After spending a week driving the 2015 Nissan GT-R, I came to one irrefutable conclusion: If you owned a GT-R, you’d have to get used to talking to strangers about it and having your picture taken. In over twenty years as an automotive writer, I’ve never had a car that generated as much interest as the GT-R. Every time I parked the car anywhere, people were looking at it and taking pictures of it when I returned, and people would follow me on the road to get pictures of it. I could see the car in its parking spot from my apartment and once word got out that it was there, the GT-R was getting several visits a day from kids (mostly teenage boys, but some girls too) who would take pictures of it. It even showed up on a friend of my daughters Instagram page before she even realized I had it. Just a couple weeks before getting the Nissan, I had driven a $200,000 Porsche 911 Turbo that barely got any attention, but driving the GT-R made me kind of feel like I was dating a supermodel.
Most of the GT-R’s popularity may come from its popularity in racing games, but this car has real substance when it comes to performance. At the heart of the GT-R is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 with dual intercoolers that produces a substantial 545hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. Each engine is assembled by a single person at Nissan, a job that takes around six hours to complete. Only four individuals are given that privilege, with each engine bearing a plaque with the name of the person that built it. The engine in my test car was built by Izumi Shioya, who has been building engines for over two decades.