Nissan GT-R (NISMO)

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Nissan’s GT-R may seem plain to some, but its speed seems to make it a thing of beauty. Equiped with a 545-hp, twin-turbo V-6 and astounding, all-wheel-drive grip gives the GT-R its supercar performance. Its six-figure price is still cheap compared with anything else in the same speed category. Numerous enhancements over the years have made it faster and more refined, with 0 to 60 times dropping below three seconds. Nissan now has the NISMO version with 600 hp.

The 2015 model year marks the seventh for the GT-R, and nearly every turn of the calendar has come with new and crucial updates from Nissan.

The portfolio grows this year to include a NISMO—Nissan Motorsports—model. The NISMO GT-R is a little bigger, stretching the car’s length by 0.5 inch with new bodywork. This includes an integrated splitter and a raised rear wing that increases downforce at 186 mph by 220 pounds without affecting the car’s 0.26 drag coefficient.

At 3883 pounds, the NISMO is still heavy and only two pounds lighter than the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. With engine modifications such as the larger turbos lifted from Nissan’s FIA GT3 racers, remapped timing, and revised breathing the 3.8 litre V-6 produces an additional 55 horsepower and 18 pound-feet of torque, for 600 and 481, respectively.

A quarter-mile run shows the NISMO crossing the line in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. That’s the same time and just one mph faster than the 2014 model.

Nissan keeps milking its speed cow: The aging GT-R offers up new delights in NISMO guise but the same old arcade-console cabin.

Adjustable Bilstein dampers, revised springs, and a hollow anti-roll bar at the rear builds up the GT-R’s stiffness.

The NISMO’s Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires complement the GT-R's power perfectly. Developed specifically for the NISMO GT-R, Nissan claims the tires are stickier than the previous year’s rubber.

Understeer is an unknown entity for the NISMO’s. The NISMO cuts into a corner with the force of a car intended only for closed courses and pro drivers. Find the apex, plant the foot and keep it pointed on the road. It will drive smoothly without protest.

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The Numbers

front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 232 cu in, 3799 cc
Power: 600 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 481 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 184.3 in
Width: 74.6 in Height: 54.2 in
Curb weight: 3883 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 2.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 12.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.2 sec @ 125 mph
Top speed (redline limited): 191 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 145 ft
Roadholding, 200-ft-dia skidpad: 1.02 g
EPA city/highway: 16/23 mpg

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