2017 Nissan GT-R
- The Nissan GT-R is a stunner when it comes to acceleration, handling and braking
- Even novice drivers will be able to extract impressive performance results
- The GT-R's reliance on technology might leave some drivers feeling disconnected
- The transmission sometimes lurches clumsily at low speeds
- The stiff ride quality could prove tiresome
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Edmunds' Expert Review
If you're in the market for a high-dollar sports car, it's a good time to be alive. There's a new crop of new or refreshed vehicles in that class, including the 2017 Nissan GT-R. Granted, the GT-R remains fundamentally the same vehicle that debuted way back in 2009, but Nissan has tried to keep it fresh over the years with a nip here and a tuck there. That trend continues for 2017 with a subtle face-lift, a slight increase in power and an improved interior.
Like most sports cars, the GT-R requires some sacrifices with regard to comfort and convenience. Then again, shoppers in this arena are generally willing to give up some refinement in the name of performance. And the Nissan GT-R definitely performs, even though it's no spring chicken at this point. It put the mighty 911 Turbo on notice when it first hit the market, and it's still one of the fastest track-day cars you can buy.
What's even more impressive is how easy it is to drive the GT-R quickly. It doesn't take a seasoned racing veteran to make the magic happen, thanks in large part to technological advances that serve as a skill-enhancing safety net to compensate for driver inexperience. The downside is that seat-of-the-pants drivers might feel a bit disconnected as a result, almost as if they're playing a video game.
The new Acura NSX is perhaps the GT-R's most direct rival this year with its similar reliance on technology. More traditional competitors such as the Porsche 911, Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type R provide a more engaging driving experience. We also consider the more affordable Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper to be viable alternatives with a distinctly American brashness. Fortunately for you, there's not a bad apple in this barrel, so happy hunting.
Standard safety features for the 2017 Nissan GT-R include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
During Edmunds performance testing, a 2017 GT-R came to a stop from 60 mph in a very short 102 feet.
2017 Nissan GT-R configurations
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance sports coupe with seating for four. It is available in Premium, Track Edition (late availability) and Nismo trim levels. The Premium includes 20-inch wheels with summer run-flat tires, LED headlights and running lights, power-folding heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive suspension, configurable drive modes, and keyless entry and ignition.
Inside, you get leather upholstery with synthetic-suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Bluetooth, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation and enhancement, USB connectivity and satellite and HD radio.
Options are limited to the Cold Weather package (all-season tires and a unique coolant mixture), the Premium Interior package (hand-stitched premium leather upholstery), special floor mats and a few premium paint colors.
The new GT-R Track Edition is similar but receives the Nismo's suspension, chassis and interior upgrades (see below).
Finally, the GT-R Nismo comes with with a stiffer body structure, a front fascia with more cooling area and downforce, side skirts and rear wing, , Recaro seats, lightweight forged alloy wheels, a more aggressive suspension calibration, and an uprated version of the V6 engine.
Powering the 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium and Track Edition is a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The GT-R Nismo has an uprated engine that produces 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. At the Edmunds test track, a 2017 Nissan GT-R launched to 60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds. That's one of the quickest times we've ever recorded.
EPA fuel-economy estimates stand at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), which is a respectable result for such a high-performance car.
There's no denying the 2017 Nissan GT-R's performance credentials. It's blindingly quick and knifes through corners with impressive precision. As inspiring as that sounds, there's something that purists will miss, and that's a mechanical and emotional connection that is difficult to quantify. The combination of advanced all-wheel drive and clever technology built into the stability and traction control systems makes it much easier for novice drivers to go fast, but seasoned drivers could feel somewhat disconnected from the car.
In simplest terms, you just point the car where you want it to go and mash the throttle, and there's certainly a lot to enjoy about that. Not everything is perfect, though, as the GT-R is a bit nose-heavy and it tends to understeer more than you'd expect from such a performance-oriented machine. Outside of a race environment, the GT-R is fairly easy to live with, but the stiff ride quality and some inelegant clunks and lurches from the transmission might wear thin with some drivers.
At first glance, the 2017 Nissan GT-R's interior doesn't look much different from previous years, but there are some distinct improvements. There are far fewer switches and buttons now, with many replaced by a knob on the center console that controls infotainment functions. The high-mounted screen is also an inch larger than before.
Familiar features include numerous infotainment menus that are devoted to performance, along with data playback that rivals the telemetry used by top race teams. It's also worth noting that the mere act of getting in and out is as straightforward as it is in a typical passenger car. Many sports cars in this class require awkward contortions, but with the GT-R you just hop in and drive.
The front seats are notable for their support and comfort over long distances, though it's disappointing that the passenger seat has fewer adjustments. The rear seats are small and best left to children or cargo. The trunk is deep, but the high liftover height and narrow opening hamper loading. Capacity is limited to 8.8 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks do not fold forward.
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2017 Nissan GT-R video
[Music] The 2017 Nissan GTR track edition and if it looks familiar it's because it borrows a few elements from the gt-r Nismo it doesn't borrow the 600 horsepower engine from the news no it just has the standard just 565 horsepower from the GTR premium but it does have the knees most vendors wheels this rear diffuser area it's all directly from the gt-r Nismo it has a unique suspension tuning that's different from the gt-r premium so as you can see it sort of splits the difference between the gt-r premium and the gt-r knees mom in 2017 all the GTRs got a significant facelift in fact it was the most significant refresh the cars ever had and I really like what they did with the gt-r news most fenders it's about an inch wider in the front it gives it a much more aggressive stance compared to the more slab-sided GTR premium they also updated the interior significantly it's more refined there's a whole lot fewer buttons in there than there used to be it's a big improvement now is it the best interior out there probably not but at the step in the right direction and it's significant for a car that's this late in its generation as the gt-r is remember this thing was introduced originally in 2009 GTR is a little bit long in the tooth it looks really familiar a man there's a few experiences out there like taking one of these on a really twisty road it's really capable it's very secure and so so fast do you think the GTR track edition hits the sweet spot leave us a comment below.
2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition First Look Review
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is a mash-up of the GT-R Nismo and Premium with accents of the former and the 565 horsepower of the latter. Edmunds engineering editor Jay Kavanagh explains what there is to like about Nissan's high-performance coupe.
Features & Specs
Want to drive like a hero, but don't have the skills? Then you need a 2017 Nissan GT-R.
This high-tech sport coupe is overflowing with technology that makes it one of the easiest ultra high-performance vehicles to drive. Acceleration, braking and handling are simply stunning, though the abundance of applied science in the GT-R can leave the driver feeling a bit redundant.
Nissan first introduced the GT-R in 2009, making it one of the oldest cars in this quickly changing segment. But the carmaker has been conscientious about making small updates every year (generally just enough alterations to make owners of last year's GT-R want the new one), and 2017 is no exception. The GT-R gets some minor styling changes, an updated interior and a slight power bump. The paddle shifters have also been moved from the steering column to the steering wheel.
The GT-R is ridiculously fast. Its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 now develops 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed twin-clutch automatic delivering all that power to all four wheels. Edmunds timed the GT-R to 60 mph in a blistering 3.2 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars we've ever track-tested. Braking is equally impressive: 60 to zero in just 102 feet. The EPA estimates the GT-R's fuel economy at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), an admirable showing for such a powerful car.
Out on the open road, the GT-R is an easy car to drive fast. Between all-wheel drive and clever stability and traction control systems, it develops impressive grip and can dart through the corners with incredible precision at physics-defying speeds. But it's not perfect. The GT-R feels a bit nose-heavy and understeers more than we'd expect of a car of this caliber. But of greater concern is the lack of a real mechanical or emotional connection, something purists are bound to miss; the abundance of traction-management technology tends to isolate the driver from the road. We're also a bit put off by the stiff ride and the inelegant clunks and low-speed lurches from the transmission. This is supposed to be a precision piece of machinery, and sometimes it feels like anything but.
On the plus side, the GT-R is a lot easier to live with than most high-end sports cars. Getting in and out is easy, just like a normal passenger car, because it requires none of the odd contortions that define many low-slung sportsters. Nissan has cleaned up the interior for 2017, and many of the switches and buttons have been replaced by a single knob on the center console that controls the infotainment system. We love the data telemetry — there's nothing like knowing the maximum lateral G you reached on your way to work — and we appreciate the comfortable front seats, though the backseat and trunk are quite small.
The GT-R comes in a single trim level with a few option packages. How should you equip your car? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Nissan GT-R for you.
2017 Nissan GT-R Overview
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is offered in the following submodels: GT-R Coupe, GT-R NISMO. Available styles include Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), and NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM).
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