2015 Nissan GT-R

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We all know that the next-generation Nissan GT-R has created quite a buzz in the automotive world; after all, everyone is interested in just how good (or bad) a hybrid GT-R will be. However this version is still several years away, so Nissan will simply continue updating the gasoline-powered version of the GT-R for now.

For the 2015 model year, Nissan made some changes to the exterior and the interior look, but most of the changes were made to the suspension system, giving it a "smoother ride comfort, more refinement, and benchmark fit and finish."

Since the engine and transmission were both updated for the 2014 model year , they continue unchanged in 2015. Besides, if the base GT-R isn’t powerful enough, you can always take a crack at the mighty GT-R Nismo version for your horsepower fix.

The revised Nissan GT-R will go on sale on December 2nd, as a 2014 model, and the 2015 model will hit showrooms in the U.S. in the beginning of 2014.

Updated 01/21/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2015 GT-R sports car which is now on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. prices will range from $101,770 for the GT-R Premium version and will go up to $115,710 for the GT-R Track Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan GT-R.

Exterior

Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R

While we all patiently wait on the next-generation GT-R, Nissan remains content with evolving the current model, keeping it as fresh as it can be. For the 2015 model year, the GT-R receives a few new new colors, updated headlights and revised taillights.

Up front, the headlights come as a high-intensity, multi-LED setup, allowing them to create a distinctive "lightning" motif that lets all know that the mighty GT-R is approaching and thatit would be wise to pull over and let it through. These new headlights features AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System), which automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the car, making sure the road ahead is always clear and well-lit.

Around back, the four-ring taillight signature now forms coherent circles of light, giving the new GT-R a distinctive look from the backside that all will notice.

All new for the 2015 model year is a "Gold Flake Red Pearl" paint that includes microscopic, gold-tinted glass flakes infused into the red paint.

as an option, buyers can choose a carbon-fiber rear wing, which also include a carbon-fiber trunk lid, so to not drastically increase the GT-R’s curb weight.

2014 GT-R Versus 2015 GT-R - Side by Side

Nissan GT-R

Headlight Detail

Nissan GT-R

Heat Extractor Trim Detail

Nissan GT-R

Interior

Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R

Nissan improved the GT-R’s cabin slightly, but all of the additions were purely aesthetic. Nissan offers three color schemes for the 2015 model year, and one of them is the all-new pale ivory trim option. Further updating the interior is contrast stitching on the part-aniline seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Drivetrain

Nissan GT-R

Nissan didn’t bother saying anything about what lies under the hood, so we expect the engine to remain the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers a total of 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. It is combined with a paddle-shifted, six-speed, dual-clutch transmission, which helps the potent GT-R hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds and still get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Suspension and Brakes

Nissan GT-R

As expected, the 2015 GT-R’s suspension and steering systems receive mild updates over last year’s model. The 2015 GT-R is offered with standard Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires sized 255/40ZRF20(97Y) up front and 285/35ZRF20(100Y) on the rear. This super-sticky slaps of vulcanized rubber ensure improved steering response in the twisties.

Nissan also updated the suspension to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels, which helps keep all four tires planted more evenly on the road. Additionally, Nissan tweaked the electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, revised the spring rates and changed the bush link.

The revised spring rate is by far the biggest and most notable boost, as this helps reduce the amount of vibration in the cabin as the GT-R rockets down the track. The reduced vibrations lead to less corrective action by the driver under hard acceleration.

The steering system also gets a light revision to help reduce the effort required for in-town maneuvers, but still deliver excellent feedback during high-speed driving.

Nissan calibrated the brake system so it now delivers a more firm, linear response at everyday speeds.

Prices

Nissan GT-R
Model Price
GT-R Premium$101,770 USD
GT-R Black Edition$111,510 USD
GT-R Track Edition (late availability)$115,710 USD

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo

Should we be surprised that Nissan decided to update the GT-R shortly after Porsche delivered the new-generation 911 Turbo, which happens to be the GT-R’s number one competitor? We think not.

The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 520 horsepower in the base version, or 560 in the S version. Porsche already announced that the new 911 Turbo lapped the ring in 7:30, making it just a little bit slower than the GT-R: 7:19.

Audi R8 V10

Audi R8 V10

The R8 V10 is another worthy competitor, despite boating four extra pistons.

The R8 V10 is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 390 pound-feet of twist at 6,500 rpm. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 196 mph.

Conclusion

Nissan GT-R

Though we are growing impatient for a completely overhauled GT-R, the fact that Nissan keeps tweaking the current model each year speaks volumes in how important this model is to the automaker. This year’s revisions, though light, are just what the GT-R needed to keep people talking about it.

LOVE IT
  • That red paint is astonishing
  • Updates to both the exterior and the interior
  • Upgraded suspension
LEAVE IT
  • No engine upgrades, not that it needed any updates
  • We’re nervous that the softening of the GT-R’s ride may lower its handling capabilities

Press Release

Evolution never stops for the Nissan GT-R. Nissan’s iconic sports car brings a refreshed vision of "innovation that excites" with the introduction of the 2015 (in the U.S.) model offering a new level of sophistication, yet with no compromise in performance.

Nissan GT-R

The sales of Nissan GT-R begin in Japan on December 2, to be followed by sales at Nissan dealerships in other markets worldwide.

The 2015 Nissan GT-R offers smoother ride comfort, more refinement and benchmark fit and finish, in the spirit of a great “GT,” while delivering breathtaking performance and road-holding. Its "multi-dimensional performance" means the driver can enjoy the full depth of the GT-R’s capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, cruising on the highway or even in an urban environment.

Adding premium appeal to the exterior and interior design, the 2015 Nissan GT-R delivers sophisticated driving pleasure and is the ultimate embodiment of Nissan’s brand philosophy: “innovation that excites.”

2015 Nissan GT-R Overview

Outstanding performance meets a new level of sophistication

Mechanical Updates

Chassis

Nissan GT-R

With outstanding adhesion from its tires, the GT-R is capable of stunning confident acceleration and braking performance

  • The suspension was fine-tuned to reduced load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better stability and more consistent grip.
  • More constant tire contact is achieved by optimized electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, as well as modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush link. The tuning of these parts, which makes best use of the suspension strokes and enhances road-holding capability, gives a poised, confident ride and outstanding traction on rough roads.
  • With minute vibrations and road noise reduced, a relaxing, comfortable ride is assured. An additional benefit is improved straight-line stability, with fewer small steering corrections needed to maintain the correct trajectory during highway driving.
  • The upgraded GT-R is now fitted as standard with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires, for outstanding road-holding and precise response in all conditions thanks to stiffer sidewalls which reduce deformation, improving steering response under hard cornering. At the front, their specification is: 255/40ZRF20(97Y) and at the rear: 285/35ZRF20(100Y)
  • The braking calibration has been retuned for a more firm, linear response at everyday speeds, making smooth braking more intuitive, generating greater confidence, particularly in wet conditions.
  • The GT-R’s steering has been fine-tuned to reduce the effort required for in-town maneuvers, while maintaining its exceptional feedback during high-speed driving. The combination of retuned suspension and exceptional steering feel give outstanding confidence at high speed.

Exterior design

Nissan GT-R

Dazzling motion when standing still

The 2015 Nissan GT-R maintains its position as one of the most striking supercars in the market. Significant updates to the Nissan GT-R’s lights both enhance the visual impact of the car. Customers looking for added visual impact now have a wider color palette to choose from.

  • The 2015 Nissan GT-R sports new efficient, high-intensity, multi-LED headlights that create a distinctive “lightning” motif, generating a striking exterior visual signature. With such a unique visual reference, the GT-R’s road presence is enhanced, particularly in low light and at night – while the fitment of the new headlights gives the driver increased visibility.
  • The new headlights feature AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System*) that automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the car. At highway speeds, actuators in the headlight unit adjust the angle of the projectors to project the light further. The four LED units are configured with new intensive LED high beam and three different LED low beams including long-distance-illumination and wide-illumination.
  • At the rear, the GT-R’s distinctive four-ring tail light signature now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive appearance, making it easily recognizable to fellow owners and enthusiasts.
  • Upon start up, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure.
  • Visual appeal is reinforced with the addition of a new body color called Gold Flake Red Pearl. As its name suggests, there are microscopic gold-tinted glass flakes infused into the red paint, creating a spectacular effect in the deep, lustrous paint as the light catches the finish.

Interior

Nissan GT-R

Upscale cabin appointments

  • Choice of three interior color schemes includes a new pale ivory trim option.
  • The steering wheel is trimmed in leather, for premium tactility, while the part-aniline leather seats are further embellished with stitched accents, giving the ambience of a genuine GT designed for cross-continental, first-class travel.

Body construction

Advanced body construction

  • To achieve the project’s ambitious targets for high-speed handling and ride comfort, Nissan enhanced the level of precision-constructed body elements and advanced assembly methods to create the 2015 Nissan GT-R.
  • Each part is made of materials selected for optimum performance: Precision-constructed, multi-material hybrid body combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum to achieve high stiffness and light weight.
  • Thanks to the rigidity of the GT-R’s body construction, suspension precision is guaranteed while refinement is enhanced, resulting in exceptional cabin refinement even at high speeds and under hard cornering.
  • Thanks to optimized insulation and acoustic tuning, even at high speeds, the occupants are able to enjoy the sporty engine sound.
  • An optional carbon rear wing is offered, which is attached to a carbon trunk lid, giving a weight saving of half compared with the standard trunk lid.


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