2015 nissan Gt-r Nisimo
GT-R is its powerplant, a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that pumps out 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque. With the help of launch control, that output is sufficient to propel the coupe from zero-to-60 mph in an eye-popping 2.9 seconds on the way to a quarter mile run of just over eleven ticks - results that shame many cars costing twice as much as the GT-R.
The GT-R Nismo brings yet more power - 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque to be exact. Those figures are achieved by way of larger turbochargers borrowed from the GT-R GT3 race car, revised ignition timing, and retuned intake and exhaust systems. All-wheel-drive and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission play a big role in making the GT-R's accelerative heroics possible, with the later capable of ripping off shifts in the blink of an eye. Like other dual-clutch transmissions, it can be slightly unrefined in low-speed driving, but most buyers will find that a small price to pay for the incredible performance it facilitates.
Nissan GT-R fans, you can chill out or relax—or even chillax, if that’s your thing. It’s true that the standard 2015 GT-R is slightly toned down, but it’s not as though the automaker chiseled off the supercoupe’s hard edges. Think of them instead as sanded down by microns, an ever-so-slight reversal of course enabled by the fact that there now exists the baddest-ass Godzilla the world has ever seen: the new GT-R NISMO.
As for that “softening,” it isn’t necessarily a bad idea to tame the all-wheel-drive supercoupe a bit. Remember that current GT-R customers are advised they needn’t take their car to the dealer because of the uncouth noises it makes. Here’s what’s different for the non-NISMO car: The suspension gets new spring rates, revalved shocks, a softer, hollow 34-mm front anti-roll bar, and bushings that are softer in the vertical plane. New tires—measuring 255/40-20 up front and 285/35-20 at the rear, and still branded as Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTTs—have stiffer sidewalls and are said to be not so much softer as more compliant.
And Now for Something Completely NISMO
Of course, the GT-R NISMO heads in the opposite direction. The aim was to set a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for what Nissan calls “volume production cars,” the word “volume” allowing the maker to disavow the production-car crown recently grabbed by Porsche’s limited-run 918 spyder at 6 minutes 57 seconds. That is not to take anything away from this wicked GT-R, however, which ran around the Ring in 7 minutes 8.679 seconds when fitted with special track options the company will sell to whoever ponies up enough cash. (Nissan promises you’ll be able to own a GT-R like the lap car for less than $200,000.
In fact, “compliance” might be the overarching theme of the 2015 GT-R. Nissan engineers admit they found many circumstances in which a slightly squishier suspension could be just as effective, and possibly more so, on pavement that’s less than dead smooth; as they put it, “a more compliant suspension means more traction on a wider selection of roads.” For reference, the bogies in this regard were the Porsche 911 and various Mercedes AMG models. Nissan added more sound-deadening material as well as a Bose noise-canceling program for the sound system, all the better to quiet the cabin.