Published on March 3, 2014
2015 Nissan GTR Press Kit: Overview 2015 Nissan GTR Adds New 600Horsepower GTR NISMO Model, Plus a Range of Exterior, Interior and Performance Enhancements "Nearly half a century ago, a group of Nissan engineers dropped a performance engine into a regularproduction car – and the Skyline GT2000 was born … and with it an era of GT performance models that lead directly to the latest GTR." – Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, Tokyo Motor Show, November 2013 As Nissan celebrated its 80th anniversary as one of the world's leading innovators in automotive design, performance and technology, it did so in style with the concurrent Tokyo and Los Angeles introductions of the most powerful Nissan GTR ever, the new GTR NISMO. With 600 horsepower on tap – a 55horsepower increase over nonNISMO spec GTR models – and exclusive racinginspired body, interior and powertrain treatments, the GTR NISMO sets the tone for the entire 2015 Nissan GTR lineup: Never stop improving. In that spirit, beyond the upcoming GTR NISMO (slated for a mid2014 calendar year U.S. sales release, for more information on the GTR NISMO please go to nissannews.com), the ongoing lineup of GTR Premium, GTR Black Edition and GTR Track Edition* receives a number of important performance, exterior and interior enhancements for the 2015 model year. "To build on a legend, we looked at the total driving experience," explains GTR Chief Product Specialist Hiroshi Tamura. "As the 'GT' in its name suggests, one of those objectives is to provide an excitingyetcomfortable driving experience no matter what the road or weather conditions; while the other objective refers to the 'R' in its name, to deliver exhilarating high performance derived from race car technology." To that end, the major changes for the 2015 Nissan GTR focus on: ● A recalibrated suspension for a more sophisticated ride and better road holding ● Enhanced exterior appearance with LED headlight technology and distinctive front and rear designs – plus a carbon fiber trunk lid on Track Edition models ● A more premium interior feel with enhanced appointments and improved quietness, including a standard Bose® Active Noise Cancellation system, carbonstyle instrument cluster
"This is a truly more sophisticated GTR," added Tamura. "It's not just about power, but an experience that reconnects you with the enjoyment of driving." Outstanding Performance Meets a New Level of Sophistication The 2015 GTR's multidimensional performance means drivers can enjoy the full depth of the vehicle's capabilities whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, cruising at highway speeds or in an urban environment. Chassis enhancements for the new model year are balanced between the suspension, steering and braking systems and tire design. While chassis development has been ongoing since the GTR's introduction – including significant ontrack and endurance competition testing at Germany's famed Nurburgring – for 2015 the sophisticated 4wheel independent suspension has been finetuned to reduce load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better road handling and more consistent grip. For 2015, more consistent tire contact has been achieved by optimizing control of the shock absorber valves, as well as use of modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush links. The tuning of these parts helps enhance road holding capability, resulting in a poised, confident ride and outstanding traction on rough roads. The reduction in minute vibrations and road noise helps provide a more relaxing, comfortable ride. An additional benefit is improved straightline stability, with fewer small steering corrections needed to maintain trajectory during highway driving. Every 2015 GTR features a special Bilstein® DampTronic driver adjustable shock absorber system that utilizes multiple vehicle information systems to provide appropriate damping forces and high level of control for a variety of driving situations. The DampTronic system features three driver selectable settings Normal; Comfort, for maximum suspension compliance; or R. The same threestage adjustability is also available for the VDC system and transmission shift operation. The GTR Track Edition includes specialized Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates. As in previous years, the suspension is mounted to highprecision sixpoint front and rear subframes. The GTR's steering has been finetuned to reduce the effort for intown maneuvers, while maintaining GTR's exceptional feedback during highway driving. The steering system is a vehicle speedsensitive power rackandpinion design with aluminum steering rack, fourpoint mounting and stiff insulators. For 2015, braking calibration has been retuned for firmer, more linear response at everyday speeds, making smooth braking more intuitive – generating a sense of greater confidence, particularly in wet conditions. Stopping power is provided by Brembo® monoblock sixpiston
front and fourpiston rear calipers with 15.35inch front and 15.0inch rear Brembo® fullfloating, crossdrilled twopiece rotors and lowsteel, highstiffness brake pads that minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers utilize race carstyle radial mounting to minimize caliper flex during extreme braking. The GTR's rigid forged aluminum 20inch wheels, manufactured by RAYS®, feature knurling inside the wheels to help keep the tires from slipping around the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking. The wheels feature a premium dark (near black) finish, which provides a high quality, highperformance look. The Black Edition and Track Edition feature special metallic black sixspoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels in place of the Premium model's 10spoke design. The tires are Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance runflat nitrogenfilled tires, featuring a new compound and revised tread pattern, designed to match the suspension characteristics. As such, the tire design has been modified for use with the 2015 GTR with stiffer sidewalls to reduce deformation, improving steering response under hard cornering. Standard tire sizes are 255/40ZRF20 front and 285/35ZRF20 rear. Optional Dunlop® SP 7010 allseason runflat tires are again offered as part of the Cold Weather Package (Premium model only). Nissan has also enhanced the level of precisionconstructed body elements and advanced assembly methods to help achieve the 2015 GTR's exceptional balance of highspeed handling and ride comfort. And thanks to optimized insulation and acoustic tuning, even at high speeds the occupants are able to enjoy the sport engine sound. Toward that end, "engine boom" has been reduced through use of the standard Bose® Active Noise Cancelation system. Additional sound deadening, including application of additional noise insulation under the floor and trunk, in the drive tunnel and on the firewall, helps control both engine and road noise. Each body part is made of materials selected for optimum performance – starting with the precisionconstructed multimaterial hybrid body. A combination of steel, carbon fiber and diecast aluminum are used to realize high stiffness and light weight. For 2015, a new carbon fiber trunk lid, weighing about half of the standard trunk lid, is used on the Track Edition. Both the Track Edition and Black Edition feature a special dry carbon fiber material** rear spoiler that is also incredibly strong and contributes to increased aerodynamic downforce. Handmade in a limited monthly production run, a special coating allows the carbon fiber "weave" to be felt by the touch. An Advanced 545Horsepower TwinTurbo V6 While the upcoming GTR NISMO features a range of unique engine modifications, the 2015
GTR Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition once again are powered by a potent 545horsepower advanced VR38DETT 3.8liter twin turbo V6. Torque is rated at 463 lbft. Each engine is handassembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the "Takumi" engine craftsman. The engine features innovative plasmasprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin highperformance IHI turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved coldstart emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oilcooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. The GTR's fuel economy is again rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddleshifted sequential 6speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race carlike speeds. The sequentialshifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and preselects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GTR motorsports competition, is standard. The Nissan GTR's unique Premium Midship platform, created expressly for use with the GTR, enables the use of the world's first independent rear transaxle ATTESA ETS allwheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drivebiased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GTRspecific yawrate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yawrate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias. The Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimizing tire grip at each corner. Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low center of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the rear transaxle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle. Dazzling Motion, Even When Standing Still The 2015 GTR maintains its position as one of the most striking supercars in the market today. Significant updates to the GTR's lights for the new model year enhance its visual impact.
The new efficient High Intensity Discharge (HID) multiLED headlights create a distinctive GTR "lightning" motif, generating a bold exterior visual signature. The new headlights feature an Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) that automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the vehicle. At highway speed, actuators in the headlight unit adjust the angle of the projectors to project the light farther. The four LED units are configured with new LED high beam and three different low beams, including long distance illumination and wide illumination. At the rear, the GTR's distinctive fourring taillight signature now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GTR an equally distinctive rear appearance. Upon startup, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic startup procedure. The 2015 GTR adds a new exterior body color with special finishing – Regal Red, which features a blend of 24 karat goldcoated glass flakes blended into the paint. The 2015 color palette also includes Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Pearl White and a limited production 4stage metallic Super Silver. As expected, GTR's advanced technology is present even in the vehicle's paint, which utilizes a durable antichip paint and "double clear coat" process. While the GTR's new lighting gives a fresh look coming and going, the overall shape remains both powerful and highly aerodynamic. The body again features a low coefficient of drag of 0.26, achieving high front and rear downforce. GTR's front fenders express strength and stability, while the "aeroblades" on the fenders' edges provide optimum airflow around the tires and along the body. The vents in the fenders' trailing edges assist in providing front downforce and optimizing side airflow. The 2015 GTR's fourpassenger cabin retains it sloping "aero blade canopy" roofline and curved Cpillar "sword edge," which expresses the distinctive GTR identity, as well as facilitating air flow around the rear of the vehicle. Airflow above and below the vehicle is managed by the functional rear carbon fiber underbody diffuser, rear venting, rear spoiler and large, integrated quad exhaust tips. Upscale Cabin Appointments For 2015, GTR now includes a choice of three interior color schemes, including a new handstitched Ivory color that is available with the Premium Interior Package, with semianiline leather appointments with handstitching on the front seats, along with Ivory accents on the instrument panel, steering wheel, door trim, armrests and shift knob. Also offered are Black and an optional Premium Interior Package with a Red Amber color. The GTR Black Edition adds a unique red and black interior color treatment and Recaro® leatherappointed seats, along with red steering wheel accents. The Track Edition includes unique bluetrimmed highgrip front seats, and for 2015 now features heating in the front
passenger's seat as well as the inclusion of rear seats. These features add to the fourpassenger Nissan GTR's usability as both a daily driver and a highperformance machine. Sculpted performance bucket seats give the driver and passenger a comfortable driving experience and soft pads are utilized on the dash in front of the passenger and both doors to give an extra level of comfort. The rear transaxle layout of GTR, with a flat floor and narrow center tunnel, allows GTR to have an optimal driving position. The GTR's cockpitstyle instrument panel surrounds the driver, with all meters and multifunction meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver's head movement. For 2015, the meter cluster finisher has a new carbon look. A large centermounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easytoread graphics of the display, gives the driver instant detailed information, essential for the performance nature of the GTR. Each meter features a dial plate design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, as well as a threedimensional metallike ring, suggesting the multidimensional performance of GTR. A large, metallicframed center console features an ergonomically designed shift lever and a red "engine start" button. Carbon fiber interior trim is offered for all models. The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video gameinspired, multifunction display that was created in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo electronic game. Fourteen different pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional onscreen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Handsfree Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic RealTime Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). All 2015 GTR models include a specially designed, 11speaker Bose® audio system that features two forwardfacing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GTR sound system. The Bose® Active Noise Cancellation system and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® are standard. Standard safety equipment includes a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger, front seatmounted sideimpact supplemental air bags for driver and frontpassenger and standard roofmounted curtain sideimpact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection – along with front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and threepoint ELR/ALR rear seat belts.
Models and Options The 2015 Nissan GTR is available in four models, including the future GTR NISMO. The GTR Premium model comes fully equipped with a 545horsepower engine, dual clutch rear transmission, Nissan Navigation System, customdesigned 11speaker Bose® audio system, premium nearblack finish wheels and heated front seats. The GTR Black Edition adds special lightweight metallic black aluminumalloy forged RAYS® wheels, unique red and black interior, Recaro® leatherappointed seats and dry carbon fiber rear spoiler**. The limited production Track Edition (late availability) is designed to take GTR supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine. It features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, a front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight carbon fiber trunklid. Production of the GTR Track Edition is limited for the U.S. market. Two options are available: a Cold Weather Package, which includes Dunlop® allseason tires and unique coolant/water ratio; and the Premium Interior Package, which is offered in Red Amber and Ivory. Both options are offered with the Premium model only.
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