Power to Spare: The 2015 Nissan GT-R
When the words super car are spoke the thoughts often turn to makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and others, but not Nissan. However that thinking must change when looking at the Nissan GT-R. With a price tag that reaches over $100,000 the GT-R is not priced for the budget conscious, but it does offer a much better price than its international competition. With a full complement of racecar technology and massive horsepower this awesome street racer has enough juice to give a serious thrill ride to any driver and up to three passengers that will stick them in their seats with nothing but smiles on their faces.
Sporting a zero to sixty time that is under three seconds the GT-R has a top speed of 196 mph and the base engine brings in a monstrous 545 horsepower. If that isn’t enough horses, there is a track-oriented NISMO edition that brings 600 horsepower to really bring it and blow everything else away. The 2015 model added a Bose Active Noise Cancellation system to help keep the cabin much quieter as well as multi-LED headlights, circular tail lights, a stiffer anti roll bar, a race tuned suspension and the NISMO edition is also new for 2015.
The driving experience in the GT-R is akin to blunt force trauma like no other vehicle and with an engine that will reach sixty mph in under three seconds this car shoots off the starting blocks like a rocket. With all that power under the hood the steering has to be exceptional and the suspension keep the car and occupants glued to the road. Both accomplish their tasks easily and offer superior control of this high-speed high-performance machine meant to leave all others behind enjoying the tail light show.
Such raw and massive power normally would come paired with a monstrous engine that touts double digit cylinders, but that is not the case for the GT-R. The engines used are basically of normal size with base engine coming in the form of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that has a huge 545 horsepower and 463 lb.-ft. of torque. This awesome feat is achieved with the twin-turbochargers and plasma sprayed cylinders. This powerful engine is mated up to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that moves through the gears at a warp-like speed to get this speedster going. The fuel numbers come in at 16 city/23 hwy mpg, not that anyone owning a super car is really concerned with fuel economy.
The second offering is the NISMO tuned engine that squeezes everything it can out of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 to give owners the feeling of 600 horsepower and 481 lb.-ft. of torque. No fuel numbers were available, not that they matter for this car, but this car powered with this engine can reach the sixty mph mark from a standstill in 2.5 seconds, really wrecking other driver’s racing experience.
The cabin of the GT-R is supremely performance enhanced. With a huge red starting button and three handling and ride selection switches the control panel is all about performance. When the navigation system is not directing the driver to the next location the seven-inch screen displays all manner of data that is related to the performance of the speedy super car. The materials used in this car are soft and high class, for the price they need to be, and the steering wheel and all controls are easy to understand and use, allowing the occupants to absolutely fly down the road in super style.
The exterior of the GT-R is a continued education in performance by being as aerodynamic as possible as well as sleek and able to stick to the road. The angles of the car offer a seriously low drag coefficient and the different vents and ports help to keep this mean creature glued down while the engine is humming along trying to make it take flight. The Front sports a seriously sporty large front grill with race inspired slick back headlights. The sharp and steep angles give the car a serious sports car look that appears like it belongs on the track at Le Mans and not on a main street. The stance is wide for more stability and is finished off with a set of multi-spoked 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The Black Edition adds Rays Wheels and a carbon-fiber spoiler while the Track Edition has a carbon-fiber trunk lid to help reduce the weight of the car.
Three trims are offered for the Nissan GT-R, Premium, Black and Track. The base Premium edition offers standard features that includes leather seats, power front seats, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate controls, a seven-inch touch screen navigation system and an 11-speaker Bose audio system. The Black edition adds Recaro seats and Rays wheels. The Track edition offers a race-tuned suspension, a carbon-fiber trunk lid and additional brake cooling. The NISMO edition brings in the 600 horsepower engine as well as a reinforced body structure, additional suspension tweaks and other performance upgrades.
Because there is so much offered for the GT-R in the four different trim models there aren’t a great deal of optional features to add or choose from. The only real options are two packaged that are offered for the base Premium trim. The Cold Weather Package adds all-season tires and a special coolant mixture and the Premium Interior Package adds hand-stitched semi-aniline front seats. That’s it otherwise this car is one of beauty, speed, and performance that can be had in a choice of four levels.
Starting out at the Premium trim, which is aptly named, the opening price comes at a premium price of $103,365 for the entire high performance model that rivals the European competition. The Black and Track editions add about $10,000 to the price tag for the addition of the added performance and power features offered. The NISMO price has not been released as of yet. This may seem like too much to pay for a Nissan, but every one of the European competitors is more than double this price tag and this high-performance sports car gives all of them a run for their money.