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


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


Dubbed the ‘Godzilla’ by fans, the 2020 Nissan GT-R returns. Albeit not much different than the first time it was launched in 2009. It was a supercar killer when it unveiled, taking on cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo 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 has not. There have been a few improvements here and there, yet there is no noticeable difference between various versions when you get behind the wheel.

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Pros

Breathtaking Acceleration

Composed and comfortable 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
 2020 Nissan GT-R Left Side View  2020 Nissan GT-R Emblems  2020 Nissan GT-R Rear View  2020 Nissan GT-R 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan GT-R 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Nissan GT-R interior  2020 Nissan GT-R Cockpit Area  2020 Nissan GT-R Cockpit Area  2020 Nissan GT-R Front Seats  2020 Nissan GT-R Rear Arm Rest

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

9.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan GT-R Premium

Premium

power
565hp @ 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) 565hp @ 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
600hp @ 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) 600hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


Never mistake the GT-R for a slow car. Packed with a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine, it grants 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. The NISMO bumps up the fun factor by offering a modified engine that cranks up to 600 hp. Few other cars have the racetrack focus of the 2020 Nissan GT-R. Fewer still can carry up to 4 people in the cabin. Still, the most surprising aspect of the Godzilla is how tame it is on city roads.

The lack of major redesigns or upgrades certainly hurts the GT-R in more than a few areas. Its stagnant performance specs have enabled much of its competition to catch up. Then there is the price. The GT-R has remained largely similar to its predecessors, yet the prices of every trim keep on climbing each year. Now starting past $100,000, there are various options available in the US market that offer better performance and luxury for the same price.

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

 

9.0/10
Engine

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan GT-R Features

Aside from the addition of a 50th Anniversary edition, three main trims will see regular production for 2020. The Pure trim from the previous years has completely been dropped, with the Premium trim starting the lineup at $115,235. The Track Edition and NISMO get a price bump as well, both of them costing $17,000 and $35,000 more than their 2019 versions respectively. 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

Trim

Premium

50th Anniversary Edition

Track Edition

NISMO

MSRP

$115,235

$123,735

$147,235

$212,435

Key Features

Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

Exclusive Color Schemes

Modified Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

Lightweight Forged Alloy Wheels

 

565 hp

Alcantara Headliner

600 hp

Tuned Gearbox Shift Control

 

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. It justifies its price tag as you only get 35 more horsepower when going for $32,000 extra. You’re better off saving the money for more track days or for spending it on performance upgrades.

2020 Nissan GT-R Engine

9.0/10

Under the hood of the GT-R sits a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. It has the same output as it did more than a decade ago. It has received tweaks from time to time. The 2020 variant tuned to be 20% more responsive and having the same turbos as Nissan GT4 racing car. It is still capable to surprise those still new to Godzilla. It is less so for the transmission, which comes from an age when a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic was considered a wonder.

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

RWD

Power output(hp)

565

562

573

540

Torque(lb-ft)

467

403

476

486

Very few rivals can match the GT-R’s powertrain. Even though it has had price hikes, the Godzilla still remains an economical track day machine. The first car that surpasses its power is the NSX, which doesn’t do it by much while costing $44,000 more.

Acceleration

AWD allows for a stable and quick acceleration for the 2020 Nissan GT-R. It allows for proper traction on all wheels as soon as you plummet the throttle. It can reach 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, establishing itself well in supercar territory. It fares way better than most of its competition, coming second only to the NSX that benefits from a hybrid powertrain.

Model

Nissan GT-R Premium

Audi R8 Coupe

Acura NSX

Porsche 911 Turbo

0-60 mph

2.8 sec

3.4 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

Braking

Thanks to excellent weight balance and big Brembo brake discs, 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 car’s overall safety as well, since not a lot of driver aids let you avoid any collision. The brake response is instantaneous as well. You feel the car slowing down as soon as you depress the pedal.

Nissan GT-R Brakes

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)

3933

3737

3878

3517

60-0 mph(ft.)

94

96

103

99

Ride and Handling

The Godzilla is surprisingly tame on open roads. Unless you’re going for the sports-tuned suspension. It soaks up bumps easily and handles just like a regular sedan at city speeds. Opening up on the throttle on the track changes the scenario entirely. There is a lot of understeer at higher speeds, making you reach for the brakes just as you’re about to get to the exciting part. In spite of that, the car remains stable and doesn’t scare novice drivers into easing off.

Nissan GT-R Performance

The cabin of the GT-R is filled with engine roar and wind noise. Thankfully, all the trims come with an audio system that makes the disturbance bearable at highway speeds. The steering response is instantaneous and the AWD system never lets you run out of grip around corners.

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 cautious 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

2020 Nissan GT-R Interior

7.0/10

While it may dominate over its rivals 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.

2020 Nissan GT-R Interior

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 may cause you an ache in the back. The climate control works reasonably well, though it cools much better than heating the interior of the car.

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

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.

 2020 Nissan GT-R Infotainment display

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 really have to turn the volume to the max if you properly want to enjoy your favorite tunes.

Cargo Volume

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

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 body of the GT-R is not that impressive to look at. 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.

 2020 Nissan GT-R coupe exterior view

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 a bit of paint, 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. Rather than 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.

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 gimmicks such as parking sensors and a tire pressure monitoring system that makes living with the GT-R a little easier.

The Godzilla's responsive handling is its best line of safety.

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

2020 Nissan GT-R Competition

Nissan GT-R vs Audi R8

2020 Audi R8 V10 Coupe

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 of gauges than the dated screens in the GT-R. Around the corners, the Quattro AWD does much better as 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

2019 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 motor 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

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is a long-time nemesis of the Nissan GT-R. Even after years of perfecting their original design, the Porsche still falls behind the Godzilla in terms of performance. Its interior feels more cramped and you really have throw in cash for those quality interiors. Moreover, the trunk in front of the 911 Turbo is fit for nothing more than a change of clothes. The only thing that the GT-R can’t match is the 911’s legendary handling, perfected overtime on Porsche’s home turf of Nurburgring.

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.

Nissan GT-R