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2017 Nissan GT-R Updated With Revised Design, More Power

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2017 Nissan GT-R supercar

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and audio switches have reduced from 27 to just 11, simplifying controls, while the familiar seven-inch touchscreen has been replaced by an eight-inch unit.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?

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Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, Black

The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.

Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.

“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.

The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.

In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.

Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”

In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.

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Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra

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2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, rear top

A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.

Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.

“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”

2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, side

Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.

Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.

What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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