WHEELS Wednesday #7 – 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo AKA “MechaGodzilla”

Nissan GT-R Nismo

If the standard GT-R isn’t insane enough, the GT-R Nismo should satisfy that void. Packing 600 horsepower — about 55 more than the standard GT-R — the Nismo edition set the record at Germany’s Nurburgring for volume-built cars, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 8 seconds. It uses GT3-spec high-flow, large diameter turbochargers to get the extra boost, while virtually everything from the aerodynamics to the suspension has been tinkered with for maximum potential.


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: GT-R, $100,000; GT-R NISMO, $150,000

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 232 cu in, 3799 cc
Power: base, 545 hp @ 6400 rpm; NISMO, 595 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: base, 463 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm; NISMO, 481 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 183.8-184.3 in
Width: 74.6 in Height: 53.9 in
Curb weight: 3800-3850 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 2.9/2.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 7.2/6.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.2/10.9 sec
Top speed: 193 mph

EPA city/highway driving: 15-16/23 mpg

The NISMO receives more power—595 horsepower and 481 lb-ft, up from 545 and 463—thanks to better breathing and larger turbos lifted from the GT-R GT3 race car. Bilstein DampTronic shocks with new Track, Race, and Race Plus modes are used all around, as are stiffer springs. New front links increase caster trail and both straight-line and cornering stability. Dunlop supplies stickier 255/40-20 front and 285/35-20 rear tires, and beefier bolts have been employed in the wheel-hub attachment area to stiffen the assembly. Out back is a hollow, 17.3-mm anti-roll bar, and the entire structure of the NISMO version is stiffened by a claimed eight percent using more adhesive bonding to complement additional seam welds.

Outside, the NISMO’s front end and side sills receive red trim, and there are wider six-spoke wheels. More aesthetic wattage comes courtesy of the car’s aggressive aero package that includes a reshaped front fascia, a new rear fascia, and a burly rear wing—all of which conspire to increase downforce by, it’s said, more than 220 pounds at 186 mph. Nissan’s stated coefficient of drag, however, remains the same as that of the base GT-R, at 0.26.