At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Nissan revealed the revised design and improved performance figures for the 2017 GT-R.
The latest revision represents the most significant change received by the Japanese supercar since it first went on sale nearly a decade ago. With regards to cosmetics, it adopts Nissan’s latest design language, featuring a thoroughly-revamped front end with a bigger ‘V-Motion’ grille that provides better airflow.
More pronounced character lines can be found on the new hood and blend into a reshaped bumper and front spoiler lip, while the side sills have been pushed to better manage airflow around the vehicle.
Nissan says the exterior design changes improve the GT-R’s stability at high speeds without affecting its 0.26 drag coefficient.
Inside, the 2017 Nissan GT-R boasts a more premium look, with highlights including a reshaped dashboard that’s wrapped in a seamless piece of Nappa leather, a thinner dash cushion layer, and new seats that help reduce weight.
The number of navigation and audio switches have reduced from 27 to just 11, simplifying controls, while the familiar seven-inch touchscreen has been replaced by an eight-inch unit. Nissan’s designers also moved the paddle shifters to the new steering wheel, allowing drivers to change gears easier.
Now, on to what most enthusiasts really care about – power! The GT-R’s beloved 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 has been uprated to now deliver 565 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 467 lb-ft. of torque, up by 20 horses and 4 lb-ft. You have ignition-timing control of individual cylinders and extra boost to thank for that…
That extra power is complimented by a revised the six-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers smoother shifts and less noise and new titanium exhaust system that supposedly sounds better than ever.
Other performance highlights include of the updated Nissan GT-R include a more rigid body structure and suspension revisions, providing higher cornering speeds and better stability during rapid lateral transitions.
According to Nissan, ride quality has also improved despite the handling improvements, thanks partly to active noise cancellation and new sound absorption materials.
In the United States at least, the 2017 Nissan GT-R has a starting price of $111,585 price tag (including $1,595 freight), $8,000 more than the 2016 GT-R. Do you want one?
McLaren Senna Is Worthy Of Namesake – Hits 60 In 2.8 Secs, Top Speed Of 211 MPH
McLaren has paid tribute to legendary Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna with a very special supercar, the appropriately-named McLaren Senna. Billed as the ultimate road-legal track car, the Senna is as intimidating in appearance as it is in performance.
Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship three times in a McLaren. To achieve an experience truly worthy of his name, the car combines a low vehicle weight of just 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), extreme power, lots of downforce and a new track-focused active suspension system to achieve space-warping performance figures.
It tips the scale at only 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), thanks to the use of McLaren’s third-generation carbon-fiber monocoque, and providing motivation for that lighweight body is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 — McLaren’s most powerful engine ever to power a road car — that produces 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a massive hydraulically-operated rear wing that helps deliver 1,760 lbs (800 kg) of downforce
This combo allows the McLaren Senna to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 211 mph (344 km). Should an owner ever line one up at the dragstrip, it will complete the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.
Those are stats worthy of the Senna name, won’t you say?
Only 500 units of the McLaren Senna will be made, each with a price tag of around a million dollars. What do you think?
New, 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record At VIR, Crushes Ford GT
The all-new, 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe, with its ridiculous performance figures, screams “record-beater,” so it comes as no surprise that it set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a time of 2:37.25.
VIR is a technical and challenging circuit that’s often dubbed the Nürburgring of America. The previous record-holder, the Ford GT (2:40.02), unseated the Dodge Viper ACR (2:38.62) to become king of the track, a title it didn’t hold on to for long.
The only updates to the record-setting Corvette ZR1 were the addition of a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses. Everything else, including the eight-speed automatic transmission and the ZTK Performance Package that adds the adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning, either come standard or are part of the production car’s options list.
Of course, we would be remiss not to mention what powers the 2019 edition of this beast — a supercharged LT5 6.2L V8 that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the aforementioned eight-speed, it allows the American supercar to teleport from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 2.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 210 mph (338 km/h)!
Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status. On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe starts at $119,995 in the United States, while the ZR1 convertible kicks off at $123,995.
Ford Mustang Bullitt Returns For 2019
The Ford Mustang Bullitt is back! Ford unveiled the latest iteration of its special-edition muscle car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt”.
The Bullit has been an occasional entry in the Mustang lineup since 2001, with all sporting the Dark Highland Green of the original movie car. In the case of the new Mustang Bullitt, that beautiful exterior color (you can also get in ‘Shadow Black’) is set off by a badgeless grille, retro 19-inch gloss black torque thrust wheels, and red brake calipers.
Inside, there are a number of unique touches befitting its status as a special edition vehicle, including a 12-inch digital screen that displays a unique Bullitt welcome graphic of the car rather than the pony and a white cue ball shift knob that pays homage to the original. Just think the equipment you get in a GT Premium but a tad bit cooler.
Power is provided by an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 that produces least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a manual transmission, it delivers a top speed of 163 mph, which is an 8 mph increase over the Mustang GT.
Components from the Mustang GT’s Performance Package such as MagneRide suspension and Brembo brakes come standard, as do Recaro seats.
The special-edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale in summer 2018 with a manual transmission.