Performance cars are fun to drive and all, but at the end of the day ,owners drop big bucks on what are often ridiculously unpractical vehicles for the bragging rights. And when it comes to ultimate bragging rights, few get more publicized than lap times for everyone's favorite stretch of German pavement, the Nürburgring. Enter the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

After rumors about a 7:08 lap time appeared yesterday, Nissan confirmed has confirmed the news today with video footage of the run, which took place on September 30. The official lap time is just seven minutes and 8.679 seconds, putting the GT-R Nismo about 11 seconds off the pace of the Porsche 918 Spyder – some six seconds quicker than the far costlier Lexus LFA. Some admitted – but hard-to-spot – missteps by Nissan driver Michael Krumm would indicate that the car actually left some time on the table.

With this time, Nissan claims that the 595-horsepower GT-R Nismo is the "fastest volume production car" around the track. The definition of "volume" could surely be contested here, though, considering the small numbers in which the GT-R is sold. While we don't have global GT-R sales figures, this year has only seen 1,063 units sold through October, and there were close to 1,300 sold in all of 2011 and about 1,200 in 2012. While this loosely defined claim will only add to the Nürburgring lap time squabbling, it is no less impressive. Check out the record run for yourself in the video below, which is accompanied by an official press release.
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2015 Nissan GT-R

-Recalibrated suspension for more sophisticated ride and better road-holding
-Enhanced exterior with LED lamp technology and distinctive front and rear design
-Added premium cabin interior with improved quality and trim options

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Evolution never stops for the Nissan GT-R. Nissan's iconic sports car brings a refreshed vision of "innovation that excites" with the introduction of the 2015 (in the U.S.) model offering a new level of sophistication, yet with no compromise in performance.

The sales of Nissan GT-R begin in Japan on December 2, to be followed by sales at Nissan dealerships in other markets worldwide.

The 2015 Nissan GT-R offers smoother ride comfort, more refinement and benchmark fit and finish, in the spirit of a great "GT," while delivering breathtaking performance and road-holding. Its "multi-dimensional performance" means the driver can enjoy the full depth of the GT-R's capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, cruising on the highway or even in an urban environment.

Adding premium appeal to the exterior and interior design, the 2015 Nissan GT-R delivers sophisticated driving pleasure and is the ultimate embodiment of Nissan's brand philosophy: "innovation that excites."

2015 Nissan GT-R Overview

Outstanding performance meets a new level of sophistication

Mechanical Updates

Chassis

With outstanding adhesion from its tires, the GT-R is capable of stunning confident acceleration and braking performance
-The suspension was fine-tuned to reduced load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better stability and more consistent grip.
-More constant tire contact is achieved by optimized electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, as well as modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush link. The tuning of these parts, which makes best use of the suspension strokes and enhances road-holding capability, gives a poised, confident ride and outstanding traction on rough roads.
-With minute vibrations and road noise reduced, a relaxing, comfortable ride is assured. An additional benefit is improved straight-line stability, with fewer small steering corrections needed to maintain the correct trajectory during highway driving.
-The upgraded GT-R is now fitted as standard with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires, for outstanding road-holding and precise response in all conditions thanks to stiffer sidewalls which reduce deformation, improving steering response under hard cornering. At the front, their specification is: 255/40ZRF20(97Y) and at the rear: 285/35ZRF20(100Y)
-The braking calibration has been retuned for a more firm, linear response at everyday speeds, making smooth braking more intuitive, generating greater confidence, particularly in wet conditions.
-The GT-R's steering has been fine-tuned to reduce the effort required for in-town maneuvers, while maintaining its exceptional feedback during high-speed driving. The combination of retuned suspension and exceptional steering feel give outstanding confidence at high speed.

Exterior design

Dazzling motion when standing still

The 2015 Nissan GT-R maintains its position as one of the most striking supercars in the market. Significant updates to the Nissan GT-R's lights both enhance the visual impact of the car. Customers looking for added visual impact now have a wider color palette to choose from.
-The 2015 Nissan GT-R sports new efficient, high-intensity, multi-LED headlights that create a distinctive "lightning" motif, generating a striking exterior visual signature. With such a unique visual reference, the GT-R's road presence is enhanced, particularly in low light and at night – while the fitment of the new headlights gives the driver increased visibility.
-The new headlights feature AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System*) that automatically adapts the angle of the light beam according to the speed of the car. At highway speeds, actuators in the headlight unit adjust the angle of the projectors to project the light further. The four LED units are configured with new intensive LED high beam and three different LED low beams including long-distance-illumination and wide-illumination.
-At the rear, the GT-R's distinctive four-ring tail light signature now forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive appearance, making it easily recognizable to fellow owners and enthusiasts.
-Upon start up, the full new lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure.
-Visual appeal is reinforced with the addition of a new body color called Gold Flake Red Pearl. As its name suggests, there are microscopic gold-tinted glass flakes infused into the red paint, creating a spectacular effect in the deep, lustrous paint as the light catches the finish.

*Adaptive Front lighting System is unavailable in some regions.

Interior

Upscale cabin appointments
-Choice of three interior color schemes includes a new pale ivory trim option.
-The steering wheel is trimmed in leather, for premium tactility, while the part-aniline leather seats are further embellished with stitched accents, giving the ambience of a genuine GT designed for cross-continental, first-class travel.

Body construction

Advanced body construction
-To achieve the project's ambitious targets for high-speed handling and ride comfort, Nissan enhanced the level of precision-constructed body elements and advanced assembly methods to create the 2015 Nissan GT-R. •Each part is made of materials selected for optimum performance: Precision-constructed, multi-material hybrid body combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum to achieve high stiffness and light weight.
-Thanks to the rigidity of the GT-R's body construction, suspension precision is guaranteed while refinement is enhanced, resulting in exceptional cabin refinement even at high speeds and under hard cornering.
-Thanks to optimized insulation and acoustic tuning, even at high speeds, the occupants are able to enjoy the sporty engine sound.
-An optional carbon rear wing is offered, which is attached to a carbon trunk lid, giving a weight saving of half compared with the standard trunk lid.


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      Mercennarius
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Nismo is actually rated at an even 600HP, not the 595 that AB has stated. Additionally the standard GT-R has about the same production #s as a Porsche 911 Turbo and even higher then a Dodge Viper. Certainly its a high enough volume car when compared to its competitors. Granted the Nismo will be produced in smaller #s then the standard car, but then again so is ACR Viper, GT2 RS, etc.
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want a GTR...
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best run around the ring for an observer thanks to his commentary. Usually these videos are boring as hell.
      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm more of a 911 f-boy than a GT-R ****licker, but I have to say: this is DAMN IMPRESSIVE. I would very much like to have one of these in my garage.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sir Issac Newton: "How the hell did they do that?"
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Over 1000 units a year is a good "volume" for super cars. Is there a set number though like amalgamation in racing? Its easy to make vague claims like this when there isn't a set definition for application.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they didn't use an actual production car. They cheated, as usual- http://wot.motortrend.com/1311_2015_nissan_gtr_nismo_has_staggering_600_hp.html Nissan is so full of ****. It really is a shame. The car is good enough to let it speak for itself. They don't need to run cheater slicks, or make aero and tuning adjustments, and then pass off their ringer times as being able to be duplicated by the cars available to the public. And that's to say nothing of their smack talking and ****-stirring marketing . The car should be respected for it's performance, but Nissan being shady diminishes it's credibility, and that of Nissan's as a whole. No way would they ever see my money.
        carboy55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Look who is full of **** YOU
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Fanboi in muthas basement will not believe you
        Pininfarina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I assume you are talking about GM, Porsche, Chrysler, and other companies who insist on using cheater tires, adjustable factory aero, non-factory mods to hit advertised time. Nissan has never done such things from day 1. Integrity,
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Queue up the Corvette fanbois and haters in 3, 2, 1....
        Tone
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        Hmm, seeing more references to the Viper ACR than the 'Vette right now. Actually, your post is the only 'Vette related post (of note) that I see...
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      2014 Corvettes can see how round tail lights look like
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a lot of butt-hurt to be happening up in this piece with the video confirmation. Face it, the GT-R, is a Japanese car, and it is spectacular. Deal with it.
        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Autoblog is a domestic fanboy troll cave.
        LLL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        yeah, with a renault engine... and how is 4wd,twin turbos,DI,carbon/carbon brakes and a sequential transmition NOT and purpose built ultra car?
          LLL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LLL
          ohh and tons of carbon fiber... nice car but far from "volume"
          Pininfarina
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LLL
          Renault engine? "Fact Check on Aisle 4 please, customer needs help"
      KnightmareCS
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The 7:08.679 Nurburgring car. The Nismo car you can buy next summer won’t circulate the ‘Ring quite this quickly. The so-called “Time Attack” car displayed in the camouflage has several additional upgrades. The engine is tuned differently with identical 600-hp and 481-lb-ft horsepower and torque peaks, but the curves are slightly fatter. The AWD system’s torque biasing program is tweaked slightly. The aerodynamics package also differs in a couple very meaningful ways that will likely erode that 0.27 Cd claimed for the mainstream model. The rear wing stands quite a bit taller; there’s an aero fence running along the rear edge of the hood, and the front fenders have little aero “whiskers.” Many of these upgrades will likely find their way into the Nismo Track edition (or whatever they call it), though it’s not clear whether the aero fence on the hood could pass pedestrian crash standards or whether the tweaked engine could be made clean enough to be legal." http://wot.motortrend.com/1311_2015_nissan_gtr_nismo_has_staggering_600_hp.html "fastest volume production car" my @ss...
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KnightmareCS
        That's why no one can match the claimed GT-R times on the Ring, because are cheaters, just like Ferrari.
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