2015 Nissan GTR: 0-60 in 2.0 Seconds.

There are a few cars out there that can do what the GTR can do. When I went for a ride in a 2013 GTR over the summer, I could not believe how fast it was. The launch from a standstill sent my stomach into the back seat as we displaced ourselves to 60  in less then 3 seconds. I wasn't smiling. I was hysterically laughing, thinking that this is way better than a roller coaster, and much faster than my WRX. The WRX felt sluggish after that in fact. With how fast this thing already is, its supercar-destroying track record over the past few years, and its commitment to practicality and fuel efficiency, it's hard to believe that it can get any better.

But it can. And it will.

With the 2015 model year, we expect to see even MORE improvements from this highly accomplished beast. The visual improvements are minuscule. There will be 4 LED's inside the headlights, high intensity LED tail lights, a new addition to the color choices called red-orange metallic paint, and a new addition to the interior choices called Premium cream. We know that all the current trims and colors will carry over. Dramatically improved ride quality is expected, with a Bose-based system that works to actively reduce road noise. The performance improvements are expected to be miniscule, the focus being on improved ride quality. Handling is also possibly improved because prototypes have been seen to be blasting through tracks with a Bridgestone tire that has never been offered before. The price increase is said to be on par with increases that have been seen in recent years. We can expect to see the price go above the 5 digit tag it is so notorious for.

The NISMO edition of the GTR, however, will feature improvements that may enable it to rival the accomplishments of supercars worth 3 to 8 times its pricetag...which it seemingly already does even in the Premium trim. On the interior, alcantra is expected to be used, as in previous years, with new Recaro seats that will keep the driver molded into the cockpit when cornering wildly.

As seen from the spy shots of the GTR going around the Nurburgring, there will be a new aerodynamics-focused body package to reduce drag and improve downforce. New inlets in the rear bumper help to reduce drag by increasing airflow, and new inlets in the front lip help to reduce brake temperatures as well as reduce drag. There will be carbon fiber aero components that will reduce weight while improving handling, such as the large wing that is pictured. Nissan has been testing the wing at different heights, which may mean that the wing is adjustable (see below). Or, they are looking for the perfect height that offers optimal downforce to send into production.

The sad news is that nothing official is known about the actual performance of the car. It may push out 570 horsepower from its VR38DETT, with a vastly improved 6-speed DCT. According to rumors, Nissan rented out the Nurburgring and celebrated an accomplishment after lapping the GTR a few times. We don't really know what this accomplishment was, but sources have said that Nissan may have defeated the previous lap times of cars such as the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package, Gumpert Apollo, and even the Porsche 918 Spyder. Other sources have said that the GTR achieved a mind-bending stand-still acceleration to 60 in just...wait for it...2 seconds flat. 2.0 seconds. If that rumor is based on fact, it will make the GTR the fastest accelerating production car. Ever. It would take down the names of manufacturers like Lamborghini, Bugatti, and McLaren. Even if it doesn't reach that time, we can bet that no high-volume production car will be able to match what it really is. After all, the 2014 has a 0-60 of 2.7 seconds, which is on par with the Lamborghini Aventador LP-700, a car costing more than 5 times the GTR. One of the few cars that can beat this time has a 7 digit price tag, the Bugatti Veyron. Likewise, we can expect that no cars under $750,000 will be able to match the GTR's performance on the track.

This is one of the most anticipated cars of the year. I, personally, cannot wait. The GTR is my dream car, and the improvements it makes every year keep me tied in. It will be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show on November 22, just a few days from today. Let's hope this is big.

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