2015 Nissan GT-R Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Stupefying acceleration
  • very high handling limits
  • easy to drive
  • high-quality interior.
  • Doesn't evoke as much passion as some competitors
  • no conventional manual transmission.

The Nissan GT-R has firmly established its reputation as a world-class supercar. Continual improvements and the new Nismo edition only add to its status.

Vehicle overview

Six years after the Nissan GT-R officially came stateside, it's fair to say that this ultra-high-performance car is still completely bonkers. There's a 545-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 engine. A dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. An advanced all-wheel-drive system. An adaptive suspension. Nitrogen-filled tires. There's even an in-car performance meter display that was co-developed by the people who created the Gran Turismo video game franchise. What else could you possibly want?

Well, how about even more bonkers? For the 2015 Nissan GT-R, there's a new GT-R Nismo model. Meant to be the ultimate factory-produced, racetrack-going GT-R, the Nismo benefits from a variety of performance-enhancing upgrades. Nissan upped the V6's power output to achieve a truly over-the-top 600 hp, while the suspension has been retuned to be even more race-oriented. Nissan even went to the trouble to stiffen the Nismo's body structure and add special aerodynamic, downforce-producing enhancements, the most noticeable being a new rear wing that looks as if it could have come directly from Boeing.

Thankfully, Nissan also knows that not everybody wants just "more." And for them, the regular-strength versions of the GT-R are more livable this year. Improvements to the GT-R's suspension, as well as steering and brake hardware, have made the car more comfortable to drive every day. On the outside, both the front and rear ends have been given a face-lift that includes details like new LED adaptive headlights and a standard rearview camera. Inside, there's more sound-deadening material and a new active noise-canceling system.

This combination of the even more extreme Nismo model along with the slightly more refined standard version keeps the Edmunds.com "A" rated 2015 Nissan GT-R right in the mix of the best supercars available. It's still fair to say that it won't generate quite the same passionate experience that you get from the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3. Nor is it quite the value it once was considering the power and price of new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The highly anticipated 2016 Acura NSX is another enticing alternative. But the GT-R is still very much bonkers, and for that, we're grateful.

2015 Nissan GT-R models

The 2015 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance 2+2 sport coupe with seating for four passengers. It is offered in four trim levels, including Premium, a Black Edition and a Track Edition. A new, more powerful GT-R Nismo version makes its debut this year.

The entry-level Premium model's list of standard equipment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, summer-rated tires, an adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, automatic LED adaptive headlights, LED running lights, a rearview camera and keyless ignition/entry. Inside you'll find dual-zone automatic climate control, leather/simulated-suede upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat and four-way power front passenger seat, heated front seats, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a navigation system and an 11-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface. An active noise-cancelling system is also standard for 2015.

There are two optional packages. The Premium Interior package adds upgraded leather upholstery while the Cold Weather package gets you all-season run-flat tires and a special coolant mixture for faster engine warm-up.

The 2015 GT-R Black Edition features lightweight black alloy wheels, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, Recaro front sport seats and unique black and red interior trim. The Track Edition is equipped much like the Black Edition, but includes competition-ready upgrades including firmer suspension tuning, a front spoiler, front and rear brake cooling ducts, a carbon-fiber trunk lid and specially bolstered front sport seats. The GT-R Premium's option packages aren't available for the Black or Track Edition.

Aside from its beefed-up engine, reinforced body and firmer suspension, the Nismo model gets aerodynamic upgrades and distinctive interior trim.

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2015 Highlights

The 2015 Nissan GT-R lineup gains a new 600-horsepower Nismo edition, while the base model benefits from a number of suspension, steering, braking and tire design tweaks. Adaptive LED headlights, additional sound insulation and a noise-canceling system are also added to the standard equipment list.

Performance & mpg

The 2015 Nissan GT-R is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that generates 545 hp and 463 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automated manual transmission routes this power to the ground through an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

Utilizing a built-in launch-control program, its performance is nothing less than jaw-dropping, with the 0-60-mph sprint taking just 3.2 seconds. This powertrain also achieves respectable fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway). We validated these estimates with our own real-world 23 mpg measured over Edmunds' 120-mile evaluation loop.

The 2015 GT-R Nismo gets an upgraded version of this V6 that puts out 600 hp and 481 lb-ft.

Safety

Standard safety features on the Nissan GT-R include antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In recent Edmunds brake testing, we recorded a best 60-0-mph stopping distance of 99 feet, which is on par with the world's best.

Driving

The most significant changes to the 2015 Nissan GT-R aren't readily apparent from the outside, but they're hard to miss once you're behind the steering wheel. Perhaps the most marked improvement is that Nissan's supercar now feels considerably more refined in everyday driving. In fact, the more compliant ride, lighter steering effort at low speeds and quieter interior put this latest GT-R on a stronger footing with more expensive rivals from European luxury brands.

Thankfully, these upgrades don't take away from the impressive performance that has made the GT-R the object of gearhead fantasies since its U.S. debut five years ago. In fact, testing the 2015 GT-R's handling on our slalom and skid pad exercises showed a measureable improvement over prior less compliant versions, setting a new production-car record in the process.

The turbo V6 produces acceleration that's not unlike the jump to warp speed, while the transmission rips off rapid and perfectly rev-matched gearchanges. The sophisticated all-wheel-drive system is still a wonder, too, as it directs power where it's most needed for maximum traction, and for greatest effect on handling.

This is also an exotic that remains remarkably easy to drive fast. Chuck the GT-R into a corner, any corner, and it sticks through the bend and rockets out the other side. But it never surprises. It's frightening in the same way that commercial air travel is: It's the conscious thought of the speed you're traveling (and the consequences thereof) that raises hairs, not the direct knowledge that you're in control of something special. Some drivers might find this advantageous, but others will bemoan the lack of passion.

Interior

The 2015 Nissan GT-R combines the driver-oriented cockpit you'd expect from a sport coupe with user-friendly controls. The combination of well-bolstered front seats and paddle shifters makes it easy for the driver to focus his or her attention on the business at hand. Everything is within reach and where it should be, just like in a normal car.

In addition to the typical navigation and audio displays, the 7-inch touchscreen can bring up info like gear position while underway and also play back a range of performance data including lap times and G-forces generated during aggressive cornering.

Unlike cars with similar performance, getting in and out of the upright GT-R is a snap. The seating position is relatively high and the doors are long. The standard front seats also offer surprisingly good comfort for such a performance-focused machine, making the GT-R a reasonable road trip companion. The Black Edition, Track Edition and new Nismo models all get more heavily bolstered front seats better suited to aggressive driving.

Rear seats are only suitable for small children but, in this category, that's more than can be said for many of its competitors. Trunk space is also decent by supercar standards, with 8.8 cubic feet of cargo room.


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5 out of 5 stars
Incredible car!!
jhanover,06/20/2014
Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
So I've been wanting to buy a GTR since I first drove one back in Gran Turismo on the PS1 when I was just a teen. Lucky me, Godzilla came to the U.S. in 2008 and they thankfully haven't changed it that much over the years! So I finally got my chance to buy my brand new GTR about a week ago. It's my dream car! It is incredible, it's got incredible power, prowress and comfort. Don't be frightened by auto journalists weenies. This thing rides like a pussy cat on the prowl. Not jarring or rough. If you want a Japanese supercar, this is it.
4.63 out of 5 stars
What can I say, but Wow!
hfzeus,11/24/2014
Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
This is by a wide margin the best car I have ever had (or even been in). As an engineer, I am amazed at this car and what it can do. First, the downsides (which are far surpassed by it's positive qualities. It does not like to go slow (neither do I). At speeds under 30 or so, the transmission makes strange noises and the steering is a little rough. The suspension, even in comfort mode, would not allow you to to surgery in the back seat. And if you ever can temporarily give up driving this car, you better watch out for curbs. The ground clearance would make a mouse do the limbo. But that is not what this car was engineered for. It is an absolute thrill to drive.
5 out of 5 stars
Ninja Land Rocket
rockit_syntist,04/19/2014
Black Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
I can't put into words just how good it feels to drive my new 2015 GT-R Black Edition. I've been a Nissan fan since 1977 when I got a new Datsun 280Z (still have it) that has never had a single problem. Much as I love that Z car, the GT-R is from another universe. From the moment you fire it up & hear that low growl as the systems status unfold on the various display screens, you know you are about to experience more driving pleasure on four wheels than the law allows. Then with the slightest tap on the pedal every rumor you heard & every Youtube video you watched becomes reality. I considered many other 'supercars', but none were as badass cool for the price as my Super Silver GT-R.
5 out of 5 stars
Lives up to the Hype
Paresh,12/25/2020
Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM)
This is an amazing car that will run the best of them. I’ve never had a single mechanical problem with this car and hard to believe considering my car has 740 horses. Surprisingly so many folks still have never heard of the GTR and who makes it. I love the fact that it’s not flashy and a car that you want see out and about everyday.

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Used 2015 Nissan GT-R Overview

The Used 2015 Nissan GT-R is offered in the following submodels: GT-R Coupe, GT-R NISMO. Available styles include Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), Black Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), and Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM). Pre-owned Nissan GT-R models are available with a 3.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 600 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2015 Nissan GT-R comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual.

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