• GT-R racecar-inspired performance upgrades
  • Extensive carbon-fiber body work
  • Functional GT3 GT-R styling cues
  • Pricing still to be determined


In the sports car world, "intimidating" can be a really good word. A stock Nissan GT-R stands as a great blessing of that term. A GT-R built by Nismo -- Nissan's in-house tuning, performance and racing arm -- gets extra street (and track) cred. The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo, coming to an open road or Super GT GT500 and GT3 track near you this summer, seeks to provide the best kind of intimidation possible.

Lighter than ever

The theme for the newest Nissan GT-R Nismo is that lighter is better. Nismo bought out somebody's carbon-fiber plant, because Nismo uses the strong, lightweight material for the GT-R's front fenders, hood, roof, side-sill covers, trunk lid, spoiler, and front and rear bumpers -- all redesigned to increase downforce, enhance aerodynamics and, of course, drop 23 pounds off the car's fighting weight.

Those redesigned front fenders, by the way, come with lessons learned from Nismo's GT3 GT-R racecar. Not only do the fender vents help add downforce and channel hot air away from the engine bay, they also smooth the airflow around the car and keep the "dirty" idiot winds away from the rear spoiler. Lighter, forged-aluminum 9-spoke wheels are shod with a new-design Dunlop tire with an 11-percent larger contact patch for better cornering and steering feel.

At the tail end of the Nissan GT-R Nismo, a titanium quad-exhaust with burnished blue tips gives expression to the coupe's exhaust note.

Spending money only where needed, Nismo made only minor changes to the 4-seat supercoupe's interior, with the elaborate winged seats supporting everything from your shoulder blades down to your hips and thighs.

Performance enhancements

Already the most powerful GT-R ever, the 2020 Nismo's 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 continues on with 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque, same as last year. But even without any bumps in horsepower or torque, the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo manages to get a little quicker. A new design for the turbochargers, lifted directly from the GT-R GT3 racecars, features a modified turbine shape with fewer blades. This helps speed the airflow of the forced induction that turbos use to create a bigger bang thus allowing a quicker acceleration response with no reduction in horsepower.

On the minor-enhancements side of the GT-R Nismo ledger, the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission's revised R mode now shifts even quicker and the adaptive shift control automatically adapts its shift character to your driving style, sedate or sensational, without you having to toggle between modes. Additionally, the suspension and steering are both retuned for better response and precision in corners.

On the major side of that ledger, new, bigger (16.1-inch front/15.3-inch rear) Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors and lighter, bright-yellow Brembo calipers with friction-enhancing brake pads bring added absolutism to the Nissan GT-R Nismo's braking.

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How much does the Nissan GT-R Nismo cost?

Nissan has not yet announced pricing for the 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo. There can be no doubt, however, that your commitment to the brand will show off brightly if you put in your order: Last year's model was priced at $177,000 and we wouldn't be surprised to see this one top the $200,000 mark. If it's a bigger bargain GT-R bargain willing to dispense 600 horsepower that your accountant is urging you to find, we just got word that the non-Nismo 2020 Nissan GT-R Track version will be using the same engine as the GT-R Nismo at a price that's historically been tens of thousands of dollars more palatable on the pocketbook.

If the new GT-R Nismo catches your heart, place that order with your dealer as soon as you can. Deliveries are slated to begin in summer of 2019.

If the Nismo isn't your thing, consider the new 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition model


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