Nissan is a giant Japanese automaker that started in 1933 with headquarters in Nishi-ku, Yokohoma, Japan. The early Nissan cars were name Datsun, which was the company’s brand name at that time.
Nissan’s VQ engines have conquered many worldwide records for best engines. The company also manufactures electric cars and released some of them to the European market in 2010.
5. 2015 Nissan GT-R
Designed as a 4 seat sports coupe, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24 valve V6 engine with port fuel injection. The engine is capable of generating 545 bhp at 6400 rpm and 463 torque at 3200 rpm. Complemented by a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting mode, the car is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.0 seconds.
In addition, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 in 7.1 seconds and 0 to 130 mph in 12.3 seconds. The 2015 Nissan GT-R is an all-wheel drive with four-wheel drive capability. With a top speed of 196 mph, its handling is quite impressive. Not only that. Its corner-carving capabilities and road grip are unmatched especially when you compare with its competitors.
When the car was offered in the market, three trims were available namely:
Black Edition – it has lightweight RAYs black alloy wheels, Recaro sports seats clad in black and red leather, a custom dark headliner, a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and a red-accented steering wheel.
NISMO Edition – It is fitted with a powerful engine capable of generating 600 bhp, an enhanced aerodynamic body, NISMO styling, wider tires and upgraded suspensions.
Track Edition – the car is designed with rear seats, has unique track inspired suspensions, lightweight black RAYS 6 spoke alloy wheels and blue trimmed high grip heated front seats.
As said earlier, the 2015 Nissan GT-R has four seats where the front seats are comfortable, supportive and spacious. The back seats do not have enough head and legroom. As a result, they are perfect for storage.
The cabin of the 2015 Nissan GT-R has the look and feel of a luxury car capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in 3.0 seconds. On the other hand, the infotainment system is able to provide handy stats especially when it comes to the performance of the car.
The interior is decked with a Bose stereo with noise-canceling technology, 7-inch touch screen, dual climate control, push start button and a sports steering wheel. Since the car is super fast, Nissan fitted safety features that would ensure the driver is able to control the car superbly. Some of the safety features include stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking system and six airbags.
As a world-class sports car, the 2015 Nissan GT-R is sure-footed and it’s extremely confident especially on corners. This is because the car is capable of maintaining balance and race car like grip on the road.
4. 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium
As a 2 door coupe, a 3.8 liter V6 turbocharged engine is capable of generating 530 bhp at 6400 rpm and 448 torque at 5200 rpm powers the 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium. Complemented by a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 191 mph and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in 7.1 seconds.
Despite the twin turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24 valve engine, the 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium is fuel efficient with a rating of 16/23 mpg city/highway. Also referred to as the R35 GT-R (12MY M/C) – model designation – the car’s suspension received a few tweaks in order to improve its straight ahead tracking. Other upgrades made to the car include structural bracing that helped to lower body reflex and changes to the electronic suspension and stability controls.
Engineers at Nissan tied the cast aluminum front shock towers together using a new carbon fiber brace with honeycomb core. As a result, they helped to lower flexing on the double wall directly behind the engine. They also added bracing to the bulkhead behind the dash to reduce vibrations.
The 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium has a rear-mounted transaxle that optimizes the weight of the car over the rear wheels. In addition, it offers minimal load shift to the car during cornering, braking, and acceleration. It has a dual clutch transmission capable of delivering an uninterrupted flow of torque to all wheels.
Engineers at Nissan used carbon fiber, steel, and aluminum to fabricate the body finally crafting a rigid and lightweight body for the 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium.
The interior features a hard drive based navigation system accessible via a 7-inch touchscreen, intelligent key entry, dual zone climate control, push-button start and an 11 speaker stereo system. Nissan fitted the car with Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio function and USB/iPod adapter for syncing with your mobile devices.
The performance display is programmable and capable of relaying useful data and information about the car such as engine temperature, average lap time and the car’s speed. All information is displayed on an 11-way split screen.
At the rear of the car, Nissan engineers have fitted the car with rear fenders and four circular red taillights. The 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium model is also fitted with 20-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels and tires for better handling.
3. 2013 Nissan GT-R
The 2013 Nissan GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter engine capable of generating 545 bhp at 6400 rpm and 463 torque at 3200 to 5800 rpm. Fitted with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, the sports coupe can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds.
Equipped with the Bilstein DampTronic suspension system, the car has extraordinary handling and control which separates the GT-R from other supercars. Not only does the car offer fairly good mileage on the gas but also its fuel efficient with a rating of 16/23 mpg city/highway. The dual-clutch transmission allows drivers to select between three modes namely high performance, fuel economy, and comfort. In addition, drivers have the opportunity of selecting between manual where they get to use paddle shifters when changing gears.
Nissan engineers opted for the dual-clutch transmission system because it helps to minimize the time it takes the driver to changes gear. Simply put, it provides smoother and quicker gear changes. This contributes greatly to the acceleration of the 2013 Nissan GT-R.
The exterior of the Nissan GT-R features a large hood which gives the car a muscular race car look. It has four round tail lamps and four five-inch exhaust pipes which are the signature of the Nissan GT-R. In addition, they give the car a maniacal appearance.
The car comes with 20 inch super lightweight alloy and ultraviolet reducing solar glass to keep the car interior cool especially when parked in the sun for too long.
The interior of the 2013 Nissan GT-R can be described as follows comfy, elegant and sophisticated. As a large vehicle, the interior has leather-clad seats, entry/exit switch for rear passengers, heated front seats, magnesium paddle shifters, parking brake lever covered in leather and gear knob. The dashboard has a 7-inch multi-function display which acts as a control center for the car’s performance and entertainment.
The entertainment system is composed of Bose audio system with dual subwoofers, 11 speakers, DVD video playback, CD/MP3 playback and Bluetooth connectivity which allows the driver to connect his or her cell phone to the car. This makes receiving calls and streaming music much easier.
For the safety of the driver and passenger, the 2013 Nissan GT-R has an advanced airbag system capable of detecting the number of people in the car before deploying. In addition, the system also detects the intensity of the collision so as to determine the right time and force to use when deploying the airbags.
2. 2014 Nissan AMS Ronin GT-R
Named the “Ronin” a word that translates to “warrior without a master”, the 2014 Nissan AMS Ronin GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24 valve V6 aluminum block and heads engine with port fuel injection. The engine is capable of generating 1000 bhp at 7500 rpm and 850 torque at 3400 rpm. Thanks to the powerful engine, the 2014 Nissan AMS Ronin GT-R can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Fitted with the 6-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, the car is able to accelerate from 0 to 130 mph 10.1 seconds and can cover a ¼ mile in 10.0 seconds at a top speed of 149 mph. As earlier side, the 2014 Nissan AMS Ronin GT-R has a four-figure horsepower rating. To achieve this, Nissan engineers installed connecting rods and a stroker crank. This helped to increase the displacement from 3.8 to 4.2 liters.
The turbo was rebuilt with custom compressors and the Garrett GT35 turbine wheels which helped to yield 21.0 psi of boost. Other upgrades include the fuel system, blow off valves, new intakes, and the intercooler.
The idea behind the building of the 2014 Nissan AMS Ronin GT-R was to have a car that is not only drivable and comfortable on the road but was capable of high performance on the track too. Simply put, Nissan wanted to offer a car that is dependable and able to beat a vast majority of the cars on the road without aftermarket upgrades made by the car owner.
1. 2009 Nissan Greddy GR43 GT-R
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 engine with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, the 2009 Nissan Greddy GR43 GT-R is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. As a result, it is the Fastest Nissan (Top 5) in the world at the time of compiling this article. The powerful engine is capable of generating 900 bhp at 6970 rpm and 750 torque at 3900 rpm. In addition, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in 5.1 seconds.
With a top speed of 144.5 mph, the 2009 Nissan Greddy GR43 GT-R can complete a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds. To increase the displacement of the car, engineers lengthened its stroke from 88.4 mm to 92.4 mm. In-house manufactured turbochargers were fitted and helped to deliver 25.0 PSI of boost. That is not all. Further upgrades made to the car include custom titanium exhaust system, new intercooler, lightweight pistons and a rear mounted 6-speed twin clutch transaxle. As a result, the upgraded car was now ready to handle the extra power.
Despite the extra power, the 2009 Nissan Greddy GR43 GT-R is well balanced and stable, especially when taking corners. It has a power steering that is quick and precise. This makes it possible for the driver to maneuver the car through tight corners.
The interior of the car features racing seats, 7-inch display, Bose entertainment system and easy to use dials for controlling the AC and radio.