Our Car of the Week is the 2015 Nissan GT-R.
It’s not often that you can say that a vehicle that starts from $172,000 is good value, but we can make that exception here with the 2015 Nissan GT-R.
With a pedigree that stems back to the late 1960’s and the legendary Datsun 240Z, the Nissan sports car history is generally quite illustrious, other impressive models come to mind like the ‘Godzilla’ Nissan Skyline GT-R from the early 1990’s and the Nissan 200SX.
However, the peak of the Nissan sports car mountain is undoubtedly the current generation Nissan GT-R.
Yes, prices start at $172,000 for the Premium grade model, you can also opt for the 45th Anniversary model from $177,000 and then there’s the Black Edition GT-R, prices here start from $182,500.
But, when you look at the performance the Nissan GT-R offers you can’t help but agree there’s good value for money on offer from even the most expensive GT-R model grade.
Try a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 2.7 seconds! That’s faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia (3.4 seconds) and that’s going to cost you more than $525,000. The 2015 Nissan GT-R also leaves the Lamborghini Huracan in its tracks (3.2 seconds) despite it coming with a starting price of $428,000.
Not bad from a Nissan is it? Under the Nissan GT-R bonnet there’s a twin-turbo 3.8 litre V6 engine that produces a mammoth 404kW and 628Nm. Power gets to the road via all four wheels and grip is maximized with 20” alloy wheels.
The all-alloy engine uses a reasonably good 11.7L/100km combined and just under 17.0L/100km in the city. For the record, no the Nissan GT-R is not some hard to drive sports car – it’s automatic-only! You can also manipulate the transmission via steering wheel mounted paddle-shifters.
Pulling up all that grunt at the lights is well-covered with the Nissan sports car boasting huge six-spot calipers up front and four-spot units on the rear.
While despite all that performance there’s no real compromise when it comes to comfort and standard features. The 2015 Nissan GT-R in entry-level Premium trim comes with;
- Dual-zone climate control
- Push-button ignition
- Electric/heated front seats
- Premium sound system with in-built hard drive
- Park assist
- Cruise control
While standard safety features in the GT-R include;
- Dual-stage front driver and passenger air-bags
- Stability control
- Electronic brake force distribution
- Active cornering headlights
- Nissan Anti-Theft System vehicle immobiliser
Best of all, your new Nissan GT-R can be serviced at your local Nissan dealership and you get the peace of mind of Nissan’s 3yr/100,000km warranty.
What we also like about our Car of the Week this week is that it doesn’t draw the attention that a more ‘exclusive’ sports car undoubtedly would and that, for most people, would be a welcome bonus.
With unbeatable performance and plenty of great features, it’s hard not to think that our Car of the Week – the Nissan GT-R, is one of the best value cars on the market in 2015.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Nissan GT-R
Engine: 3.8 litre turbocharged V6 petrol producing 404kW and 628Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Price: From $172,000