Now that the 2017 Nissan GT-R has debuted at the 2016 New York Auto Show, it’s time to anticipate how the GT-R NISMO variant will look like.
GTRLife.com member Michael Papas teamed up with forum co-founder Matt McCulloh to render what they believe the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO will look like. You should pay attention because Papas and McCulloh are the same pair that brought a spot-on rendering of the standard GT-R months before its reveal. Expect the front bumper to take styling cues from the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car, meaning a more aggressive front splitter that curls upward in the center. There will be larger brake cooling ducts while the daytime running lights will be boxed in, surrounded by aerodynamic elements. Instead of slits on the side of the bumper, Nissan will opt for Shark Fin edges on the end of the lip that extends upwards towards the front bumper.
Of course, the new V-Motion grille will be integrated on the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO along with its new hood with raised body lines. Most of the changes will be reserved to the front end, as the side, wheels and rear bumper will remain the same as the current model.
Inside the cabin, expect it to gain the same upgrades as the standard GT-R that debuted in New York, meaning a more luxurious interior. NISMO will likely put its touches with red stitching and Alcantara to further differentiate from the standard model.
As for whether it will see a power increase like the standard model, Nissan is being vague. The standard GT-R now sports 565 horsepower and the current GT-R NISMO has 600 hp, which means Nissan will have to bump it another 20 ponies to keep the gap at 55 hp.
That doesn’t seem likely however, as it sounds like Nissan executives feel 600 hp is optimal for the sports car.