New for 2015

The 600-hp GT-R Nismo is introduced for the 2015 model year, with stiffer suspension and racing-derived aero work. The standard GT-R gets suspension revisions that improve ride and comfort, making the car quieter on the road.

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan GT-R is the iconic supercar-beater that slots in above the 370Z as the automaker’s flagship sports car.

Summary

The 2015 Nissan GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 that is paired to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which powers all four wheels. Non-Nismo models produce 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, and are good for an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway.

Stepping up to a GT-R Nismo means 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, identical fuel economy numbers, a stiffer suspension, increased structural rigidity, Nismo aerodynamic exterior elements, Recaro front seats, and an Alcantara trimmed steering wheel. A non-traditional placement of the transmission at the rear of the GT-R contributes to balance and its low center of gravity help to improve handling. As in years past, the 7-inch color display houses the navigation and 14 pages of mechanical and driving information.

The 2015 Nissan GT-R has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The Nissan GT-R continues to push the boundaries of performance. 7 minutes and 8 seconds around the Nürburgring Nordschleife course was the time set by the new GT-R Nismo, and is the new record for a volume production vehicle. The GT-R, in such fashion, continues to assert its dominance on paper, in lap times, and 0-60 numbers (as low as just under 3.0 seconds).

In the past we’ve faulted the GT-R for being inhospitable on the street, pointing to a stiff suspension, lots of tire and transmission noise, and a healthy portion of lag from the twin turbochargers. For 2015 Nissan has addressed several of these issues by revising the suspension damping for more comfort, lightened the steering effort at city speeds, and recalibrated the Brembo brakes for a more linear response. Sound deadening and noise cancellation via the Bose audio system have been added to quell the alarming powertrain noise refinement issues. After driving both the standard 2015 GT-R and Nismo GT-R one editor noted, “Some diehards, we suspect, will accuse Nissan of wimping out. But two miles on brutalized pavement in the 2015 GT-R should quell complaints, along with extraneous whirring, clacking, and trembling.” The GT-R is as unbelievably fast as ever, and improvements have been made in all the right places. One complaint remains from the driving enthusiast generation who fell in love with the activity before Gran Turismo came out: the GT-R does so much for you that you feel uninvolved.

Though the GT-R’s steering and suspension have improved since the current-generation car went on sale, there’s still less driver involvement and tactile feedback in a GT-R than any of its competitors. The video game generation only cares about ludicrous performance numbers, which the GT-R produces time after time for even a novice pilot. Anyone who fell in love with cars before video games became mainstream cares more about how a car communicates with its driver than all-out performance figures.

You’ll Like

  • Sub 3-second 0-60 time
  • 600-hp GT-R Nismo
  • Nicely finished cabin

You Won’t Like

  • Lots of tire and driveline noise
  • No manual transmission option
  • Lacks soul-stirring exhaust note of competition

Key Competitors

  • BMW M3
  • Audi R8
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Porsche 911

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