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2015 Nissan GT-R: LA Auto Show

What Is It? 

The 2015 Nissan GT-R remains a high-performance, boldly styled coupe that serves as the flagship model in Nissan’s lineup. For the 2015 model year, Nissan is updating the car with revised suspension, improved steering, better brakes and a few other minor changes.

While the 2015 GT-R might look similar to last year’s model on the outside, Nissan says the sports car boasts some big changes under the skin. The biggest is a re-tuned suspension, which includes new bushings, new electric shock absorbers and updated stabilizer spring rates. Nissan says the changes are aimed at improving the GT-R’s already excellent handling. 

In addition to its suspension changes, the GT-R also boasts improved steering that requires less effort at low speeds and provides greater high-speed stability. And the coupe includes new brakes designed to provide a more linear response when drivers push the brake pedal. 

Other changes to the GT-R are mostly for appearance. There’s a new pale ivory 2-tone interior option, along with a new Gold Flake Red Pearl paint finish. And new LED headlights look more aggressive while offering a system that changes the beam’s angle to match the car’s speed, resulting in better night visibility. The GT-R’s 545-horsepower 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 is unchanged. 

How Much?

Nissan hasn’t said for sure, but we expect last year’s base price of $100,500 with shipping to increase by a few thousand dollars. 

When Can You Get It? 

Spring 2014 

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With the GT-R entering its seventh model year, we expect to see a redesigned version of the high-performance sports car any time now. As a result, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is likely the final iteration of today’s model — and thanks to various updates over the years, one would argue it’s also the best. 

Other Cars to Consider 

Audi R8 GT — The R8 GT offers exotic car styling and excellent performance that comes close to the GT-R’s. But pricing is far in excess of even the most well-equipped GT-R models. 

Chevrolet Corvette — It may not offer the same technological advancement as the GT-R, but the Corvette is a performance bargain compared to Nissan’s all-wheel-drive flagship. 

Porsche 911 — While the 911 would struggle to keep up with the GT-R on a track, Porsche’s prestige far outweighs Nissan’s — probably why the 911 far outsells the GT-R. 

Used Porsche 911 Turbo — Although the standard 911 can’t keep up with a GT-R, the Turbo model gets much closer. That’s due to a dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive and a much more powerful engine. Our only gripe is its cost, which is why you should check out a used model.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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