All hail the best GT-R yet

8_W7P5193MY 2017 GT-R now an even better every day drive, without losing supercar slaying abilities

Rosslyn, South Africa, 31 August 2016 – All hail the new 2017 Nissan GT-R ­– Nissan’s most powerful, yet most refined version of the R35 to date.

The new Nissan GT-R arrives in South Africa just in time for the 2016 Festival of Motoring, and the first deliveries to customers will start soon after the event. The new model offers a range of styling, mechanical, luxury and performance upgrades that makes it a more accomplished everyday supercar, with a major improvement in its everyday driveability and more power on tap at mid- and high engine speeds.

“With its first introduction in 2007, the R35 GT-R redefined the boundaries of supercar performance and handling. Over the subsequent iterations, the model has been improved and refined to the pinnacle of hand-built perfection in this, the 2017 model,” says Xavier Gobille, Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Nissan South Africa.

2017 GT-R – Highlights

3.8 V6 twin turbo hand-built engine

408 kW @ 6 800 rpm

632 Nm @ 3 300 – 5 800 rpm

0 – 100 km/h in under 3 seconds

Top speed of 315 km/h

Price: R1 950 000 for Premium Edition, R2 050 000 for the Black Edition.

Delivery: From September 2016



  • New bonnet, bumpers, grille and side sills
  • New 20” forged alloy wheels
  • All styling upgrades also performance enhancing

The 2017 GT-R features the most comprehensive styling upgrades to date, with all features offering a performance benefit as well.

Viewed from the front, the new GT-R is fitted with a wider, deeper V-motion grille with new matte chrome trim and a redesigned mesh grille pattern. Apart from the more aggressive look, this new design improves air flow to the engine for enhanced cooling.

The grille is fitted between a new front bumper and redesigned bonnet. The bonnet has deeper character lines, which have been designed to work in unison with the new front bumper and bottom lip and the wider side sills for improved air flow and greater stability at very high speeds.

Rounding off the new design is a new rear bumper with functional air vents. This new bumper also aids high-speed air flow for improved drag on the rear wing and greater downforce at high speeds and on the track. The GT-R’s drag coefficient remains a low 0.26.

“One of the distinctive, yet subtle changes, is a higher and slightly wider shoulder line. This is especially pronounced at the rear of the vehicle and it definitely contributes for a more aggressive stance,” says Gobille.


  • Upgraded materials, simplified controls and a tactile redesign create a more upmarket feel
  • Multiple subtle improvements have reduced interior weight
  • New gearshift paddles now turn with the steering wheel

The 2017 GT-R features a brand new interior, replete with hand-selected nappa leather and real carbon fibre.

The dashboard has been redesigned to be more elegant and simple, with the number of buttons in view of the driver reduced from 27 to 11. This was made possible by moving many of the control functions to the new, larger 8” capacitive touch screen with Nissan’s proprietary Display Command system.

The dashboard itself is upholstered in a large, single piece of hand-selected soft nappa  leather. The slight increase in weight of this leather cladding is more than offset by a new type of cushioning material, which is lighter than the material previously used.

The new GT-R now features steering wheel mounted paddle shifts for the dual-clutch gearbox. The new set-up allows for easier mid-turn gearshifts. Both the gear shift paddles and air vent controls have been re-engineered for a more positive tactile feel.

The seats are also upholstered in nappa leather and feature a new carbon fibre chassis for an additional weight reduction, while new sound dampening and an acoustic glass windshield keep unwanted road and wind noise from the cabin.

Engine and drivetrain

  • Power increased from 397 kW to 408 kW
  • Torque increased from 628 Nm to 632 Nm
  • Greater high-speed power delivery
  • Acceleration run to 100 km/m in less than 3s
  • Improved gearbox and gear shifts

The hand-built VR38DETT V6 engine remains the heart of the 2017 R35, but it has been further refined and improved for this model.

The engine benefits from greater boost from the turbo chargers, which are similar to those featured in the GT-R GT3 racing car. It also receives individualised timing control on each cylinder for more power and torque and significantly improved engine performance in the mid- and high-rev ranges.

The VR38DETT torque delivery now peaks at 632 Nm (up from 628 Nm) at a wider band from 3 300 rpm to 5 800 rpm. Kilowatt has increased from 397 kW to 408 kW at 6 800 rpm.

“The Nissan GT-R engine is built by a single craftsman, called Takumi in Japanese. Apart from taking full responsibility for the final performance of each engine, each of the five Nissan Takumi combines his superior technical knowledge with his personal intuition to create one of the best engines in the world,” explains Gobille. “This means that a Takumi may take an engine back to his bench even if the computer read-outs are perfect, simply because he did not like the vibration or sound that the engine made on the test bench.”

A key ingredient in the 2017 GT-R’s blistering 0-100 km/h run is its launch control system and an improved gearbox. The six-speed dual clutch automatically actuated gearbox remains fitted above the rear axle and is connected to the engine with a carbon fibre shaft, but the shifting has been refined to be smoother and less audible.

The GT-R also features a new titanium exhaust system that has been tuned for improved performance and a more appealing mechanical sound. This is enhanced through Nissan’s Active Sound Enhancement system.


  • More rigid chassis and body shell
  • New 20” forged alloy wheels
  • Smoother everyday driving

The GT-R is equipped with new 20” forged alloy wheels that are shod with Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST ultra-high performance tyres. These tyres were developed in partnership with Nissan for the GT-R and feature RunOnFlat technology.

Upgrades to the suspension and a more rigid suspension structure mean that the GT-R now exhibits even better stability and grip through quick lateral transitions, such as on a fast switchback or hairpin on a race track. Along with these dynamic improvements, the engineers at Nissan have spent considerable resources and time on making the GT-R an even better performer at everyday speeds. In doing so, they have ensured that the 2017 GT-R exhibits none of the quirks that makes other super cars a taxing drive on everyday commutes.

“The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times, on any road, for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the limit – it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, refinement has been added to take the driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT-R that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist, GT-R, Z and NISMO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The new GT-R will be available from September at Nissan High Performance Centres. The first consignment of vehicles has already been sold, but order books are open.

NISSAN GT-R (R35)  technical data
Body type 2 door Coupe
Available edition Premium Edition, Black Edition
Seating capacity persons 4
Engine code VR38DETT
No. of cylinders, configuration V6 twin turbo
Valves per cylinder 4
Cam design DOHC continuously variable valve timing
Engine capacity cm³ 3799
Bore x stroke mm 95.5×88.4
Max. engine power 1) kW/min-1 408kW @ 6800rpm
Max. torque  1) Nm/min-1 632Nm @ 3300to5800rpm
Compression ratio 9.0
Fuel type  Recommendation is 95 RON
Ignition system Nissan Direct Ignition System
Fuel supply Multi Point Injection
Emissions Certification Level Eur4
Emission control system 3-way catalyst and secondary air injection system
Drive configuration Independent transaxle 4WD
Transmission GR6 dual clutch transmission
Gear ratio                           1st 4.056
2nd 2.031
3rd 1.595
4th 1.248
5th 1.001
6th 0.796
Reverse 3.383
Final drive ratio (front / rear) 2.937 / 3.700
Limited slip differential 1.5Way Mechanical LSD
Suspension  front Double-wishbone with aluminum (forged) upper links and lower arms
Suspension rear Multi-link with aluminum (forged) upper links
Shock absorbers front Bilstein DampTronic
Shock absorbers rear Bilstein DampTronic
Steering Electronically controlled rack & pinion with vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist
Steering turns – lock to lock 2.4
Brakes Ventilated  discs with opposed and cast aluminum caliper (6 pistons for front and 4 pistons for rear)
Front brakes diameter and thickness mm 390 x 32.6mm
Rear brakes diameter and thickness mm 380 x 30mm
Wheel and tyre size 255/40 ZRF20 (front), 285/35 ZRF20 (rear) / 20″x9.5″(front), 20″x10.5″(rear)
Kerb weight min. 2) Kg 1752
Weight distribution (front / rear) % –/–
Gross Vehicle Weight (PTW) Kg 2200
Max. axle weight (PAW) front Kg 1080
Max. axle weight (PAW) rear Kg 1165
Overall length mm 4710
Overall width mm 1895
Overall height mm 1370
Wheelbase mm 2780
Track width (front) mm 1590
Track width (rear) mm 1600
Turning circle (wall to wall) m 12.2
Coefficient of drag (cd) 0.26
Minimum ground clearance mm 105
Luggage space – min. length / max. length mm 695 / 840
                          – min. width / max. width mm 795 / 1470
                          – min. height / max. height mm 430 / 520
Luggage capacity (VDA) l 315
Fuel tank capacity l 74
Fuel consumption 3)
      Urban cycle l/100 km 17
      Extra-urban l/100 km 9
      Combined l/100 km 12
      CO2 mass emission g/km 275
Max. speed KPH 315