2015 Nissan GT-R Gets Drivability Improvements, LED Headlights


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    2015 Nissan GT-R Picture

    2015 Nissan GT-R. | November 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Nissan GT-R features changes to the suspension, steering and brakes designed to make it easier to drive on the highway and around town.
  • New Dunlap tires increase road-holding and steering response.
  • New LED headlights increase illumination, especially at higher speeds.

TOKYO — In what has become an annual tradition, the Nissan GT-R enters its fifth year in production with a series of changes intended to keep it fresh in the constantly evolving and improving high-performance sports car segment.

Debuting at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the 2015 Nissan GT-R receives updates that largely focus on improved drivability and aesthetics. Changes to the suspension reportedly improve stability and achieve more consistent grip, while a reduction in vibration and road noise should make the GT-R a little friendlier to drive on the highway.

To make driving friendlier around town, the brakes have been modified to provide a more linear response and low-speed steering effort has been reduced. These changes should in theory address the common complaint that the GT-R is just too punishing when not driven aggressively.

It’s not all comfort and cruising, however. New Dunlap SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires, besides being rather verbosely named, should increase road-holding and steering response thanks to stiffer sidewalls.

To differentiate the 2015 GT-R from its predecessors, look to the new LED headlights. Besides being brighter and more efficient, the included Nissan Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) adjusts the beam angle longitudinally based on speed to improve long-distance illumination. Note that it is not a corner-illuminating adaptive system.

A subtle update to the taillights and enhanced assembly methods for improved build quality round out the changes, along with new Gold Flake Red Pearl paint. As the name suggests, actual microscopic gold-tinted glass flakes are infused in the red paint creating both a unique effect and an additional bragging point for owners.

Sales of the 2015 Nissan GT-R begin December 2 in Japan, which worldwide sides followed thereafter.

Edmunds says: Purists may scoff at improvements made to make Godzilla friendlier to drive, but doing so nevertheless broadens its appeal.

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