When it comes to track prowess, only the exotic Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 are quicker on the famed Nürburgring race track in Germany, with the Nissan's best time set at 7:08.679 while the exotics are both under 7 minutes. But the Nissan will be much easier to live on a day-to-day basis, and it has a usable back seat and trunk.
Key to the car’s performance is a boost in output for the venerable twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6, with the final numbers registering at 600 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, up from the regular model’s 545 hp and 463 lb-ft. However, more power is not the end of the story as downforce, suspension updates and brake performance is also crucial in achieving the car’s benchmarks.
Inside, the Nissan GT-R NISMO cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position. Racing-style Recaro seats are standard, along with an on-board driving recorder and a unique Bose stereo whose 11 speakers are mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels for better sound quality.
The 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO will go on sale in select Nissan dealers on July 31, 2014. The less extreme 2015 GT-R Track Edition will also go on sale at this time, and has been priced at $117,305 with destination charges.
Below is pricing for the complete 2015 Nissan GT-R lineup:
GT-R Premium: $103,365
GT-R Black Edition: $113,105
GT-R Track Edition: $117,305
GT-R NISMO: $151,585