The 2015 Nissan GT-R will receive a few minor refinements and upgrades for next year, mostly to the suspension and exterior appearance. This latest GT-R will likely be the last hurrah for the R35 generation, which first debuted for the 2009 model year. As our colleagues at Motor Trend reported earlier this year, an all-new version of the GT-R is expected to debut next year as a 2016 model.
The now-familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 produced an ample 485 hp in the first R35 Nissan GT-R, but has since been tuned for steadily beefier performance numbers. Over the course of its evolution the GT-R has kept the same engine, although power output was increased to 530 hp and then 545 hp along with various drivetrain and suspension improvements.
The 2015 Nissan GT-R is the culmination of this process, with 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque packaged in an improved chassis offering finely-tuned balance, stability, and control in both everyday and track conditions. Upgrades to the suspension include new tuning for the electronically controlled shock absorbers, modified front stabilizer spring rates, and updated bushings. Designed to keep the upgraded Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 tires in better contact with the road, these changes improve traction and overall ride comfort. Nissan has also optimized braking and steering calibration for easier maneuvering at low speeds, to make the car easier to drive in day-to-day use.
A few appearance upgrades are also offered on the 2015 Nissan GT-R, with new lighting technologies that further enhance the GT-R’s ferocious road presence. Stylized lightning-motif high-intensity multi-LED headlights are new for the Japanese supercar, increasing visibility in combination with adaptive front lighting that adjusts illumination according to the GT-R’s speed. The recognizable four-ring tail lights now illuminate in full circles, and all lighting activates upon start-up. Additionally, Gold Flake Red Pearl paint is now available as a paint option, featuring tiny gold-tinted glass flakes that add dramatic flash and luster. Interior upgrades to the 2015 Nissan GT-R include a new pale ivory two-tone trim option, which boasts a leather steering wheel and part-aniline leather seats with stitched accents.
The 2015 Nissan GT-R debuts at the 2013 Tokyo auto show and the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. The car goes on sale in Japan this December and will make its way to the U.S. market in spring 2014.
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