The all-wheel-drive Nissan GT-R has received a makeover for the 2015 model year—and a bump in starting price for the base Premium model ($101,770) and the Black Edition ($111,510). The starting price for the Track Edition remains $115,710. (Destination charges are another $1,595.) The Premium and Black editions hit dealerships this month, but the Track Edition—and an even more potent variant, the GT-R NISMO—will arrive later this year.
The 2015 models feature an updated front and rear design, including new LED headlights that automatically adapt the angle of the light beam when the car reaches higher speeds. Nissan recalibrated the suspension and updated the interior slightly to include a faux-carbon-fiber instrument cluster and an 11-speaker Bose Active Noise Cancellation audio system. This system helps address one of the GT-R’s potentially troubling characteristics: It is a bit noisy in the cockpit at high speeds.
Fortunately, the specifications that help make the GT-R a profoundly invigorating ride have not changed for the 2015 models: The 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 still makes 545 horsepower and 463 ft lbs of torque on all three non-NISMO variants. The paddle-shifted, 6-speed dual-clutch transmission responds remarkably like a manual. The Black Edition gets unique wheels, a red-and-black interior, Recaro seats, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler. The Track Edition adds more aggressive suspension tuning and brakes, a carbon-fiber trunk lid, and competition-style seats. But if you need to go even faster, the GT-R NISMO will have 600 hp, plus additional performance enhancements. (www.nissanusa.com)