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2020 Nissan GT-R Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 27, 2020
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Dubbed as the ‘Godzilla’ by its fans, the Nissan GT-R returns in a 2020 avatar, albeit not much different than the first time. It was a supercar killer when it was unveiled back in 2009, taking on cars like the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 458 at a way lower price tag. Fast forward ten years and much of its rivals have upgraded to a whole new level, while the GT-R still sticks to "Why fix it when it ain't broken?". There have been a few improvements here and there, yet there is no noticeable difference between various versions when you get behind the wheel.

Frankly, it doesn't need any. It packs one of the smallest and the most compact powertrains under the hood, thus bringing fuel economy under its USP list. Moreover, just like an American Pitbull, this V6 doesn't break a sweat in threatening the likes of many dedicated and established arena champions. Now that the competition is locked and loaded with all the nifty upgrades, let's move ahead and see where the GT-R stands now! 

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Pros

Breathtaking acceleration

Calm and composed ride at low speeds

Everyday practicality

Cons

Dated infotainment system

A lot of understeer, especially at higher speeds

What's New?

The NISMO trim gets better aerodynamics

All trims get an engine tune-up

Addition of a limited 50th Anniversary trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$113540

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

565 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

467 lbs.-ft. @ 3300 rpm

transmission

6 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

185.4 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3933 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

794 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

3.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

ev range

312 mi.

highway range

429 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Nissan GT-R in Blaze Metallic color  2020 Nissan GT-R in Deep Blue Pearl color  2020 Nissan GT-R in Gun Metallic color
Blaze Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan GT-R Premium

Premium

power
565 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$113,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $113,540 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Track Edition

power
600 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$145,540


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $145,540 MSRP (16/18/22) 600 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

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Never mistake the GT-R for a slow car. It's got a genie under the hood that grants 565 wishes once you rub the accelerator pedal. The NISMO further bumps up the fun factor by offering 600 horses under the hood, but more on that later. Only a few other cars have the kind of track focus that the 2020 Nissan GT-R offers, and even fewer can carry up to 4 people inside the cabin. Still, the most surprising aspect of the Godzilla is how well-tamed it is on city roads.

The lack of major refreshments or upgrades certainly hurts the GT-R in more than a few ways. Furthermore, its stagnant performance specs have enabled much of its competition to catch up. Then there is the price. The 2020 GT-R has remained largely similar to its predecessors, yet the prices keep on elevating each year. for a new GTR, one would have to shell out more than $100k, and at that price point, there are various options available in the US market that offer similar performance and luxury for the same price, if not better.

So, in the end, we are all left with one question -  is the Godzilla still worth its price tag? Let's break it down piece by piece and understand what makes it one of the best propositions in the market.

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe Front view
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe Rear View

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan GT-R Features

With the addition of a 50th Anniversary edition, there are three trims on offer for 2020. The Pure trim from the previous years has been dropped now, with the Premium trim starting the lineup at $115,235. The Track Edition gets a price bump, costing $17,000 more than its 2019 version. The Anniversary Edition is the same in terms of features as the Premium, with the extra $8,500 getting you exclusive Nissan two-tone color schemes.

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

Moving up the trim ladder just unlocks the compatibility with the extensive list of optional features provided by Nissan. Otherwise, most of the fitments remain the same across the lineup.  

Trim

Premium

50th Anniversary Edition

Track Edition

MSRP

$115,235

$123,735

$147,235

Key Features

Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

Exclusive Color Schemes

Retuned Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

 

565 hp

Alcantara Headliner

600 hp

 

467 lb-ft of torque

 

481 lb-ft of torque

 

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission

 

Recaro Seats

 

Leather Upholstery

 

Sports-Tuned Suspension

 

Bose Premium Sound System

   

What would we recommend?

The Premium trim is good enough since it packs a lot of punch and gets an extensive feature list as standard. The track edition, although it adds more power to the package, costs more than $30,000. You’re better off saving the money for more track days or for spending it on performance upgrades.

2020 Nissan GT-R Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Under the hood sits a 3.8L twin-turbo, V6 engine that produces 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. All this firepower is sent to all of its four wheels via a trick AWD setup which shuffles the power based on the traction available. The GTR is being powered with the same handbuilt V6 motor for over a decade now but it has received a tonne of upgrades which makes it stand head to head with the hardcore competition and the meet the ever-increasing thirst for more power. The 2020 GT-R is now tuned to be 20% more responsive than its predecessors - thanks to the turbochargers that have been borrowed directly from the Nissan GT4 race car.

Nissan has managed to add a hint of excitement in its powertrain by tinkering with the turbos, however, the same cannot be said for the GT-R's gearbox. It comes from an age when a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic was considered a wonder, sure, but the current generation of sports cars have matured now. They are faster and put down the power to the wheels more efficiently, thanks to the closely placed gear ratios. This is where the GT-R takes a fall as no matter how slick-shifting this gearbox might be, it still fails to match the likes of its rivals here. The six-speeder in the GTR feels old and a bit clunky. Tall gearing doesn't help either.  

Models

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

MSRP

$115,235

$169,900

$159,300

$161,800

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

5.2L FSI V10

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-six

Transmission

6-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-Speed S-Tronic Automatic

9-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-Speed Dual-Clutch PDK Automatic

Drive

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Power output(hp)

565

562

573

540

Torque(lb-ft)

467

403

476

486

Though most of them produce similar numbers, very few rivals can match the GT-R’s powertrain. Even though it has had price hikes, the Godzilla still remains a pocket-friendly track day machine, of course by segment standards. The first car that surpasses its power is the Acura NSX, which doesn’t do it by much while asking for $44,000 more.

How fast is the Nissan GT-R?

We have to give it to the stupendous job executed by the Godzilla's AWD system. It allows for proper traction on all wheels as soon as you plummet the throttle. There's barely any delay between the points where you pin the accelerator and the GT-R reacts. Thanks to this feat, the Nissan GT-R can reach from 0-60 mph in a jaw-dropping 2.9 seconds, establishing itself well in supercar territory.

While that was going all flat-out with the GT-R, its automatic mode isn't as intuitive as compared to the manual control. The gearbox takes a couple of seconds before realizing that the driver is asking for more power. Imagine yourself cruising along the highway when a passer-by challenges you for a head-to-head. In such situations, we would suggest you take the manual control of the gearbox than expecting it to work it out by itself.   

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

0-60 mph

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

2.7 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.2 sec

11.5 sec

11.1 sec

11.3 sec

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

5.2L FSI V10

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-six

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

12.47

11.0

10.64

10.14

The Audi R8 stays out of the discussion here as all of the competitors need less than 3 seconds to breach the 60MPH mark. Impressively, it's the Acura NSX that emerges as the best performer here, overpowering the rest of the lot, thanks to the instant boost from those electric motors in the front axle. 

Does the Nissan GT-R stop as good as it goes?

Thanks to excellent weight balance and big Brembo disc brakes, the GT-R can come to a full stop from 60 mph within 94 feet, way before any of its competitors. Its superior braking power and handling add to the GT-R's overall safety quotient as well. 

Nissan GT-R Front Left Brake Rotor

The brake response is instantaneous and the healthy bite inspires confidence especially around the corners. Since it is a high-performance car, various quirks such as nosedive and cabin roll have been restricted competently. 

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

Front Brakes(in.)

16.1

14.4

14.5

16.1

Rear Brakes(in.)

15.4

14.0

14.2

15.4

Curb Weight(lbs)

3865

3737

3878

3517

60-0 mph(ft.)

94

96

103

99

It is surprising to see how the Nissan GT-R, despite its heft, manages to overpower all the competitors in the discussion here. Its bigger-than-usual rotors ensure that the Nissan GT-R feels sure-footed at all times. The Porsche 911 is a disappointing proposition in this aspect. In spite of the lightest curb weight, it falls behind the GT-R and the Audi R8. Even more disappointing is the Acura NSX that shines in all other departments but loses to each one of them here.

How does the Nissan GT-R feel behind the steering?

The Godzilla is surprisingly tame on open roads. Unless you’re going for the optional sport-tuned suspension, it soaks up bumps easily and handles just like a regular city car at subdued speeds. Opening up the throttle on the track changes its personality entirely. The understeer is well controlled at higher speeds, and the traction is immense thanks to the big fat tires all round and the AWD system which makes the GTR stick to the tarmac like its superglued. The steering is highly communicative for an AWD car. That being said, Porsche is still the king in the steering department. 

Nissan GT-R in action

Now that the GT-R is a full-fledged track weapon, you would want to lose weight as much as you can. So, sound damping is not one of the top priorities when it comes to buying a sportscar. In fact, it is usually the other way around. The Nissan GT-R doesn't hesitate to scream at its loudest when asked for power. A lot of engine and wind noise keeps the aura of the cabin not fit for conversations. Thankfully though, all the trims come with a noise-canceling audio system that makes the disturbance bearable at highway cruising speeds.

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2020 Nissan GT-R Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Despite its high power output, the engine is somehow able to deliver a practical fuel economy. You can very well use the GT-R as your daily driver. With a light foot driving, it is easy to surpass the EPA-rated 22 mpg on the highway. With a fuel capacity of 19.5 gallons, the Godzilla may very well suit you for a weekend getaway.

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

MPG(City)

16

13

21

19

MPG(Highway)

22

20

22

24

MPG(Combined)

18

16

21

21

When compared with the competition, the Godzilla fails to better the NSX in this regard. However, the NSX has an upper hand with its hybrid powertrain enhancing the fuel economy. The Audi R8 also remains out of the question as it is powered by a heavy and thirsty glorious V10 engine that gulps through the fuel like a hungry puppy. More like a fully grown Doberman.

2020 Nissan GT-R Interior

7.0/10

While the GT-R may dominate the segment with its blistering performance, the cabin’s coziness is not exactly ideal. There are premium leather materials available, yes, and the 50th Anniversary Edition has Alcantara headliners. Nevertheless, the GT-R has not yet been able to shake the feeling of sitting in a big plastic box whenever you spend more than a few hours seated in. The front seats are spacious but taller passengers will have trouble sitting in the back.

Nissan GT-R Dashboard View

Basic adjustments for the seats are manual. The heating for the seats is switched from a small easily-missable button on the bottom, which is hard to reach if you’re more than six feet tall. There is no adjustment available for the lumbar support or bolsters, therefore a few laps of the Laguna Seca might be troublesome. The climate control works reasonably well and cools the car fairly quickly.

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

Passenger Capacity

4

2

2

4

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.0/55.0/40.9

38.3/57.7/42.9

39.4/55.6/39.2

How good is the infotainment system?

The 8.0-inch touchscreen works well enough to control the major digital systems of the car but feels dated and less responsive than its more advanced rivals. The system has no problem getting used to but offers nothing more than the bare-bones minimum. It has a few connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB, AUX, and radio. Apple CarPlay is supported if you require better voice control and navigation. No such luck for Android users. Satellite radio and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, pretty much normal for any car of this price bracket, are both absent. 

The 8.0-inch infotainment system of the Nissan GT-R 

The audio system seems much more upbeat. It is a Bose Premium Surround Sound System which is now common to all trims. It has 11-speakers and comes with active noise cancellation. It drowns out most of the engine noise, though you have to turn the volume to the max if you properly want to enjoy your favorite tunes.

How much cargo can the GTR take?

While most other performance cars ditch the idea of carrying a bit of luggage for their passengers, the GT-R offers enough space to load in a few bags for your two-day trip. Its 8.8 cubic feet of cargo space is easily accessible. However, the trunk doesn’t go all the way upright, so you might have a problem loading in long items. The rear seats can also hold a bunch of cargo and small items. Upfront, you get a couple of cupholders and pockets to hold in your wallets and sunglasses. A dedicated smartphone stand is badly needed. We hope it features in future versions.

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

Storage Volume(ft.3)

8.8

8.0

4.4

5.8

 

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Nissan GT-R interior Feature
2020 Nissan GT-R infotainment system
Nissan GT-R coupe seats
2020 Nissan GT-R steering
Nissan GT-R coupe steering

2020 Nissan GT-R Exterior

The GT-R is designed like a brick. Its beauty lies in its serenity and simplicity. Rather than going for a mish-mash of sharp edges and curvy streaks, the smooth cuts reflect the appearance of a noble shinobi, ready to spring into action whenever the need arises. Aside from an upgraded front fascia and silver exhaust tips, most of the 2020 Nissan GT-R is unchanged from the previous year.

Most color schemes are plain and elegant, with only the Anniversary Edition have multiple-tone color schemes to choose from. Though fans of classic Nissans wouldn’t mind spending the extra $8,500 just for the new paint scheme, the sensible shopper would rather save the amount and spend a lot less on pieces of vinyl and custom paint jobs.

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3933

3737

3878

3517

Length(in.)

185.4

174.3

176.1

177.4

Width(in.)

74.6

76.4

87.3

74.0

Height(in.)

53.9

48.8

47.8

51.1

Ground Clearance(in.)

4.3

4.3

3.7

4.2

Wheelbase(in.)

109.4

104.4

103.5

96.5

Track Width(in.) F/R

62.6/63.0

64.5/63.0

65.2/63.7

60.7/62.6

The Nissan GT-R is certainly taller than its rivals and has a higher ground clearance. Compared to the Porsche or the Audi where the driver sits low, limiting the visibility of the cabin, the GT-R offers an excellent overall view from the inside and has fewer blind spots. Its longer wheelbase and tighter track width enable the Godzilla to remain stable at the apex.

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Nissan GT-R Rear View

2020 Nissan GT-R Safety

At a time when advanced safety systems such as Automated Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control are becoming standard for most 4-seater vehicles, the GT-R puts the driver responsible for avoiding any collisions when driving, with most safety systems focused on keeping the Godzilla on a leash. Still, you do get a few useful features like such as parking sensors and a tire pressure monitoring system that makes living with the GT-R a little easier.

The chassis has not been tested by any federal authority for its safety but you can trust its race-spec carbon-fiber design to keep everyone inside the cabin safe. The design has not changed much from the first generation. There are crumple zones located around the trunk and the engine sits in a reinforced housing. So, you can trust it to do the job of absorbing the majority of impact in the event of a crash.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Emergency SOS
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera

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2020 Nissan GT-R Competition

Nissan GT-R vs Audi R8

While Nissan is more focused on the performance aspect of the GT-R, Audi adds in some luxury and German technology to account for its slower lap times of the R8. The Virtual Cockpit is a much better-looking cluster than the dated analog dials in the GT-R. Around the corners, the Quattro AWD performs well. If you’re a bit flexible with your budget, the extra buck for Tony Stark’s personal pick is well worth it.

Nissan GT-R vs Acura NSX

Acura’s take on the hybrid supercar has enabled it to finally beat the GT-R in terms of performance. Its less powerful gas engine is supplemented by a 73 hp electric setup that gives the combination a total output of 573 hp, 8 more than the GT-R Premium. The drivetrain also improves hugely on the fuel economy, making it go 5 miles further per gallon of fuel than the GT-R. The GT-R doesn’t lag behind it much, and we would happily take the $44,000 along with a more sporty interior.

Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is a long-time nemesis of the Nissan GT-R. The 911 Turbo is a star performer of the segment. In true Porsche fashion, it handles like a dream. the steering is superb, the engine is free from any sort of lag whatsoever and gearbox is lightning quick. The GT-R can’t match is the 911’s legendary handling, perfected overtime on Porsche’s home turf of Nurburgring. The 911 is lighter and it feels more nimble and is quick to react to inputs. In terms of practicality, however, it loses out to the GT-R. The trunk in front or the "frunk" of the 911 Turbo is fit for nothing more than a change of clothes. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Final Verdict

Long-time fans of the GT-R would certainly appreciate Nissan’s tradition of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. It is an impressive track car that is capable of assisting you in daily commutes. In spite of all, more than a decade has gone by. It is about time a major overhaul came, making the Godzilla a more powerful, meaner monster able to take on the new titans of the automotive industry.

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