The 2015 model year marks the seventh forthe GT-R, and nearly every turn of the calendar hascome with incremental updates from Nissan, stretching the envelope of a car we initially called“big, heavy, and incredible.”The portfolio grows this year to include a NISMO-Nissan Motorsports-model, and all three ofour initial adjectives still ring true. NISMOizing the GT-R makes it a little bigger, stretching thecar's length by 0.5 inch with new bodywork. This includes an integrated splitter and a raised rearwing that, according to Nissan, increase downforce at 186 mph by 220 pounds without affectingthe car's 0.26 drag coefficient.With engine modifications-including larger turbos lifted from Nissan's FIA GT3 racers,remapped timing, and revised breathing-the 3.8-liter V-6 produces an additional 55 horsepowerand 18 pound-feet of torque, for 600 and 481, respectively. Reportedly, Nissan could havecranked it up even further, but resisted the urge for the sake of transmission longevity.A quarter-mile run with the NISMO breaking the tape in 11.2 seconds at125 mph., and sprint toa mile-per-minute in 2.9 seconds.Adjustable Bilstein dampers, revised springs, and a hollow anti-roll bar at the rear crank up theGT-R's stiffness. This is no commuter; when it comes to ride quality, think Porsche 911 GT3 RSor achunk of granite. There are three settings for the dampers, but even in the laziest mode thechassis feels stiffer than a regular GT-R's.If there were a prize for most alphanumeric suffixes, the NISMO's Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 DSST CTT tires would clinch it. Developed specifically for the NISMO GT-R, Nissanclaims the tires are stickier than last year's rubber. After driving the car on a track and into aparadox with our dusty skidpad readings, we believe that claim.Understeer is the NISMO's yeti: Hunt for it all you want, you'll never find it. The NISMO cutsinto a corner with the force of a car intended only for closed courses andpro drivers. Find theapex, mash the gas, and keep it pointed on the road. It'll do it time and time again, without protest.ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6,aluminum block andheads, port fuel injection Displacement:232 cu in, 3799 ccPower:600 hp @ 6800 rpmTorque:481 lb-ft @ 3200 rpmTRANSMISSION:6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting modeDIMENSIONS:Wheelbase:109.4 inLength:184.3 inWidth:74.6 inHeight:54.2 inCurb weight:3883 lbC/DTEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 2.9 secZero to 100 mph: 7.0 secZero to 130 mph: 12.2 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.9 secStanding ¼-mile: 11.2 sec @ 125 mphTop speed (redline limited): 191 mphBraking,70-0 mph: 145 ftRoadholding, 200-ft-dia skidpad: 1.02 gFUEL ECONOMY:EPA city/highway: 16/23 mpgMiles 4165 CONTACT AARON AT [hidden information]
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