Meet the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

The last of the 2017 GT500 challengers for next year’s Autobacs Super GT Series has finally been revealed, with the unveiling of the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500.

A camouflaged version of the 2017 GT-R was seen testing at Suzuka Circuit and Autopolis, but the car was revealed, live and in completion, to the public at Twin Ring Motegi on Friday – and hopes to improve upon what may be the best pound-for-pound vehicle in the GT500 class.

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The front fascia reflects the subtle styling changes seen on the latest production version of the Nissan GT-R, with Nissan’s signature “V-Motion” grille pattern incorporated seamlessly into the design lines.

The heart of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 remains intact: Nissan’s two-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder NR20A will continue to power the updated GT-R.

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Nissan will seek to find aerodynamic improvements along the side skirts of the car, with downforce being reduced by 25 percent in 2017.

The revised GT-R has quite the reputation to uphold: The last-generation Nissan GT-R introduced in 2014 has won the last two GT500 championships in succession, and won eleven out of 22 races since the start of 2014.

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A big contributor to the downforce reduction is the smaller rear diffusers, which give the car a look more reminiscent of its road-going counterpart – a very positive design development!

Like the new Lexus LC 500 and Honda NSX-GT, we’ll see this new GT-R race for the first time in 2017.

Photos © Nissan Global

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