Nissan GT-R: More power, shell revisions

  • Bodyshell revisions for better aerodynamics
  • Modest increase in engine power
  • Shift paddles give a new – better – home
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R Image: Nissan

Nissan’s GT-R has been updated with revisions inside and out and its 3.8-litre, quad-valve, V8 engine has been given a power boost.

The chassis has been “significantly reinforced” and, Nissan says, the car now has “a new sense of elegance and civility that one would rarely find in such a high-performance super sports car”.

The car, the automaker adds, has had the most significant update since it was launched in 2007.

Let’s start with the shell…

The already great-looking car’s bonnet, front bumpers, daytime running lights and now matte chrome finish “V-motion” grille have been reviewed, the grille to increase airflow to cool the engine without causing any additional drag.

Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R  Image: Nissan

The bonnet has been made stiffer to, Nissan says, greatly improve aerodynamic performance at more than 200km/h – the amendment just one of a number of visual changes – all intended to make the GT-R slice through the atmosphere more efficiently and with more downforce.

The curved front under-spoiler has been slightly extended and lowered by to improve airflow at the its lower edge through the ground clearance remains the same. The C pillars have also c nged: the upper portion now delivers better airflow by eliminating a detected small vortex.

Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R Image: Nissan

The iconic round tail-lights each now have a silver-finished diffuser and new side air vents next to the four titanium exhaust tips – aerodynamics again – and the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has changed to make the car look wider and more assertive.

Stylish Y-spoked forged alloy wheel rims now give very prcise wheel-balance while simultaneously being lighter, stronger and more rigid.

…and go on to the cabin…

Nissan is very proud of this: “The GT-R’s new interior delivers an unparalleled degree of comfort, luxury and everyday usability unlike any iteration before it – it’s obvious that the cabin is now more luxurious and upscale.”

The facia, the automaker explains, now has “a horizontal flow” while the line from the instrument cluster to the centre console “provides a distinct driver-orientated environment”. The upholstery, of course, is still stitched leather.

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The number of satnav and audio switches have been simplified from 27 to 11 and the satnav controls and its screen have been slightly lowered on the instrument panel to expand the view through the windscreen.

Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R. Image: Nissan

The touch-screen has been enlarged to 20cm and its icons made bigger and customisable but the information still inludes the multi-function display that allows the driver to customise the layout of vehicle-specific performance parameters/information, among them coolant and oil temperature, oil pressure, transmission oil temperature and pressure and turbocharger boost.

The paddle shifters are now on a redesigned steering-wheel instead of the column for easier changes through a curve.

…and then the engine

Output has been increased by 15kW to 419kW at 6800 rpm, thanks in part to an increase in boost pressure and an ignition-timing system that’s controlled at each of the six cylinder – technology, Nissand says, from the GT-Nismo.

The result, the automaker claims, is faster mid-range acceleration (3200rpm and higher) with maximum torque across a wider range.

Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R
Revised 2016 Nissan GT-R. Image: Nissan

“Also like the GT-R Nismo, by more precisely controlling ignition timing at each cylinder,” the GT-R people explain, “engine knock (imprecise detonation) has been significantly reduced to achieve a cleaner, more efficient, fuel burn.”

The bores are now plasma-sprayed (bye-bye cast-iron liners) for reduced friction and weight, better cooling and greater fuel-efficiency from the one-man, hand-assembled engine – it’s assembler named on an aluminium plate.

Finally, there’s a new titanium exhaust system that better manages the high temperatures of the exhaust gas thanks to a duct on the car’s undertray which directs air into the rear diffuser to help cool the system.

For more information go to the Nissan SA website.

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