2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe

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


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: December 2, 2019


The NISMO was first unveiled in 2014 as a more track-focused trim of the already-famous Nissan GT-R. It had more power under its hood from the same engine, sports-tuned suspension, and more aerodynamic body design. It truly cemented the fact why the GT-R was dubbed ‘Godzilla’ as it shattered many other performance cars the moment it hit the track. Fast forward to 2020, and most of its competitors have slowly caught up, while this monster has evolved at a slower rate over the past few years.

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Pros

Race-spec handling

Lightning fast acceleration

Engine puts out a lot of power for its size

Cons

Decade-Old Infotainment System

Excessively cramped rear seats

What's New?

The NISMO trim gets better aerodynamics

All trims get an engine tune-up

An upgraded carbon-fiber body kit


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$210740

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

600 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

481 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3865 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

3.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.4 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 NISMO Coupe Front View  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 3 Quarter View  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Left Side View  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear View
Interior
 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Front Seats  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear Seats  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe interior  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear Seats  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Front Seats

Styles

 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Blaze Metallic color  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Deep Blue Pearl color  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Gun Metallic color  2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Pearl White TriCoat color
Blaze Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

9.9

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

8.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe NISMO

NISMO

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

$210,740


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $210,740 MSRP (16/18/22) 600hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, premium unleaded
6-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

6.6

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.

Now costing over $200,000, the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is breaking ground into a segment of performance cars that give it the most intense competition yet. Moreover, there are cars with a combination of world-class luxury and blitzkrieg performance that the track-dedicated NISMO fails to match up to. Audi R8 and McLaren 570S even offer the convertible trims for this range, while the GT-R’s coupe design is common to all trims.

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

7.0/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Features

7.0/10

The NISMO comes as a single top-of-the-line trim of the 2020 Nissan GT-R lineup. It is the most powerful, mean, and track-focused of all. It is the most expensive, too, which comes out as a bigger problem with the annual price hike for the GT-R. The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO trim costs $212,435 which is a $35,300 increase from the previous year. At least it gets a few upgrades that make it more fun at the race track while compromising none of its practicality.

Trim

GT-R NISMO

MSRP

$212,435

Key Features

Modified Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

 

600 hp

 

481 lb-ft of torque

 

Recaro Seats

 

Sports-Tuned Suspension

 

Lightweight Forged Alloy Wheels

What would we recommend?

Only die-hard performance purists would appreciate the absolutely astounding driving joy the GT-R NISMO offers. Although, if you’re a little bit sensible, any of the lower trims will do that at a much lower price.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Engine

9.9/10

Under the hood of the GT-R NISMO sits a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. It has the same output as it did more than a decade ago

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Engine

It has received tweaks from time to time. The 2020 variant tuned to be 20% more responsive and having the same turbos as Nissan GT3 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 NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

MSRP

$212,435

$162,900

$216,495

$190,700

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-six

Transmission

6-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-Speed AMG Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Dual-Clutch PDK Automatic

Drive

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Power output(hp)

600

577

503

580

Torque(lb-ft)

481

516

497

516

Even though the rise in its price seems steep, there are few other cars that offer you this much power for the value. The dated transmission makes it lack finesse. It is no match for the PDK dual-clutch seven-speed automatic that Porsche has been constantly upgrading every few years.

Acceleration

AWD allows for a stable and quick acceleration for the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO. It allows for proper traction on all wheels as soon as you plummet the throttle. It can reach 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, establishing itself well in supercar territory. It fares way better than most of its competition, matched only by its arch-nemesis, the 911 Turbo S.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 3rd Quarter View

Model

Nissan GT-R NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

0-60 mph

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

4.0 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter mile

10.8 sec

11.0 sec

11.7 sec

10.8 sec

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-six

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

12.47

12.84

10.56

9.51

Braking

Thanks to excellent weight balance and big Brembo brake discs, the GT-R can come to a full stop from 60 mph within 95 feet, way before most of its competitors. Its superior braking power and handling add to the car’s overall safety as well, since there are not a lot of driver aids that let you avoid a collision. The brake response is instantaneous as well. You feel the car slowing down as soon as you depress the pedal.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Brakes

Model

Nissan GT-R NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Front Brakes(in.)

16.1

15.4

15.7

16.1

Rear Brakes(in.)

15.4

14.2

14.2

15.4

Curb Weight(lbs)

3845

3594

3880

3528

60-0 mph(ft.)

95

96

105

92

The Porche 911 Turbo S is the only rival that aces the GT-R in terms of braking. Its rear-engine design, massive brakes, and lightweight chassis help it succeed in stopping the car early. The AMG GT R is a close cut as well, though its weight advantage is decreased to null through smaller breaks and lack of traction.

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 NISMO Handling

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 NISMO Coupe 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 NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

MPG(City)

16

15

18

19

MPG(Highway)

22

20

24

24

MPG(Combined)

18

17

20

21

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Interior

The NISMO offers no more luxury than the rest of the trims part of the 2020 Nissan GT-R lineup. However, the leather upholstery and Recaro seats make it way easier to bear a few more hours when sitting in the cabin. Add-ons such as carpets and heated seats help widen the margin. The ergonomics of the steering and shifters are noticeably enhanced to give you more of a race car feel. In fact, the cabin feels just like the Nissan GT3 racing car in most aspects. It becomes almost identical to the casual eye if you ignore the lack of roll cages, rear seats, and racing harnesses.

Nissan GT-R NISMO 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 NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Passenger Capacity

4

2

4

4

Weight Distribution(F/R

52/48

47/53

51/49

40/60

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 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 NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Storage Volume(ft.3)

8.8

10.1

10.0

5.8

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Dashboard
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Interior
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Front seats
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Steering

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Exterior

8.0/10

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.

The body of the NISMO benefits from several carbon-fiber additions that shave off 65 pounds from its 2019 version. The lighter body improves the car’s handling but does little for the car’s acceleration. Most of the color schemes carry over from the previous year, with the NISMO still looking best in the Pearl White TriCoat skin.

Model

Nissan GT-R NISMO

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3845

3594

3880

3528

Length(in.)

184.6

179.7

186.6

177.4

Width(in.)

74.6

79.0

76.7

74.0

Height(in.)

53.9

50.6

50.8

51.1

Wheelbase(in.)

109.4

103.5

110.4

96.5

Track Width(in.) F/R

63.0/63.0

66.7/66.1

65.6/64.8

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 Merc 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 every apex.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Fender
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Fender
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear Light
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear Light
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Roof
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Roof
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Exhaust
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Exhaust
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear View
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Rear View
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Front View
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Front View
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 3rd Quarter View
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 3rd Quarter View

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 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 NISMO a little easier.

Nissan GT-R NISMO 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 NISMO Coupe Competition

Nissan GT-R NISMO vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R is the true successor of the original SLS. As such it features a peanut butter and jelly combination of being an awesome performance car that still carries over the Merc’s luxury and safety premise. It is something that the Nissan GT-R NISMO can never do, even if it does share most of the designation. Sure, you do get some premium materials and the NISMO can seat four souls, yet its overloaded performance fails to make it a superior grand tourer. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

Nissan GT-R NISMO vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

The S trim does for the Porsche 911 Turbo what the NISMO does for the Nissan GT-R. It packs in more power, sharpens the handling, and supplies the premium interiors absent on the lower trims. The difference is that the Porsche has been upgraded at a more rapid and consistent pace than the GT-R. There was a time when the NISMO could humiliate the 911 on its home turf of Nurburgring. In recent times, the latter has even the odds while offering to save more than $20,000 for those torn between the Godzilla and the Widowmaker.

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Nissan GT-R NISMO vs Aston Martin DB11

The DB11 is more of a pleasant cruising companion than a proper track-focused machine like the Nissan GT-R NISMO. Its twin-turbo V8, though, is more than capable of giving the Godzilla a run for its money if it really tried. It is sluggish than the GT-R, but its top-notch interior more than makes up for it if you value the quality of the drive as much as its intensity. The exterior design further proves why this car features more in ‘James Bond’ rather than ‘Fast and Furious’.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe
2020 Aston Martin DB11

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe 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.