Nissan satisfied the cries of American buyers in 2009 when it added the twin-turbocharged, 480-horsepower, all-wheel-drive GT-R to U.S. dealer stock. Since its release, Nissan has been working hard to make the GT-R better, as the automaker has tweaked the car enthusiasts nicknamed "Godzilla" with each passing year. Like all of the years before it, the 2015 GT-R receives a series of changes that make it even better than last year's model.
What's New for 2015
The biggest change for 2015 is the addition of a Nismo trim, which includes a revised suspension, new body work and a huge engine upgrade. The non-Nismo GT-R also receive some mild changes to the chassis for better handling, and some extra sound insulation and a noise cancelling system to reduce noise in the cabin.
Choosing Your GT-R
If you're lucky enough to be checking into the 2015 GT-R, you have a huge decision to make in terms of what engine to opt for. The base GT-R is plenty competent with its 3.8-liter V6 that tosses 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, but the Nismo model adds to the fun with 600 ponies and a revised chassis.
If the $149,990 Nismo is a little too pricey for consideration, there is still a pair of GT-Rs to choose from. Picking from the non-Nismo GT-Rs is all a matter of taste, as they both come with the same engine, lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission and chassis. The Black Edition, however, injects some more premium features that make the GT-R a little sexier than the base model and manages to drop the curb weight by 20 pounds.
The base GT-R itself is more car than most buyers can handle, so unless you're looking to tackle the Nürburgring, leave the Nismo trim off your shopping list. Additionally, the Black Edition package is sharp, but its dry carbon-fiber add-on equipment requires special maintenance that could become tedious over time.
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