By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.6
If there's such a thing as a supercar for the budget-conscious, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is it. While it's no longer quite the deal it once was, the $103,000 and up GT-R has the performance chops to pace or even pounce exotic cars such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis that can cost twice as much. Though it wears a mainstream badge, the GT-R is endowed with racecar technology and a phenomenal engine. A performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system enables the GT-R to have gargantuan grip, while its 545-horsepower V6 has the power to pin you and up to three passengers to your seats. For enthusiasts who somehow need even more, a 600-horsepower, track-oriented NISMO edition joins the GT-R lineup for 2015.
Zero to 60 mph in under three seconds, 545 horses powering all four wheels, seating for four, and a top speed of 196 mph. If these stats get your heart racing, the 2015 Nissan GT-R has a good chance of keeping that organ pounding.
While the Nissan GT-R certainly has awesome performance, it doesn't wear an aspirational badge and isn't laden with luxuries. If you want your $100,000 to go more toward high-end brand appeal and overall refinement, set your eyes on a Porsche, Audi, BMW, Jaguar or Maserati.
In a bid to make the GT-R's cabin feel quieter, 2015 models receive Bose Active Noise Cancellation. Also new are multi-LED headlights and new circular taillight treatment. The new, range-topping NISMO edition packs 600 horsepower, a stiffer rear anti-roll bar and race-tuned suspension.
Driving Impressions Pressing a button brings the 2015 Nissan GT-R's twin-turbocharged V6 engine to life. And pressing the throttle brings the driver to life. Floor it, and this coupe throws you back...... in your seat – that's what happens when you have the ability to blast to 60 mph in under three seconds. This blunt force would be terrifying if not for the GT-R's array of mechanical and electronic chassis systems intended to keep both car and driver safe at high speeds. And Nissan's supercar remains much more than a straight-line performer. Its cornering grip borders on surreal. The car's adjustable suspension, well-weighted steering and stop-me-now Brembo brakes all work to make the GT-R thrilling when pushed, while its 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can fire off shifts far more rapidly than a traditional manual gearbox. Do know that, unlike a Porsche 911 or Audi R8, the GT-R's raw performance comes at a compromise to overall driving comfort.
TWIN-TURBO V6 ENGINE
Nissan's hand-built 3.8-liter V6 is a wonder of technology that packs power most V8s would envy: 545 horsepower in regular GT-R models, and an astounding 600 in the NISMO edition. So much pride goes into their assembly that an aluminum plate adorns each engine honoring the name of its craftsman.
DRIVER-TUNABLE VEHICLE DYNAMICS
The 2015 Nissan GT-R lets you select from several ride-compliance, stability-control and transmission-shift program settings, which can transform the car from a high-profile but quite livable urban cruiser into a hard-edged corner-carver that can run with the best-handling cars in the world.
Even the 2015 GT-R's cabin is performance-minded. Slide into the driver's seat and you'll immediately notice the big red start button located just below the gearshift, between the two front leather-appointed seats. The front console has a trio of switches to select ride and handling settings, and when not showing navigation info on its 7-inch screen, the center display relays all manner of data relating to performance, including the torque split between wheels and transmission oil temperature. The Track Edition regains the two small rear seats previously removed to shed weight, but like other GT-R models, they are better at accommodating cargo than people.Exterior
At 183.9 inches long, Nissan's performance coupe isn't big on paper but has a commanding presence in person. And it's not all for show. This supercar's collage of sharp angles, rounded contours and crisp edges give it a 0.26 coefficient of drag that help is slip through the air. Various other bits, such as the GT-R's enormous front-fender vents, provide front downforce. Staggered-width 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels further aid the GT-R's stability. Black Edition models stand out with Rays Wheels and a carbon-fiber spoiler, while the Track Edition boasts a carbon-fiber trunklid to reduce weight.
The 2015 Nissan GT-R initially arrives in three major trims: Premium, Black and Track. Even the base "Premium" version is loaded, as should be expected with its $103,000 starting price. In addition to blistering performance, that money gets you a coupe with leather-appointed and power-operated front seats, a rear-view monitor, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch touch-screen nav system, and 11-speaker Bose audio. The Black edition adds Recaro seats and Rays wheels. Track versions have a race-tuned suspension, plus a carbon-fiber trunklid and additional brake cooling. The late-availability Nissan GT-R NISMO edition boasts 600 horsepower, reinforced body structure, further suspension tweaks and other performance upgrades.
Unlike its exotic rivals, the 2015 Nissan GT-R doesn't go crazy with extras. In fact, just two packages are available, both for the Premium trim. The Cold Weather Package includes all-season tires and special coolant mixture, while the Premium Interior Package has hand-stitched semi-aniline front seats interior treatments.
Given that the 2015 Nissan GT-R can out-accelerate exotic cars, you may think it houses a massive engine. This isn't the case. The GT-R actually uses a relatively small 3.8-liter V6. Yet the engine creates an incredible 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque thanks to twin-turbochargers and near-magical feats of engineering that include plasma-sprayed cylinder bores for reduced friction. The NISMO version takes things to another level with 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. With its sequential 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the standard GT-R can rocket from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds. NISMO editions may be able to manage that feat in a warp-like 2.5 seconds.
3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6
545 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
463 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200-5,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg
3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6
481 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2015 Nissan GT-R starts at $103,365. Black and Track editions add roughly $10,000 to that price. The amount needed to get into a NISMO GT-R is forthcoming. Six figures for a Nissan may seem a big ask, but relative to the exotic cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis that it can outrun, it's a bargain supercar. Still, the GT-R's rising price over the years has been hard to ignore, now more especially so with the new Chevrolet Corvette on the scene that also offers tremendous performance and good livability with a mid-$50,000 starting price. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 also makes an obscene amount of horsepower – 662 – while starting in the mid-$50,000 range. Check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their GT-Rs. Resale value is another strong point for the GT-R, with residuals of Nissan's supercoupe matching those of an Audi R8.
By Tasha's Guy on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Pros: "Awesome performance for cheaper money."
Cons: "Not so reliable, rough annoying ride,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Though the GTR is a bit overrated by the fans the only thing I can say that's tremendously great is the fact that the average joe can now enjoy performance near that of Porsche,Lambo, Viper, and Z06 etc. No matter how many times you hear that it's the fastest car on the planet, the sad reality is that it's not. Fans just say that for many reasons and though I have my own,I'll let you come up with your own theories on why they do this,lol. Anyway two things I never liked was the fact that they(Nissan Dealer) never let you test drive one before you buy, or rarely (That's to keep you from comparing it,lol) secondly nissan does NOT I repeat does NOT stand behind the transmission or more importantly the customer. Iowned a 2013 GTR, until last month, and I fought tooth and nail with Nissan, and it cost me over $20,000 USD in attorney fees to get nissan to buy back their GTR with the burned out Transmission and Launch Control. Now I have another battle brewing over being compensated for those attorney fees, so that I can pay back some of it to my dad and brother. Okay yes I attempted to race a gallardo, and a Porsche GT3 but got my rear handed to me, and ended up on the side of the track in Florida with a GTR that refused to move. Obviously many of you fellow GTR owners know that in order to run numbers closer to those cars or better,on the 1/4 mile, you need to engauge launch control. So why did Nissan put in the launch control??? especially when it burns out. I'm not here to discourage anyone on the GTR, or cause you to dislike it, I am here to bring about awareness to those who may have thoughts of forking over hard earned cash to a Nissan salesman for a product that on the long run may end up really disappointing you. I bought a Porsche (Unfortunately I had to go used) and am slowly modifying it and so far I'm really excited and happy with my investment. I think this one made me fall in love all over again. I recommend the GTR for the money, if you're not able to afford a McLaren, Porsche, Audi, Lambo, Ferrari etc. Good luck!"
20 people out of 33 found this review helpful
By GTRinGA on Monday, March 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Performance, value, safety,fun,adrenaline pumping"
Cons: "Exepnsive for the average Joe"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own a 2014 Nissan GTR and all I can say is WOW, this is simply the best performance to value package on the market. Nothing comes close to the handling, acceleration and top end speed of this car. Everyone I've taken for rides in the car loves it, one of my friends even bought one for himself."
7 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By GTR FAN on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I want this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "4 seats, twin Ts v6, under 120k, fast, fun"
Cons: "interior is improving, stiffer ride cuz of tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"this car is LITERALLY the only car you can buy and feel like you get a bang for your buck! this car holds its own value very well and does exactly what everyone says in performance reviews. I do not own one yet as they are still a bit out of my price range but I have done my research for sure. Ya everyone knows that you can buy a $1,000,000+ car like bughatti veyron or hennessey venom gt or others like that and they will beat this car in the long hull....but who wants to put $1mil as their daily driver or even weekly driver at that? At the top of the line (GTR Black Edition) you are hitting just over $110,000!!! that is 1/10 the cost of million dollar cars AND it PERFORMS like it was $1mill. Seriously if you do not believe me go look up reviews on youtube or go to nissan's website and just read the info on it. sure Nissan is not American made but very few supercars are. the corvette Z06 and ZR1 are the closest American cars that come to the same value...but even then I beg to differ. A twin turbo V6 vs a supercharged v8 Z06 will certainly suprise you who is the winner and by how much. This is one of the few cars that enthusiasts are raving about and actually has helped resale value. I read a review on here that said someone had an increase in value after they drove it off the lot (when is that ever heard of????) and everyone loves it! even the people who complain about the interior or ride comfort give it 9 or 10 and would recommend it 10 out of 10. MPG is great for a supercar if you really think about it and definitely a head turner for people who know supercars. The ignorant other drivers think it looks fast (which it is) but the real thrill seekers know exactly what this car can do and often want to just see it in person (that is the same with all supercars). You may have a hard time trying to do a test drive because they are so valuable but if you can afford it I would recommend getting one! For those of you who are crazy enough to see what a super car modified to be even more powerful is like check into this: "AMS ALPHA 12 GTR" (you will not be disappointed)"
4 people out of 12 found this review helpful