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2015 Nissan GT-R Review

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2015 Nissan GT-R Expert Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.6
  • 8.7
  • 5.9
  • 6.7
  • 7.5
  • 7.6
How It Ranks

#2

out of 4

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 5

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Consumer Rating

9.5 out of 10
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2015 Nissan GT-R Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

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 the GT-R
2015 Nissan GT-R Front angle view photo

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.

2015 Nissan GT-R Details
2015 Nissan GT-R Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

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
2015 Nissan GT-R photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood
2015 Nissan GT-R Engine photo

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
600 horsepower
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.

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2015 Nissan GT-R Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.5
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.6/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Supercar on a budget

By on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fast & furious handles like a dream Awesome"

Cons: "Maintiance is kinda pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Awesome Car!!!!!!!!!

"I own a 2013 GTR and its an awesome car for the money. The Bose system rocks and the 545 horse power rules the road. It has some odd noises and creaks and moans but that's just a true Japanese performance car trait."

27 people out of 49 found this review helpful

Awesome Car!!!!!!!!!

The ultimate performance machine in overall

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If i want attention and showing off ,all take a Aventador to bring my wife out for diner, much sexier than a GTR in my opinion. But so far i can't afford one :( I do have a GTR for more than 2 year, and there is nothing to keep up with that machine. To be objective you got to put it this way, just look it like a strong man contest. How they do that ? It's not the one that pull the truck faster who win the contest :) They have several stunts and they cumulate point. So witch stunt should be line up for a car contest ? well, depending on witch one you want to give advantage. To be fare you pick 4 stunt and all pick 4 and will see who wins the more out of 8. I predict that all win at least 3 out of the one I choose, and all beat you at least 2 out of the one you picked, result will be 5-3 for the GTR. Example of car performance stunt : 1/4 mille , 0-60 , top speed , 60-0 , road racing , auto cross , rally on ice , etc That why my title is ( The ultimate performance machine ) One morning on my way to the track, I out run a few racing bikes from a traffic light to another, at the track in the advance group no one was even close to me, there was a Viper.... we only had time to do a few laps, was looking tight, but unfortunately for him, it start rain for a few minutes just enough to wet the track. Oups ! the viper was no longer in the game i almost over lap it. And guess what, on my way back home I stopped at the mall to pick up my wife and two kids then went to the grocery before heading back home. Witch other car can do all that ??????"

14 people out of 42 found this review helpful

highest value car

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best car for JOY AND ROI. MSRP new 78,000 purchased used for 60,000 2 years ago value today 67,000. Hold value much better than Porsche turbo and is lots faster"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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