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2015 Nissan GT-R At A Glance (Press Release)

At A Glance: 2015 Nissan GT-R

As the legendary Nissan GT-R supercar enters another new model year, its evolution continues with no end in sight. While the most significant change for 2015 will be the mid calendar year 2014 launch of the 600-horsepower GT-R NISMO (for more information, please see, the GT-R Premium, GT-R Black Edition and GT-R Track Edition* all receive a range of important enhancements – giving GT-R a more refined look and feel, without sacrificing one bit of its legendary performance.

While the 2015 GT-R maintains its position as one of the most striking supercars in the market today, an update to the GT-R’s lights enhances its visual impact. The new, efficient multi-LED headlights create a distinctive GT-R “lightning” motif, generating a bold exterior visual signature. The new headlights feature an Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) that automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the vehicle. At highway speed, actuators in the headlight unit adjust the angle of the projectors to project the light farther at high speeds. The four LED units are configured with new LED high beam and three different low beams, including long distance illumination and wide illumination.

At the rear, the GT-R’s distinctive four-ring taillight signature now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive rear appearance. Upon start-up, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure. The 2015 GT-R also adds a new exterior body color with special finishing, Regal Red with highlights of real gold flakes for added brilliance, and a lightweight carbon fiber trunklid is added to the Track Edition.

Inside, GT-R now includes a choice of three interior color schemes, including a new hand-stitched Ivory color that is available with the Premium Interior Package. The optional Premium Interior Package, offered in both Ivory and Red Amber, includes semi-aniline leather appointments with hand-stitching on the front seats, along with accents on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim, armrests and shift knob.

Another significant enhancement for 2015 is the addition of the new Bose® Active Noise Cancellation system tuned to reduce engine booming sounds (standard on all models), which in conjunction with additional sound insulation helps lower NVH and enhance ride comfort.

Chassis enhancements for 2015 are balanced between the suspension, steering and braking systems and tire design. While chassis development has been ongoing since the GT-R’s introduction, the sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension has been fine-tuned to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better handling and more consistent grip. For 2015, more consistent tire contact has been achieved by optimizing control of the shock absorber valves, as well as use of modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush links.

The tuning of these parts helps enhance road holding capability, resulting in a poised, confident ride and outstanding traction on rough roads. The reduction in minute vibrations and road noise helps provide a more relaxing, comfortable ride.

An additional benefit is improved straight-line stability, with fewer small steering corrections needed to maintain trajectory during highway driving.

All 2015 Nissan GT-Rs are again built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability. Total vehicle adjustability is provided by set-up switches located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or R.

And while the upcoming GT-R NISMO features a range of unique engine modifications, the 2015 GT-R Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition once again are powered by a potent 545-horsepower advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6. Torque is rated at 463 lb-ft. As in previous years, each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the “Takumi” engine craftsman. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

GT-R’s interior balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position and a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder. A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which provides sound quality suitable for a supercar, is standard.  Also standard on all models is a RearView Monitor.

Along with the new GT-R NISMO, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is offered in GT-R Premium, GT-R Black Edition with special lightweight black aluminum forged RAYS® wheels, unique red and black interior, Recaro® leather-appointed seats and a unique dry carbon fiber rear spoiler, and GT-R Track Edition. The limited-production Track Edition is designed to take the legendary street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine. It features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, special blue-trimmed high-grip seats and, new for 2015, a lightweight carbon fiber trunklid, heated front seats and the addition of rear seats.

Highlights of the 2015 Nissan GT-R include:


  • Purposeful, cutting-edge styling with a Cd of 0.26, while achieving high front and rear downforce
  • Hybrid body construction of steel, die-cast aluminum and carbon fiber
  • Bold front fascia with aggressive double aerodynamic fins, integrated high intensity LED running lights and plated parts for the headlight inner panels, enhancing the GT-R’s strong visual presence 
  • Large rear fascia, featuring venting and incorporating a sculpted lower section and extended length
  • Front fenders express power and stability, “aero-blades” on fenders’ edges provide optimum air flow around the tires and along the body; vents in the fenders’ trailing edges assists in providing front downforce and optimization of side air flow
  • Aggressive front end styling, large hood bulge and a large central air intake for undisturbed air flow for power and cooling 
  • New “lightning” motif multi-LED headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) that automatically adapts the angle of the light beam at high speeds – the four LED units are configured with a new intensive LED high beam and three different LED low beams, including long-distance illumination and wide-illumination
  • Auto on/off headlights and speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • GT-R hallmark four-ring taillights, which now form coherent circles of illumination
  • Four-passenger cabin with sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar “sword edge,” which facilitate air flow around the rear of the vehicle
  • Airflow above and below the vehicle is managed by a functional carbon fiber underbody diffuser and rear spoiler
  • Standard carbon fiber trunk lid on GT-R Track Edition
  • Handmade, limited production dry carbon rear spoiler on Black Edition and Track Edition, with special coating that allows carbon fiber “weave” to be felt by the touch – the lightweight dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong
  • Large, integrated quad exhaust tips
  • Track Edition includes unique front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts
  • Seven available exterior colors: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White, new Regal Red (with additional finishing) and a limited production 4-stage metallic Super Silver

Platform, Engine and Driveline

  • Advanced Premium Midship platform, enabling the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate completely independently
  • Exclusive hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with nameplate designating the individual engine builder
  • 545 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm, 463 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 – 5,800 rpm; LEV2/ULEV emission vehicle rating
  • Plasma-sprayed bores for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency
  • Symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin IHI turbochargers
  • Secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance
  • Thermostatically-controlled oil cooling system; oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; lateral wet and dry sump oiling system
  • Incorporation of high-output injectors that more precisely control fuel injection to improve mid-range engine response and acceleration at higher rpms
  • Specially designed baffle plate in the oil pan, designed to better stabilize oil pressure during high-performance driving
  • Paddle-shifted sequential six-speed dual clutch transmission; manual and automatic modes
  • Rear transaxle features separate clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears; sequential shifting; gear pre-selection for quick shifts
  • Hill Start Assist for easy starts on an uphill incline
  • Electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system
  • Rear-drive bias, up to 50 percent of torque can be transmitted to the front wheels when needed, torque split continuously variable depending on speed, lateral and transverse acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate
  • GT-R specific yaw-rate feedback control, measuring differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle, actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias

Suspension and Braking

  • Suspension fine-tuned for the 2015 model year to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels
  • Special “set-up switches” located in the center of the instrument panel; adjusts transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R), three settings – Normal, Special or R
  • 4-wheel independent suspension mounted to six-point front and rear subframes
  • GT-R specific adjustable Bilstein® DampTronic suspension system utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces for all situations and a high level of control for a variety of driving situations
  • Track Edition includes specially tuned suspension with specialized Bilstein® DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates
  • 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo® full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads, radial-mounted Brembo® monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, which in combination minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance
  • Track Edition adds front and rear brake cooling air guides
  • GT-R-specific 10-spoke RAYS® aluminum-alloy forged wheels with premium dark (near black) finish for GT-R Premium model
  • Lightweight 6-spoke RAYS® aluminum-alloy forged wheels with black finish for Black Edition and Track Edition models
  • Wheels feature special knurling to assist with securing the tires during hard acceleration or braking
  • Nitrogen-filled Dunlop® Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat tires, sized 255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear, with new compound and revised tread pattern
  • Optional Cold Weather Package includes Dunlop® SP 7010 all-season run-flat tires (Premium model only)

Interior Features

  • High levels of craftsmanship, including available premium features with hand-stitched, semi-aniline leather-appointed front seats (Premium Interior Package)
  • Interior designed to balance functionality and comfort
  • Usable passenger and luggage space – four passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases
  • Optimal driving position provided by rear transaxle layout, with flat floor and narrow center console
  • Driver-surrounding instrument panel, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver’s head movement; new carbon-style meter cluster finish
  • Large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the multi-function display, give the driver instant detailed information
  • Interior design cues include “dial plate” meter-surround design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, large, metallic-framed center console featuring ergonomically designed shift lever and a red “engine start” button
  • Sculpted performance bucket seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Soft pads located on the dash panels in front of the passenger and on both doors to give an extra level of comfort
  • A video game-inspiredmulti-function display with multiple pages of mechanical and driving information available, including acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle; system was designed in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, creators of Gran Turismo electronic game
  • Navigation system featuring easy-to-use touch pad, as well as traditional navigation switches; NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Screen interface also features enriched entertainment system with CD player controls and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, DVD video playback capability
  • Standard specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system, two forward-facing woofers in rear center armrest area; speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels
  • Standard USB iPod® interface, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Standard RearView Monitor
  • Offered in three interior colors: Black, Red Amber and Ivory (Premium Interior Package)
  • Black Edition features unique red and black interior color treatment, Recaro® leather appointed seats, dark headliner and red accented steering wheel
  • Track Edition features special blue-trimmed high-grip heated front seats
  • Available Premium Interior Package with semi-aniline leather appointments and new Ivory Premium Interior Package


  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger
  • Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags for driver and front passenger
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in four models: GT-R Premium, GT-R Black Edition, GT-R Track Edition (late availability) and GT-R NISMO (available mid-2014 calendar year)
  • Vehicle assembly in Tochigi, Japan; engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan

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*Damage resulting from racing, competitive driving, track and/or airstrip use not covered by warranty. See your New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Owner’s Manual for proper vehicle operation and complete warranty details.
**Dry carbon fiber requires specific maintenance. Please see Owner’s Manual for details.

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