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The Nissan GT-R has been heavily revised for the 2017 model year, with the new car unveiled at this week's 2016 New York International motor show. Extensive exterior updates, a new interior and a 15kW power increase headline the most significant update since the car was launched in 2007, with Australia now due to receive the Premium Edition and Nismo-tuned Track Edition from September 2016.
At the front, the GT-R gets a larger grille aperture to help cooling, a newly designed bonnet and a reshaped front bar that give the big Nissan a more aggressive face, all while contributing to aerodynamic downforce. Wider sills lead into an updated rear end that keeps the trademark 'stove top' tail lamps but raises the rear diffuser and valance to create a wider looking rump - if that is at all possible.
Inside though, are where the most noticeable changes reside. A completely new 'horizontal flow' dashboard and driver oriented console present a more modern and simplified instrument array. There is a new eight-inch touch screen and console-mounted control device that drive revised infotainment and vehicle management software.
One area wherethe GT-R was often criticized, the shift-paddles mounted on the steering-column, has been addressed. These are now fixed to the wheel. Under the bonnet, power from the twin-turbo V6 is up 15kW and torque up 4Nm to 419kW and 632Nm.The output improvements come from increased boost through the turbos and improved ignition timing control.
The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised, to provide faster gear changes and less of that 'trucky' idle noise the GT-R is known for. Speaking of noise, there are new titanium mufflers and a sound-simulation system (ASE: Active Sound Enhancement) to help make the 2017 GT-R sound as mean as it looks.
Handling hasn't been overlooked, with new suspension, rigidity improvements and new, 20-inch Y-spoke wheels all working to deliver the famous tarmac-chewing GT-R performance. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the outer limits", says Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R. "Its even more potent than before. At the same time, more refinement has been added to take the entire driving experience to an entirely new level."Were proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history."
Local pricing and specification of the 2017 Nissan GT-R in Australia have not yet been announced.
To celebrate the launch of an updated Nissan GT-R at the 2016 New York auto show, the company dedicated its stage in the Big Apple to its one true supercar, with one model from every generation on display.
1969 C10 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
The original GT-R branded Skyline sports car, the 2000GT-R featured bolt-on rear-wheel arch flares, and aggressive spoilers at the front and rear.Under the bonnet there's a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated straight-six developing 118kW at 7000rpm and 177Nm at 5600rpm. That was enough to enable the 1120kg rear-wheel drive coupe to cover the standing 400m in 16.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 200km/h.
1973 C110 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R
For the next-generation 2000GT-R, the coupe once again employed 2.0-litre straight-six S20 engine. Maximum power and torque outputs were unchanged, but the motor had to lug around an extra 20 kilograms of weight.While it may have been a smidge slower, stopping power was improved by the use of disc brakes on all four wheels. The C110 is the rarest of all GT-R generations, as production was stopped after just 200 units because of stricter emissions regulations in Japan.
1989 R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
After a 16 year hiatus, the GT-R badge was dusted off for the eighth-generation Skyline. Motivation came via a 2.6-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine with 353Nm of torque at 4400rpm. In accordance with a gentleman's agreement amongst Japanese manufacturers, the GT-R is said to have only 206kW at 6800rpm.To ensure that not a single Newton metre is wasted, the R32 GT-R featured an advanced electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system with front-to-rear active torque splitting capability, dubbed ATTESA E-TS.Made for racing, the R32 Skyline GT-R holds the honour of never losing a race in the All Japan Championships. Oh, and it also won the 1991 and 1992 Bathurst 1000 races, much the chagrin of Ford and Holden fans who Jim Richards famously decried as a "pack of a&!holes". The controversy surrounding its victory at Bathurst, and dominance of the Australian Touring Car Championship, lead to the GT-R being effectively frozen out via rule changes.Australia was one of the few overseas markets to officially sell the R32 Skyline GT-R, with just 100 imported.
1995 R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The R33 Skyline was a markedly larger vehicle, and the GT-R's weight jumped from 1430kg in the R32 to 1540kg in the R33. Despite that the 2.6-litre turbo straight-six featured supposedly unchanged power output. The porkier GT-R did have a fraction more torque 368Nm to play with.There was an optional, even more advanced high-tech all-wheel drive system, known as ATTESTA E-TS Pro, which incorporated an active limited-slip differential for the rear wheels.
1999 R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Like corresponding Skyline, GT-R shrank a little bit for this generation. Although weight was up slightly to 1560kg, Nissan paid significant attention to the coupe's body stiffness and aerodynamics.The R34 was the last GT-R to be directly based on the Skyline and the last to feature the RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin-turbo straight-six. Power was still officially capped at 206kW, while torque was upped slightly to 392Nm at 4400rpm.Finished in silica brass paint, the limited edition M-spec Nur model seen here features a retuned engine with gold head covers, as well as softer suspension with "ripple control" shock absorbers.
2017 R35 Nissan GT-R faceliftLaunched in 2007, the new GT-R is the first to be made in left-hand drive and officially sold throughout most of the world. Although distantly related to the Skyline, it features a unique body, drivetrain and life cycle.For the 2016 New York auto show, the GT-R received a lightly refreshed exterior look, a few extra spuds under the bonnet, suspension tweaks, and, most importantly, a redesigned and much higher quality interior. Read our full run-down of the 2017 Nissan GT-R facelift.
Photos of the newly refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ have surfaced online today, just days after the significantly re-styled 2017 Toyota 86 made its official debut. These photos, posted to enthusiast site FT86club.com after purportedly appearing on the Facebook profile of a smaller fan group, appear to have been snapped in a workshop or testing facility. (One photo shows a black BRZ parked haphazardly next to an R32 Nissan Skyline, surrounded by boxes, parts and packing material.) It is clear from these shots that the exterior styling of the BRZ will be refreshed at both ends, along with the same new split-spoke alloy wheel design worn by the refreshed 86.
The front, although not as dramatically altered as the 86, reveals a lightly resculpted and ever-so-slightly taller nose with longer and deeper headlight scallops, while the character lines that previously framed the Subaru badge are also now gone. The standout change at the front end, however, is the new wing-like styling feature that now extends into the faux intakes either side of the large grille opening. A pair of black fins now trisect those side ports, replacing the lights that lived there before. Updated lighting is also clearly visible at both ends. The same hooked daytime lights can be seen inside the headlights, but a second row of LEDs now replace the position and indicator lights that previously sat inboard of the main projector lamp.
At the rear, the BRZ appears to feature the same new cherry-red lights that debuted with the 2017 Toyota 86, featuring a top LED strip, a main brake light, and a secondary LED strip for reversing and/or indicator lights. (The indicators could also be located in the lower half of the outer red lens.)The rear bumper of the BRZ shown here does not appear to have been given any notable updates, but we may yet see a new look - possibly the same pointy new piece used for the 86 - swapped onto Subarus coupe before launch. In the cabin, a brand-new steering wheel can be seen, adding new audio and phone controls, along with a direction-pad for controlling the new multi-function display that can be seen in the instrument cluster. These same changes will appear in the 86, although Toyota has so far revealed only the exterior of the 2017 model.
The interior appears to be largely unchanged elsewhere. A large touchscreen display can be seen in the centre stack, but overseas variants of the BRZ already had this feature - Australian buyers were simply made to go without. As with the 86, we can likely expect the BRZ to be given a light power boost, climbing from 147kW and 205Nm to a new 151kW and 214Nm. The 86 also benefits from revised gear ratios for the new model year, and that, too, should transfer to the BRZ. Click the photos tab above for more shots of the 2017 Subaru BRZ. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Subaru Australia communications manager David Rowley said that a late year  on-sale date is expected for the 2017 BRZ. Rowley could not be moved to comment on whether local buyers will be treated to the larger touchscreen display. But, with the new steering wheel now very likely to be the standard across both the 86 and BRZ ranges, it stands to reason that we will at last get a BRZ equipped with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Sales of the BRZ have dropped off this year, with year-to-date figures (end of February) showing 57 sales, compared to 80 for the same period in 2015. Rowley said that although sales have settled, its probably fair to say they're still healthy for a vehicle in that niche segment. Of course, the BRZ is not the only member of its duo to have suffered a settling of sales, with Toyota 86 sales dropping from 440 at this point last year to 248 in 2016.
Both coupes made their Australian debut in 2012, with only minor updates in the time since, while the all-new Mazda MX-5 roadster has swept onto the market with a feature-packed value bundle and sharp pricing. The 2017 model-year updates to the BRZ and 86, if priced right, should help to right the ship for both.