Predator Evolved – Nissan GT-R 2017

Nissan’s boffins try to tame the animal inside

Design

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Nothing on the new 2017 Nissan GT-R got as far as production without the engineers having calculated the smallest affect it would have on aerodynamics or weight. Nissan’s most radical redesign is what other brands refer to as a minor lifecycle enhancement, but it effusively proves that the original shape was no fluke. The front bumper and rear bumper operate in unison to stabilise the car when storming beyond its 300km/h top speed.

Power

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Right on cue, as the competition turns up the heat, Nissan responds by spooning in power to that same 3.8-litre V6 twin turbo that has remained the GTR’s primary weapon since the icon’s rebirth. Now hard-hitting midrange punch adds muscle to those bruising sub 3-second 0-100km/h launches. The engine, each one hand-built by a single craftsman collectively referred to as Takumi, gets this surge of power from new turbo chargers, while it’s no coincidence that the road version of the GT-R has scribbled some notes from the brand’s on-going motor sport division.

Handling

Take the GT-R to the track (where it belongs) and Nissan claims an increase in chassis stiffness will be noticeable. And since the Nissan GT-R has always been a factual piece of kit, it’s best to agree and study the lap times. Sticky Dunlop tyres specifically developed for GT-R and lightweight 20-inch alloys allow the all-wheel drive system to operate at its peak.

Cockpit

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Nissan has silenced the tacky noises that plagued and cheapened previous models before designing a titanium exhaust system as the new car’s official soundtrack. Carbon fibre and nappa leather replace previously inferior panel quality, and a larger 8-inch capacitive touchscreen cuts down the number of buttons from 27 to 11.

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