Remember when they called the Nissan GT-R a supercar-slayer? You can drop the "slayer" part, because the Japanese brute known as Godzilla has long since grown from an ankle-biter nipping at the heels of giants to a giant in its own right. And if that's the case with the "basic" GT-R, it's certainly the case with the new GT-R Nismo.

While the base price for the GT-R has breached the six-figure mark, the Nismo version has just been priced ten bucks shy of $150k. Factor in the $1,595 destination charge and you're looking at a $151,585 sticker price. That may seem like a lot for a Nissan, but bear in mind what you're getting for all that scrap: the GT-R Nismo's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 has been optimized to deliver 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels.

We've yet to see official performance stats, but considering that the base GT-R hits 60 in 2.6 seconds with 55 hp and 18 lb-ft less muscle, the Nismo version ought to teach a lesson or two to exotic supercars costing twice or even ten times as much. Just check it out in the videos and press release below.
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Feb. 28, 2014
Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2015 GT-R NISMO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced a $149,990 USD starting price* for the limited production 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO**, the fastest Nissan GT-R ever built and holder of the volume production car lap record (7:08.679) at the famed Nurburgring racetrack in Germany. The GT-R NISMO is scheduled to go on sale at select Nissan dealers in the U.S. beginning July 31, 2014.

The new Nissan GT-R NISMO features an advanced 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque** – increases of 55 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque versus standard 2015 GT-R models – along with enhanced aerodynamics, body reinforcement and ultra-precise handling thanks to a variety of suspension refinements.

Also set for sale on July 31 is the 2015 Nissan GT-R Track Edition***, which is priced at $115,710. The Track Edition includes a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, special blue-trimmed high-grip seats, heated front seats, a lightweight carbon fiber trunklid and spoiler.

Two other models, the 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium and GT-R Black Edition are available now.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the complete line of 2015 Nissan GT-R models:

GT-R Premium

$101,770 USD

GT-R Black Edition

$111,510 USD

GT-R Track Edition (7/31 availability)

$115,710 USD

GT-R NISMO (7/31 availability)

$149,990 USD

Destination and handling $1,595

About the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

Drawing on decades of racing experience gathered by NISMO, the brand's motorsport specialists, the race-oriented 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO delivers "factory tuned" supercar dynamics with revolutionary enhanced aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling.

Available in limited numbers, the GT-R NISMO features exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. It has numerous motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car's performance through optimized aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track***.

The GT-R NISMO features a VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 rated at 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque**. Its high-flow, high-capacity turbochargers are similar to those used for GT3 racing and offer improved breathing. Optimized individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump (versus standard models) help improve combustion. Each engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians, a process similar to racing powerplant construction.

The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

The GT-R NISMO, like all 2015 GT-Rs, is built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability. Total vehicle adjustability is provided by set-up switches located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or R.

The 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness. Additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) helps increase body shell rigidity.

The GT-R NISMO also features a special aerodynamic body treatment designed to enhance road holding and minimize the negative impact of drag while adding to the GT-R's muscular appearance. The unique front bumper, engine undercover and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce, lowering the center of gravity and generating an additional 220 pounds of downforce (at 185 mph) compared to the standard 2015 GT-R models. The car's aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same with that of standard Nissan GT-R.

Like the standard GT-R models, the GT-R NISMO offers efficient multi-LED headlights that create a distinctive GT-R "lightning" motif, generating a bold exterior visual signature. At the rear, the GT-R's distinctive four-ring taillight signature forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive rear appearance. Five exterior colors are available for the GT-R NISMO: Solid Red, Jet Black, Super Silver, Pearl White and a low-gloss Matte Gray.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R NISMO cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimized driving position. Racing-style RECARO® seats offer comfortable yet firm support for the driver and front passenger. The cockpit-style instrument panel includes with a large red-accented center-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder. A specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system with speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels, which provides sound quality suitable for a supercar.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the Americas media sites and

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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      • 9 Months Ago
      Anyone remember when these were considered obtainable cars?
      • 9 Months Ago
      man it looks very boxy. Not sexy looking at all. Gotta respect its speed
      • 9 Months Ago
      • 9 Months Ago
      "but bear in mind what you're getting for all that scrap" ... I think you meant "scratch"...
      • 9 Months Ago
      sure it is fast, but it doesn't have any style whatsoever. Pass.
      • 9 Months Ago
      No thanks. For that coin, I have trouble thinking of any other car or combo that I'd rather have less. To put it into perspective, you can have a NISMO GT-R, or the following- -991 GT3 -F Type R Coupe and liter bike of your choice -C7 Z06 and nicely equipped Impala -Standard GT-R, FR-S, and Accord Sport Sedan w/ 6MT I can't wrap my head around how a car that is so performance focused, but at the expense of purity and simplicity, can be appealing. It's a numbers generator, and that's it.
      • 9 Months Ago
      This could be the ugliest 150K car money can buy. I'll just take an R8.
        • 9 Months Ago
        To each their own. Thats why choices exist.
          • 9 Months Ago
          But in the end, you still have a $150k Nissan vs an Audi R8.
          • 9 Months Ago
          I agree, I like the look of the R8 better, but this will eat R8 V10 for lunch. 0-60mph in 2.6? That's 0.1 sec off $1.5million Bugatti! What's an achievement! The new Road and Track Magazine clocked 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S at 2.6sec also, but that was almost $200k.
      • 9 Months Ago
      NISMO GTR!!!!! What an awesome car! For $150K which is a faction of what you would pay for most supercars, this is an absolute steal. For those of you who don't know anything about the GTR, you should go educate yourself. This thing is a beast and would outperform most European POS. Not to mention about reliability of a Nissan. The Nissan Skyline is legendary. Bow down haters!
      • 9 Months Ago
      Who would really get this over a 911 Turbo or GT3 Seriously
        Jaclock LaGlock
        • 9 Months Ago
        I would.
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        • 9 Months Ago
        You're assuming buyers of these cars can only get one or the other.
        • 9 Months Ago
        People who have different tastes than you?
        Chris O.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CTK: I did. I have an R35, a C6 Z06, and a supercharged G8 GXP. While I DID own a Porsche 911 (a 993 Targa), I have no interest in getting a 911 now (Turbo, GT2, GT3, etc.). It doesn't automatically become the car of choice just because I can afford one...
      Bernie Kressner
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yes, this ugly thing can beat super-cars costing two or three times as much; but can it beat the new Corvette ZR1costing two-thirds as much? The show is not yet over, folks.... ----------------
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        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bernie Kressner
        If you're talking about the C6 ZR1 then yes it is (currently) slower than the GT-R Nismo. As far as I know there is no C7 ZR1. The more important thing is there are FAR less individuals that would even be able to pilot a ZR1 around the 'Ring at 100% than the number of folks who could do the same in a GTR.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bernie Kressner
        I love the C7 as much as anyone, but there isn't even a new ZR1 in the works right now. The Z06 will compete with the base GTR, not the Nismo.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why is this car not wearing an Infiniti badge? Charging that kind of coin for a "Nissan" is just nuts. Also, selling it under the Infiniti banner would likely do wonders for the styling (as in a complete makeover), not mention resale value.
        • 9 Months Ago
        Tradition and heritage. The GT-R's roots are in a vehicle that originated in the 60's in Japan. Also, an Infiniti nameplate would only satisfy brand-wh0res. Enthusiasts can appreciate the car for what it is. It's a GT-R first, a Nissan second.
      • 9 Months Ago
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