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GTRLIFE Exclusive: Additional 2017 GTR Info Comes to Light



In the recent weeks buzz has been building in the GTR community about the upcoming 2017 Nissan GTR. This culminated with a few spy photos of said GTR testing in the wild. To the untrained eye it is hard to discern the multitude of changes underneath the camouflage.

Utilizing a number of resources only GTRLIFE has, we can now shed some light on what exact aesthetic changes are taking place. We can exclusively reveal the front fasica will feature trapezoid meshed openings not so dissimilar from another Japanese supercar of recent memory the Lexus LFA. These openings on each side of the bumper also house a slimmer and still horizontal DRL design. This is the biggest change to front giving the GTR a much more aggressive look. in addition to this as seen in the spy photos the Nissan Signature "V-Motion" grill is very present and even more prominent than initially expected. A quick photoshop for visual reference for this article was done by GTRLIFE member Mike_Pap
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The wheels will be a split 5 spoke design again somewhat reminiscent of the LFA. The Nissan version has an additional thin spoke dividing between each split "V" section. The side of the 2017 GTR is left most unchanged except for a side skirt that has a slight twisted design to it adding a little character to the side profile. the transaxle cooling vents on the rear sideskirts have a slight elongated redesign.

Moving to the rear of the car, it is more mild change compared to the front. The familiar indented areas to the lower of the taillights are still present but now sharper and run more longways. The lower diffuser starts higher up the bumper than in previous years and is visibly higher than the vented skirt area currently seen on the sides of the rear bumper. Both front and rear bumpers feature sharp outer edges directly lifted from the GTR NISMO introduced in 2014. so much so that you can say the NISMO was a test bed for this aero design. This styling que, that actually matches the "lighting bolt" headlights, also brings a uniform look to both GTR models.

Speaking of the GTR NISMO it too will go under the knife for 2017. in some ways the changes to the NISMO overall are more mild than that of the standard car. However, what changes are present are mainly limited to the front end. The V-Motion grill will also be present on this model just as with the standard GTR. The biggest difference between the two upcoming models is there are no LFA style bumper openings and the DRLs remain in the same place. However,under the DRL is the return of something similar to the double bump style canard first seen on the initial 2012 facelift except an extra air duct is present there as well.

In addition to that slight change to the front, NISMO aficionados who follow the GTR NISMO GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance series will soon also notice some direct trickle down improvements that are lifted right from last years the newest spec racecar. The 2017 GTR NISMO street car will adopt the following tweaks from its GT3 racing brother highlighted in the picture below. First up is a new thinner lip design that slightly curves upward in the middle. Brake ducts that are integrated into the lower edge of the bumper instead of in the lip. New "shark fin" aero guides are present on each end of the lip and speaking of sharks, seemingly gone are Super GT GT500 derived 3 slit shark gill design that was present on the 2015/2016. the rear and sides of the car including the carbon fiber wing will be unchanged.

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The interior is said to be an area of concentration and focus for the GTR team for 2017 and the first hint of what that might contain prove that to be true. It appears for the infotainment Nav area Nissan will borrow the centralized control knob from its Infiniti line. No further info is available at this time but this is proof the interior will be undergoing a significant revision just as the exterior.

Stay tuned to GTRlife for more exclusive info and follow our ongoing discussion here.

71 Comments

so i have to order a new front bumber for my Nismo right? :rolleyes:

so i have to order a new front bumber for my Nismo right? :rolleyes:


sure why not other than based on the 2015 its gonna cost the same as an Altima
Exciting. Where are they going to put the infotainment control knob in the interior?

Exciting. Where are they going to put the infotainment control knob in the interior?



to the side of and behind the gear shifter and relocate the start button
front looks like LFA. not sure I like. interested in interior changes though
I'll post this again for anyone who hasn't seen it. This is my favorite rendering of the next gen GTR. Not a fan of any of the other ones. But this is obviously not going to happen.

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Do you think there will be any mechanical changes?
Well, that looks like a mess. Hopefully the finished product looks a little bit better.
the render I just added is super close real deal
I hope the outflow from the side vents is directed to cool rotors............ and not just dumped with no purpose.
I wish for improved trans cooling maybe with louvers that open and close to direct extra cooling as needed.
DBA bumpers gonna spike in value lol. Maybe even CBA
I quite like it, about time the platform got abit of aggression to its looks.

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I'm surprised , I didn't think I would like it, but I do. Still shaking my head about the 2nd face lift for the R-35??
Like I said in the other thread, the real thing will look even better as it wont have just endless black holes for the openings. the grilling will make it look finished
Hmmmm, looks actually not bad, not sure if I like it yet but more interested in an updated interior with more/nicer leather

the render I just added is super close real deal


It may be technically but it still looks horrible.
The real thing will look way better.

The real thing will look way better.


it does :wink:


but again the render is a good visual reference for our readers when describing the changes
Not bad looking. Are they going to make the suspension more performance oriented again?

Not bad looking. Are they going to make the suspension more performance oriented again?


unknown at this point but we know suspension has been tweaked literally almost every year so its a good bet something will be different there.the last two years its gotten less than stellar reviews on track so lets hope they dial it back a bit and regain some of the circa 2013 performance while still checking the GT box that seems more important than ever.
Are these additional side vents functional or just cosmetic?
obviously its a big part of the aesthetic face lift but they are to be covered with the plastic grill mesh like what is already in front of the intercooler ect so they arnt fake place holders. I just dont know where they go. seems to close range to go right down to the brakes but it could be air flow and come out the fender exits or something. we might have to have a walk around the finished product to say for sure..but I cant imagine they are only cosmetic
Idk....kinda looks like a big frs to me.
Or brz...
MC, many thanks for the update. Any more specifics on how NVH - since this was supposed to be a big area of "gt" emphasis - is going to be addressed? Magnetic ride control? Like comments above I hope that the suspension has a performance/track option like it's circa 2013 roots

MC, many thanks for the update. Any more specifics on how NVH - since this was supposed to be a big area of "gt" emphasis - is going to be addressed? Magnetic ride control? Like comments above I hope that the suspension has a performance/track option like it's circa 2013 roots


nothing really on that beyond the goal for this car is a more mature premium feel. all my info is purely the aesthetic side at this point and that bit about borrowing the infiniti infotainment controller for the interior.

as for magnetic ride I think it would be unlikely they would veer from the tried and true current suspension at this point in the lifecycle.