Nissan has unveiled the new 2020 GT-R NISMO at the New York Auto Show.
Nissan isn’t here to reinvent the wheel. The GT-R is one of the best cars on the road, and the NISMO version is the best of the GT-Rs. Rather than make any sweeping changes to a winning formula, Nissan is opting for small, iterative refinements, and that’s okay with us. Sure, the chassis might be over a decade old, but so is the Dodge Challenger, and nobody is calling for a new version of that muscle car.
For the 2020 model year, Nissan gave the GT-R NISMO more carbon fiber than it has ever had before. Fenders, bumpers, hood, roof, side sills, trunk, and rear spoiler are all made out of carbon helping to shed 23 lbs. New 20-inch, 9-spoke aluminum wheels are also lighter than last year’s, and combined with several weight savings in the interior, the 2020 NISMO is 44 lbs lighter than the outgoing model.
The GT-R is also borrowing from its GT3 racing partners for the 2020 year. The front fenders are lifted directly from the GT3 GT-R helping to improve improved downforce, reduced drag, and enhance the car’s aerodynamic profile. The 3.8-L V6 engine remains unchanged, but the twin-turbos are both given a modified turbine shaft with fewer blades.
"This optimizes the flow rate and enhances the acceleration response by 20%, without a loss of horsepower,” according to Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R.
Power remains the same, however, at 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque.
The GT-R’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission has been revised for faster shifts and optimized gear selection, while the car’s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes have been enlarged to 410mm (16.1 inches) in the front and 390mm (15.3 inches) in the rear.
A new titanium exhaust, updated suspension, and new Dunlop tires help improve the car’s sound and handling, respectively.
Nissan didn’t provide us with pricing, but expect it to cost around $175,000 as with the 2019 model.