2015 Nissan GT-R in red

2015 Nissan GT-R reveals itself as more sophisticated, so has it lost its track cred?

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Say what you want, but when the Nissan GT-R re-hit the scene in 2007 it changed the way people look at Japanese supercars and has been a track contender, even in its stock factory form, since. Now, Nissan is adding "refinement" to the car. Does this destroy its track worthiness?

When the new 2015 Nissan GT-R unveiled yesterday morning, it was a breathtaking experience for fans of the supercar. This iconic sports coupe continues Nissan's "Innovation that Excites" mantra for its 2015 model year in the United States, adding a lot of sophistication and high-end accouterments to go with the great new look.

But does this mean it's losing its track credibility?

Other powerfully awesome sports cars have "gone luxury" and lost their way in the past. As fellow Torque News writer Patrick Rall pointed out, the Dodge Viper SRT took on a lot of interior comfort improvements at the expense of its track capability. Having been in the 2013 Viper SRT V10 on the race track this summer, I can tell you that it's a real pig around the corners. By comparison, the same track on the same day also had the 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium and it was a dream on the GT circuit. That is a side note, however, and I promise to discuss it further at a later date.

Back to the new 2015 GT-R. Will all of this added glitz mean that the supercoupe is no longer a powerhouse on the track that just happens to be street legal?

Let's look at what the new 2015 GT-R changes first, then consider whether this alters its track cred.

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