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Epic Drives Takes a 2015 Nissan GT-R to the Canadian Rockies

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We know the 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition is well-suited to the track, but what about an exploration of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta? That's where Automobile Magazine editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine took the Japanese supercar in the latest episode of Epic Drive.

St. Antoine begins by getting acquainted with the 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition, which packs a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 engine good for 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. That's not the whole story, though, he explains: "The engine gets all the headlines, but the chassis of this car has been really underrated. It's really, really grippy. It just puts the power down so well. That's what gives you that real head snap."

The Epic Drive begins in Calgary, where St. Antoine checks out high-quality restaurants and then hits the town to experience its nightlife. Soon enough, the Epic Drives crew gets back on the road and tests the GT-R's launch control system, before continuing the drive toward the Rockies.

The next stop is a working ranch, where the Nissan GT-R blasts through fields to help round up a herd of horses. "Did you know that GT-R actually stands for Grand Touring Ranch?" St. Antoine jokes.

Despite its high-performance intentions, St. Antoine finds that the 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition is refined enough to use for a long trip. "The GT-R is actually a really good road car, one you can take on a really long trip and be pretty comfortable. It's relatively quiet at speed, you've got automatic climate control, Bose audio, and great Recaro seats."

The entire trip takes the Epic Drives crew up and down mountains, along winding roads, and past beautiful lakes throughout Alberta as St. Antoine and the GT-R head toward the Rocky Mountains. They even take a quick spin in a "snow coach" monster truck that can navigate across a giant glacier.

Check out the full Epic Drives trip to the Canadian Rockies in the 2015 Nissan GT-R in the video below.