You have to be a little bit defiant to drive a 2015 Nissan GT-R. It’s likely that you’ll be the only GT-R in your neighborhood, and it’s not as if very many drivers will be pulling alongside and giving you the high sign.Sure, plenty of people will acknowledge that the 2015 Nissan GT-R is quicker, faster, and grippier in the corners than anything this side of an F1 car, and they’ll admit that it’s a general all-around miracle of vehicle dynamics besides. And then in the next breath, they will try to tell you that a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 or a McLaren 650S is actually better than a GT-R, even though these cars are not necessarily quicker, faster, grippier, etc., than the Nissan.
From the moment
the Nissan GT-R set a record lap time at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife
in 2008, the whining hasn’t stopped. From every quarter have come
complaints that the GT-R doesn’t track effortlessly straight and true on
a bumpy freeway surface, plus the rear suspension sure does feel harsh.
And what’s that clicking and whirring from the six-speed dual-clutch
transmission? Sadly, it appears that these critics don’t actually
understand what the GT-R is about. Perhaps what they’re looking for is
some kind of Honda Accord, only one that looks like a BMW.
the first, the Nissan GT-R has never made a secret of being anything
other than a street-legal track car. The DOHC, 3.8-liter V-6 features
twin IHI turbos to help pump out the power, and the engine is matched to
a special quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission designed to withstand
the torque loads. Nissan’s ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system helps
turn the power into forward motion instead of just tire smoke. The
brakes are dead serious, with racing-style floating rotors matched up
with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the rear.
The forged-aluminum RAYS 20-inch wheels carry wide tires, 255/40ZRF-20
front and 285/35ZRF-20 rear. And the all-singing, all-dancing
electronics let you tune the transmission, suspension, and general
vehicle dynamics to your needs.
Nevertheless, Nissan has done its
best since the GT-R’s introduction to the U.S. in 2009 to make the car
more street-friendly. And although the 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium remains a
track car through and through, it is now quiet and comfortable enough
to please even the faint of heart. Part of the reason is that the newly
introduced GT-R Nismo can remain a hardcore product, so the Premium can
get warm and fuzzy.
We must admit it doesn’t take more than a
couple hundred yards on the freeway to figure out that this is a far
more comfortable car than before. The car glides over seams in the
concrete surface almost as if they weren’t there, which is quite
something when you remember that these seams used to feel as tall as
speed bumps in the 2009 GT-R. Thanks to softer springs and dramatically
different calibration for the Bilstein dampers, the 2015 Nissan GT-R’s
suspension feels supple, not stiff, and the car rides rough pavement
without any annoying patter from the tires.