know how!
Nissan is bringing us down GT-R memory lane this week with a new video ahead of a nice little engine blow. We explained the key changes on the new car March when it debuted at the New York Auto Show; now let’s take a deeper dive.
Starting with the sheetmetal, Nissan made a handful of changes concerning the look and the aerodynamics of the new GT-R. Remember, the company said this is the car’s biggest change since its introduction.
The hood and grille got reshaped. The bumper now falls more closely in line with the rest of the “V-motion” crew, though we’re thankful Nissan didn’t go full Maxima with it. The grille opening is bigger, to increase airflow, and the hood is more rigid, which “greatly improves aero performance in front at high speeds.”
The curve profile of the front spoiler has been extended and lowered to improve airflow and the reshaped sill covers reduce the amount of lift. Even the C-pillars have been restyled.
In back, the rear bumper has new side air vents and incorporates the same design as the Nismo GT-R, which leads to less interference from the exhaust gases.
Under the hood, we get the same 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged powerplant, which now makes 565 hp at 6,800 and 467 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 hp and 4 lb-ft. That extra power comes from a boost pressure increase, again, an upgrade that was previously reserved for the Nismo GT-R. A new exhaust, made from titanium, helps manage high temperatures better and includes a duct just forward of the muffler that guides air into the diffuser.
A six-speed dual-clutch automatic continues to distribute power to all four wheels. Nissan says it should also operate more quietly, which will be a welcome improvement — the GT-R has always sounded like it’s eating ring gears at low speeds. The Attesa E-TS all-wheel-drive system handles power distribution and can send 100 percent of the power rearward, 50 percent to each end, or anything in between. It handles so well because of its ECU, which looks at speed, lateral acceleration, steering angle, tire slip, road surface and yaw to decide where to route power. The last time we had one on a track we detected a slight wiggle at the limit, as the computer calculated how not to kill us.
The refreshed model will also see an improvement in the chassis, with a revised suspension setup and body upgrades all around. The rigidity of the windshield has been increased, and Nissan even reinforced the trunk.