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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
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.
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.