2015 Nissan GT-R

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LOS ANGELES -- You have to be a little bit defiant to drive a 2015 Nissan GT-R. It’s likely that you’ll be the only GT-R in your neighborhood, and it’s not as if very many drivers will be pulling alongside and giving you the high sign.
Sure, plenty of people will acknowledge that the 2015 Nissan GT-R is quicker, faster, and grippier in the corners than anything this side of an F1 car, and they’ll admit that it’s a general all-around miracle of vehicle dynamics besides. And then in the next breath, they will try to tell you that a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or a McLaren 650S is actually better than a GT-R, even though these cars are not necessarily quicker, faster, grippier, etc., than the Nissan.
The Nissan GT-R just doesn’t get any respect. So let us engage in a little defiant commentary.
2015 Nissan GT R Rear Right View

Bruising, not cruising

From the moment the Nissan GT-R set a record lap time at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife in 2008, the whining hasn’t stopped. From every quarter have come complaints that the GT-R doesn’t track effortlessly straight and true on a bumpy freeway surface, plus the rear suspension sure does feel harsh. And what’s that clicking and whirring from the six-speed dual-clutch transmission? Sadly, it appears that these critics don’t actually understand what the GT-R is about. Perhaps what they’re looking for is some kind of Honda Accord, only one that looks like a BMW.
From the first, the Nissan GT-R has never made a secret of being anything other than a street-legal track car. The DOHC, 3.8-liter V-6 features twin IHI turbos to help pump out the power, and the engine is matched to a special quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission designed to withstand the torque loads. Nissan’s ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system helps turn the power into forward motion instead of just tire smoke. The brakes are dead serious, with racing-style floating rotors matched up with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The forged-aluminum RAYS 20-inch wheels carry wide tires, 255/40ZRF-20 front and 285/35ZRF-20 rear. And the all-singing, all-dancing electronics let you tune the transmission, suspension, and general vehicle dynamics to your needs.
Does all this sound like a Honda Accord to you?
2015 Nissan GT R Front Right Side View

Cruising, not bruising

Nevertheless, Nissan has done its best since the GT-R’s introduction to the U.S. in 2009 to make the car more street-friendly. And although the 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium remains a track car through and through, it is now quiet and comfortable enough to please even the faint of heart. Part of the reason is that the newly introduced GT-R Nismo can remain a hardcore product, so the Premium can get warm and fuzzy.
We must admit it doesn’t take more than a couple hundred yards on the freeway to figure out that this is a far more comfortable car than before. The car glides over seams in the concrete surface almost as if they weren’t there, which is quite something when you remember that these seams used to feel as tall as speed bumps in the 2009 GT-R. Thanks to softer springs and dramatically different calibration for the Bilstein dampers, the 2015 Nissan GT-R’s suspension feels supple, not stiff, and the car rides rough pavement without any annoying patter from the tires.
2015 Nissan GT R Rear View
Just as different is the general demeanor of calm within the cabin thanks to the Bose audio system’s noise-cancellation technology. The turbos still announce their presence, and the clicks and whirs of the rear-mounted, dual-clutch BorgWarner transmission still remind us of the sounds made by a racing-type dog-ring gearbox, yet the general noise level has noticeably diminished, which is welcome simply because it takes the edge off those trips where you’re on the road for half the day.
2015 Nissan GT R Interior

Godzilla, not Little Tykes Cozy Coupe

For all this, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium is still Godzilla, not a kid’s toy. You must be this big to drive the GT-R quickly. It reacts a fraction less quickly thanks to a softer anti-roll bar and softer bushings in front, plus the softer suspension tune, yet the cornering limits are just as high as before, especially with Dunlop SP SportMaxx GT600 DSSTs on each corner. The car still understeers predictably at the limit, which is something that is reassuring on the Nordschleife, no matter what some drivers might report from low-speed tests on a skidpad where there are no trees to hit.
But for all this, the 2015 Nissan GT-R also hasn't changed with respect to the way it looks. Despite the adaptive LED exterior lights and the carbon-fiber interior flourishes for 2015, this remains a car that is defiantly brutal and ugly. You’ll find only the usual monochromatic Nissan styling treatment within the cabin, and nothing visually reinforces the unique character of the car, whether the master color is black, ivory, or red. As for the exterior of the car, it looks best when it’s painted up in racing colors, like one of the GT-R entries in the Pirelli World Challenge.
2015 Nissan GT R Left Side View

No change for 2016 GT-R

Right about now the 2016 Nissan GT-R will be arriving in Nissan dealerships, although you won’t notice many differences from the 2015 GT-R. As far as the 2016 GT-R Premium goes, the RAYS wheels look different (20 spokes instead of 10) and you can get a special model, the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition. But really, everything is the same, even the price. And as before, there’s a GT-R Black edition, plus the pumped up 600-hp 2016 GT-R Nismo.
Since its introduction, Nissan has tuned and tweaked the GT-R just as you would expect with any serious high-performance car. The GT-R Nismo is still the fourth-fastest production car to lap the Nordschleife, and you can argue that it is the fastest car in genuine volume production to ever make the circuit. The GT-R also recently prevailed at a round of the Pirelli World Challenge, where the field includes GT3-specification examples of the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac ATS-V, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 650S, Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS, Porsche 911, and SRT Viper. And yet the GT-R gets no respect.
2015 Nissan GT R Front Right View
No doubt if the Nissan GT-R looked more like a Porsche 911, people would line up to say good things about it. But for now, we usually feel defiantly alone when we’re at the wheel of this car. Of course, once in a long while, someone in a Japanese-label car will swerve closer for a better look and give us the high sign, just so we know that there’s someone else out there who gets what the GT-R is about.

2015 Nissan GT-R Premium Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $103,365/$106,650 base/as tested
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6/545 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 463 lb-ft @ 3,200-5,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Layout:2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD hatchback coupe
Fuel Mileage: 16/23 mpg (city/highway)
L x W x H: 183.8 x 74.6 x 53.9 in
Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Weight: 3,851 lb
0-60 MPH:3.0 sec
Top Speed:196 mph
2015 Nissan GT R Front Right View
Sodegaura, Japan
7:08.679 seconds.
For Nissan, that string of digits -- seven minutes, eight seconds, and change -- was the mantra of the GT-R Nismo, chanted at the recent Tokyo motor show reveal by everyone from Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn to test driver Michael Krumm. For the world's sports cars (excepting a couple of million-dollar babies), the Nissan's lap time at Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife course represents a fearsome new bogey.
For all the tiresome obsession with 'Ring times -- the simplistic, reductive refuge of fanboys the world over -- the Nissan's time, a record for a volume production car, says something objective about its real-world capabilities. That lap is fifty seconds quicker than Cadillac's in 2008, when the 556-hp CTS-V became the first showroom sedan to run below eight minutes. The Nismo's lap beats the GT-R's previous best by ten seconds.
So a pit-lane, champagne hose-down for the Nissan, yes. But also caveats: The stratospherically expensive McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder have smashed the seven-minute barrier at the 'Ring. And the GT-R Nismo ain't cheap. The 600-horse bruiser will start at about $150,000 beginning this summer, and it should surpass 160 large with the track package that helped Krumm escort his camouflaged "time attack" GT-R so stirringly around the 12.8-mile course.
That's a lot of dough for a Nissan that, when standing still, might get confused for a Tokyo-tuned Ford Mustang. It costs decisively more than a Chevy Corvette ZR1 and is on par with a Porsche 911 Turbo or an Audi R8 V10, to name three sports cars that add refinement to the endorphin rush. And it's double the price of the first Godzilla to stomp ashore in America, which came in at $70,850 for 2009.
But fear not, PlayStation pushers. A modestly reworked 2015 GT-R is now hitting showrooms. Compared with the Nismo's Hyde, lying in wait to murder unsuspecting exotics, the standard GT-R isn't exactly Jekyll, not with the carryover 545-hp, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 and idiot-proof all-wheel-drive system.
Hiroshi Tamura, the GT-R's chief product specialist, did focus on the "GT" side of the name, aiming for a more mature, less punishing car without sacrificing a jot of supercar performance.
That goal has been met, although visible changes are subtle. New adaptive LED headlamps and four-ring taillamps flare to life on start-up. Interior fit and finish are improved, although the available ivory leather seems almost effete for a child wild enough to rock a loincloth.
Nissan actually softened stabilizer and damper rates of the adjustable Bilstein shocks to reduce load fluctuations among the wheels and to boost suspension stroke at high g's. Steering effort is lighter at city speeds. Brembo brakes are recalibrated for more linear response and improved wet performance.
In tandem with twenty-inch Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tires with stiffer sidewalls and a new compound, the added compliance translates into more grip and confidence by better pinning the tires to undulating pavement -- as experienced on the 'Ring, one reason that it's the world's leading gauntlet for handling development.
Captain Nismo's ship makes 481 lb-ft of torque, up from 463 lb-ft in the base GT-R, and spools up its 55 additional horses by using larger, GT3-racing-derived turbos, a higher-pressure fuel pump, and revised ignition timing.
A carbon-fiber wing flips a salute from the carbon trunk lid. There's a ground-scraping lower front fascia and flaring bumpers, with more carbon fabric wrapping the Nismo's nether regions. The body changes generate an extra 220 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. Stiffer adjustable Bilstein dampers join revised front links and more rigid wheel-hub bolts. The body is adhesive bonded. A hollow, 0.7-inch rear antiroll bar trims weight and adds stiffness.
Inside, the Nismo has carbon fiber this and Alcantara that, including a suede-y three-spoke steering wheel. But some obligatory materials, even the stellar Recaro seats, can't paper over the general impression: in contrast with other six-figure supercars, the Nissan's interior is like Carl from Caddyshack guzzling brews in the Bushwood dining room.
GT-R fans, of course, would choose Carl over pompous Judge Smails any day and would take the Nissan over some precious Porsche 911. To them, the GT-R's kill-the-rich personality is integral to its charm.
To gauge the Nismo's charm attack, we were granted some teasing test laps. Clawing around Japan's cozy Sodegaura Forest Raceway, the Nismo felt insanely, unstoppably fast. What else is new? We'll await side-by-side testing of both models to offer judgment.
On two-laners, a standard, right-hand-drive GT-R showed its near-criminal talent -- contributing to the delinquency of grown-ups -- but with welcome gains in civility and ride quality. Added sound deadening and noise cancellation via the Bose audio system quells nasty powertrain frequencies. Shift quality from the six-speed, dual-clutch automatic will no longer provoke panicked calls to the dealer. The driveline feels less lashy, noisy, and mechanical.
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. Now -- giving the Nismo its numerical due -- if we could only shut down the white-noise 'Ring debates, the world would be a better place.

2015 Nissan GT-R/GT-R Nismo

On Sale: Now/mid-2014 (GT-R/GT-R Nismo)
Price: $101,000/$150,000 (GT-R/GT-R Nismo, est.)
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbo V-6, 545/600 hp, 463/481 lb-ft
Drive: 4-wheel
Est. Fuel Mileage: 15-16/22-23 mpg
2015 Nissan GT-R
2015 Nissan GT-R

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.


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


Nissan GT R Rendering Front
With heavy-hitters new to the stage, such as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and McLaren 650S, it’s frankly amazing that the Nissan GT-R has stayed so competitive. According to a new report the GT-R’s successor has been delayed until 2020, so we’ll see just how much more staying power the all-wheel-drive track monster has up its sleeve.
Nissan GT R Nismo N Attack Front Three Quarter
Back in 2013, Nissan set the world of internet commenting ablaze when its GT-R Nismo set a blistering 7 minute, 8.679-second lap time at the Nürburgring. Now anyone with enough cash can convert their own personal Nissan GT-R Nismo to the same specification as the 'Ring-destroying car that Nismo developed specifically to set that lap record.
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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a treacherous, unforgiving race to the sky. The 12.42 mile tarmac snake consists of a dizzyingly quick 4,720-foot ascension, with the altitude capping out at 14,110 feet at the finish line. On the newest episode of Ignition, professional racer and resident Motor Trend hotshoe Randy Pobst takes the helm of a specially-prepped Nissan GT-R as he attempts to tame the legendary hill climb.
2016 Nissan Gt R Gold Edition Front Three Quarters
Another model year for the Nissan GT-R means another round of mild updates for the high-performance coupe. Along with five extra horsepower for all non-Nismo GT-Rs, there is also a new Gold Edition GT-R meant to celebrate the 45th anniversary of this iconic performance model for Nissan.

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2015 Nissan GT-R Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.8L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
545 hp @ 6400rpm
463 ft lb of torque @ 3200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD
  • Navigation
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 GT-R vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to June 16, 2015 to be sold in Puerto Rico. The affected vehicles have a Certification Label that is missing the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."
Due to the label missing the GVWR/GAWR information, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will apply a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on December 23, 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
Nissan North America, Inc.

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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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