Although the body and engine block have stayed the same since its introduction back in 2007, nearly everything else on Nissan’s halo-performance machine has been massaged since then; now even more powerful and the track-focused NISMO breaks new ground.
Twin-turbocharged V6 produces 545 horsepower in “regular” GT-R, but boosted even further to 600 horses in the NISMO; still connected to a six-speed automated manual transmission that’s responsible for the sub-three-second zero-to-60-mph times. That’s right, zero to 60 mph, from a standing start, in 2.9 seconds.
The level of development done to the original GT-R since its 2007 introduction is beyond words, especially to keep the car fresh against ever-increasing competition. How dare Nissan take on the world’s most exalted sports cars and claim absolute superiority. But dare it has, and the result is a Super Coupe that can keep up — and often surpass — Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, etc., and do it for a relative pittance. While there appears little underhood to differentiate the 2015 edition from the previous efforts, there’s updated LED headlights and changes to the sheetmetal and front and rear fascias. Minor suspension changes focus on improving ride and handling. The 20-inch wheels (by a company called Rays) are light and rigid and the standard Dunlop tires are made using a compound that extends tread life and improves ride comfort. As for the engine, Nissan never seems content. Yes, output remains 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque, however Nissan has made the engine more responsive in the mid-and upper rev range. Little has changed with the six-speed automated manual transmission that’s located at the rear of the car along with the transfer case for the continuously variable all-wheel-drive system. Nissan claims a zero-to-60-mph time of a mere 2.9 seconds by using the car’s launch control that electronically limits wheel spin to achieve the quickest acceleration. One of the coolest GT-R iterations is the Black Edition (oddly, available in a variety of colors) that gets a hand-made “dry” (matte finish) carbon-fiber rear spoiler in addition to the unique leather interior trim and painted black wheels. But the all-new NISMO is the hardest GT-R yet, getting a nice, round 600 horsepower from the same engine, along with more aggressive suspension settings, brake-cooling ducts, a larger front spoiler and standalone rear spoiler. Oh, and more body pieces are made of carbon fiber, to make it the lightest and fastest GT-R ever.