The GT-R Nismo carries over with minor updates

Rumors of a new-generation Nissan GT-R, possibly with a hybrid drivetrain, have been flying around for years now. But the R35 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon because Nissan just introduced a new version of the GT-R Nismo at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Nismo model is already five years old (while the GT-R itself is 12 years old), but Nissan didn’t make any radical changes to the design and drivetrain.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo remains mostly unchanged inside and out

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Nissan borrowed the front fenders from the GT-R GT3 race car for this update

If you want to tell the 2020 GT-R Nismo apart from the outgoing model, you’re going to have to look really close. That’s because Nissan left almost all body panels unchanged. The front and rear fascias looks the same, the side skirts are identical, and the wing has the same size. So how can you tell? Well, Nissan borrowed the front fenders from the GT-R GT3 race car for this update, so the GT-R now has vents atop the front wheel arches, which are also a bit wider than before. These vents help improve engine cooling, but also enhanced aerodynamics.

The GT-R Nismo continues to make heavy use of carbon-fiber, with the front and rear bumpers, the front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk lid, and rear spoiler made from the lightweight composite. These panels alone help save 23 pounds.

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The cabin also carries over unchanged from the outgoing model. The only notable change here are the slightly revised seats that offer better lateral support. Fortunately, the Nismo GT-R’s interior looks good enough as it is, despite its 12-year old design. The Alcantara-covered dashboard, the bolstered seats, and carbon-fiber on the center console give the cabin a race-inspired feel, and that’s exactly what I want to see in a modern high-performance vehicle.

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The Nissan GT-R Nismo has the same V-6 engine

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The GT-R Nismo is an impressive car when it comes to performance and that’s probably why Nissan didn’t make any changes under the hood. The coupe comes with the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 that features a turbocharged system borrowed from the GT3 race car. Output remains unchanged at 592 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, but that’s nothing to sneeze at. The Nismo needs only 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and tops out at 196 mph. This is anything but disappointing.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO specifications
Engine VR38DETT, V6 twin-turbo charged DOHC
Displacement 3.8L
Horsepower 600 hp
Torque 481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm
Overall length 184.6 in. / 4690 mm
Overall width 74.6 in. / 1895 mm
Overall height 53.9 in. / 1370 mm
Wheelbase 109.4 in. / 2780 mm

The Nissan GT-R Nismo has revised chassis and tech

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For the first time, the GT-R Nismo comes with carbon-ceramic brakes

Nissan did make some improvements in the drivetrain department, starting with a revised six-speed dual-clutch transmission with a refined R mode. This setup enables faster shifts and optimizes gear selection when exiting corners.

The adaptive shift control system has also been programmed to adapt shift schedules to your driving style, while the updated suspension tuning improves cornering stability and yaw rate response and provides a smoother ride. For the first time, the GT-R Nismo comes with carbon-ceramic brakes. The Brembo rotors are now larger, measuring 16.1 inches in the front and 15.3 inches in the rear, while the calipers are more precise and durable.

Finally, the revised titanium exhaust system provides a throatier engine note that resembled that of the GT-R GT3 race car.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo may be the last of its kind

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With intense rumors about Nissan working on a successor for the R35 GT-R, this car might be the final Nismo offering based on this generation. While the GT-R Nismo is only five years old as of 2019, the GT-R it is based on has been around since 2007 and Nissan will probably discontinue it by the end of next year. Act fast if you want one!

Further reading

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan GT-R.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut today, with race car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that maximize its exhilarating performance.

The model was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition as Nissan celebrated 50 years of GT-R heritage at the New York International Auto Show.

"The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car," said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. "Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R, and the new NISMO’s performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the race track – but is also at home on the open road."

Designed for a pro, built for everyone

For the 2020 GT-R NISMO, Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control and predictability were critical in achieving this; thus, they adopted the theme "absolute street and track performance" when developing the car.

Setting the most potent and exclusive of all GT-Rs apart from the rest of the pack is the amount of carbon fiber found throughout the car, including the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler. Each component has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce and enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), in addition to nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R. Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce onto the front tires, without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body, with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, promoting high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fiber roof a lightweight, tight weave.

The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are lighter than before and incorporate a nine-spoke design that enhances their rigidity. Newly designed Dunlop tires, with a wider tread and fewer grooves, increase the contact patch by 11%. This results in higher cornering force, enhanced steering response and improved rolling resistance when compared with the previous model.

Inside the cabin, exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats are designed to focus on holding the shoulder blades and lower body points, giving the driver a better sense of car and body as one.

Transcending perfection

Few cars possess the GT-R’s driving performance. For the 2020 model, the engineers sought to improve what was essentially already mechanical perfection, "making small tweaks to squeeze out as much as possible from the engine and chassis," according to Tamura.

Nissan’s 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – remains the heart of the GT-R’s drivetrain. The GT-R NISMO features an exclusive turbocharger design – direct from the GT-R GT3 race car - with a modified turbine shape and fewer blades. This optimizes the flow rate and enhances the acceleration response by 20%, without a loss of horsepower.

The car’s revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined "R mode" that not only shifts faster but also optimizes gear selection, especially when exiting corners. This enhances the feeling of acceleration and deceleration on both road and track. The adaptive shift control has also been programmed to adapt shift schedules to the user’s driving style. This makes it possible to drive in a law-abiding way on public roads and in a highly spirited fashion on a race track, without manually changing modes (in A mode / R mode).

The car’s exhaust note is the product of a revised titanium exhaust with handcrafted burnished blue tips.

When it comes to handling, the 2020 GT-R NISMO has few equals. Its updated suspension tuning improves cornering stability, with enhanced yaw rate response and smoother ride quality. The steering features better linearity and precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 kph).

The absolute performance theme is also fittingly reflected by the addition of a carbon ceramic brake system. The combination of the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors — enlarged to 16.1 inches (410 mm) up front and 15.3 (390 mm) at the rear — and Brembo calipers significantly improve reaction time, durability and overall stopping performance. At the same time, their lightweight nature decreases the unsprung weight on each wheel, allowing the car to trace the intended driving line in a highly precise manner. The carbon and silica carbide structure of the rotors is nearly as hard as diamonds. When paired with the new material of the brake pads, they generate more friction for an enhanced controlled feeling in all types of braking situations. The new materials also help decrease braking footwork by shortening the brake pedal stroke. The newly developed high-rigidity calipers are dipped in bright yellow paint that can resist temperatures of more than 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius).

"We have built the 2020 GT-R NISMO for our customers to be the ultimate track and street vehicle," Tamura said. "It is about total balance management, not just chasing power figures. The new NISMO has been brought to a new level, with enhanced engine, handling, braking and aerodynamics."

2020 GT-R NISMO specifications (U.S. spec)

Engine

VR38DETT, V6 twin-turbo charged DOHC

Displacement

3.8L

Horsepower

600 hp

Torque

481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm

Overall length

184.6 in. / 4690 mm

Overall width

74.6 in. / 1895 mm

Overall height

53.9 in. / 1370 mm

Wheelbase

109.4 in. / 2780 mm

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