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A Nissan GT-R NISMO Shows It’s still Insanely Fast, Despite Its Age

The Nissan GT-R NISMO shows that it may be old, but it definitely isn’t obsolete, as it touches 200 mph on the Autobahn

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The Nissan GT-R has one of the biggest cult followings of any car. The fact of the matter is, the current R35 generation has been around since 2007. That’s 15 years in production, which is two years longer than the R32, R33, and R34 production cycles combined. But while the R35 GT-R may not be aging as gracefully, it’s still insanely capable, and AutoTopNL finally managed to get a 2015 GT-R NISMO in order to put it through its paces, on the Autobahn.

A Nissan GT-R NISMO Shows It's still Insanely Fast, Despite Its Age
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As usual, we get a POV tour around the NISMO, which is finished in Pearl White and features a full carbon-fiber body kit. The GT-R NISMO is completely standard, which means, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 puts out 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet (652 Nm). For 2020, those numbers remain unchanged. The gearbox is still the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic and power is sent to all four wheels.

Despite the GT-R’s purpose never being straight-line performance, it manages a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.7 seconds, with some even claiming as low as 2.48 seconds, under the right conditions. The top speed is 195 mph (315 km/h). At 3,792 pounds (1,720 kg), the NISMO is not much lighter than the regular Nissan GT-R.

A Nissan GT-R NISMO Shows It's still Insanely Fast, Despite Its Age
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2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo specifications
Engine 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6
Power 600 HP
Torque 481 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 2.7 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
Weight 3,792 lbs

This being a 2015 model year, it has the older (pre-2017) interior, which some would argue, it’s more distinctive. Of course, it benefits from all the NISMO touches, such as an Alcantara steering wheel with a red “12 o’clock” stripe. There’s also a red tachometer and various red accents throughout the interior, including red Alcantara on the seats.

What you really want to know is how it goes on the Autobahn. In manual mode, there’s a satisfying click when using the paddles, which partially makes up for the NISMO’s relatively unremarkable soundtrack. Although the six-speed DCT unit is far from its more modern competitors in terms of refinement, its close ratios allow for snappy acceleration. Unfortunately, due to the cold weather and tires, the NISMO managed a 3.4-second run to 62 mph (100 km/h).

A Nissan GT-R NISMO Shows It's still Insanely Fast, Despite Its Age
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On the Autobahn, the Nissan GT-R still managed some impressive figures, despite the NISMO body kit creating extra drag. The 100 to 200 km/h (62-124 mph) sprint took 7.37 seconds and that’s with a bad launch. Under perfect conditions, the same discipline would be achieved in under 7.0 seconds. As for the top speed run, it’s obvious the GT-R excels in short straights and high-speed corners. That said, at the top of sixth gear, it still managed to indicate 320 km/h (199 mph) on the speedometer. Not bad for a car with a big wing and lots of downforce. If you want to see Godzilla in action, swipe up for the full video.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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