Nissan delivered its first 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo in the United States and the first man to get its hands on it was Matt McCulloh. As expected, he is no ordinary person as he co-founded NAGTROC or the North American GT-R Owners Club in 2006 and definitely knows almost everything about the GT-R.
For those who don’t know, the GT-R Nismo is priced at $149,990 in the United States, excluding the $1,505 destination charge. What’s more interesting is that the vehicle uses a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, 55 hp and 18 lb-ft more than the standard GT-R.
Each unit will feature black 6-spoke wheels inspired by the GT500 race car and will be available in five body colors such as Brilliant White Pearl, Meteor Flake Pearl Black, Ultimate Metallic Silver and Vibrant Red.
Unique to the GT-R Nismo model is the Dark Matte Grey colour that accentuates the imposing exterior muscularity. In addition, the vehicle arrives with an aero package that consists of a new front bumper, an engine undercover strake as well as a big carbon fiber rear wing.
Inside, there are carbon-fiber-backed Recaro seats, a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather, a meter hood wrapped in Alcantara, carbon-like finish for the combi meter and a red design for the tachometer.
The bodyshell of Nissan’s new GT-R Nismo has had its rigidity increased through the use of adhesive bonding. This is, of course, in addition to the use of spot welding which results in precise suspension response when experiencing extreme load. It is also known as Nismo "factory tuned" improvement. The new model’s suspension set-up is inspired by the brand’s very own racing GT-R.
Further, it has been tuned to deliver striking handling finesse, agility, and road-holding, all without sacrificing the refinement. The springs and the customized Bilstein DampTronic dampers, placed on the front and the rear suspension, have been tuned as well in order to offer remarkable grip levels and even progressive handling response even at the limit.
A total of three suspension model can be chosen which are Comfort, Normal, and R, for circuit applications. Fitted to the double wishbone suspension on the front are the specially-developed links that help increase the castor trail in order to optimize the position of the wheel especially when doing high-G cornering. It also helps enhance cornering and straight-line stability. Further, the use of large high-rigidity bolts ensures that the stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area is increased.
In order to guarantee that body-roll is minimized when cornering or changing direction, the GT-R Nismo has a hollow anti-roll bar in the rear that measures 17.3 mm. This lowers the weight while increasing the roll stiffness.
Built for this new model are the exclusive Nismo tires developed by none other than Dunlop. Measuring 255/40 ZRF20 on the front and 285/35 ZRF20 on the rear, the tires display excellent handling and grip qualities.