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2020 Nissan GT-R Review

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In a segment where buyers are most interested in looks and performance, Nissan’s most expensive sports car has received some mild styling changes and performance upgrades, in an effort to keep the interest of buyers who have newer models available, such as the Acura NSX. Styling changes to the 2020 Nissan GT-R include the brand’s new V-Motion grille, reinforced to create more stability at high speeds, and massive 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while revised twin turbochargers improve torque at low rpms on the base model.

The performance improvements continue as you scale the trim ladder, including the GT-R Track Edition, which now features the 600 horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 from the top-of-the-line GT-R NISMO. Even more souped-up than ever, the GT-R NISMO sees numerous handling enhancements to improve its prowess on the track as well as the street, including carbon fiber components that make it lighter. But it will also cost you: The GT-R NISMO tops out at more than $200,000.

2020 Nissan GT-R pricing and trims

The 2020 Nissan GT-R has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $113,540 for the base GT-R Premium model. The base model and limited edition 50th anniversary version are powered by a 565 horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine, while higher trims get a more powerful version of the engine.

Since the GT-R is a high-end sportscar, all models come well-equipped with performance and technology features.

Trim GT-R Premium GT-R 50th Anniversary  GT-R Track Edition GT-R NISMO
Base MSRP $113,540 $122,040 $145,540 $210,740
Standard Technology Dual-Zone Climate Control; Driver-Configurable Display; Navigation with 8-inch Touch Screen; Bose Premium Audio; 3-Mode Vehicle Dynamic Control; Traction Control Limited Edition; 50th Anniversary Badging and Logos; Alcantara® Headliner; Leather Front Seats with Embossing 3.8-Liter V6 Engine; Steering-Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters; NISMO-Tuned Suspension; Black-Red Recaro Leather Front Seats Carbon Ceramic Braking System; Carbon Fiber Body Parts; Leather Recaro Seats with Suede Inserts

All MSRPs are the lowest price for each trim and do not include the destination fee. 

Standard features: All models feature dual-zone climate control; variable, speed-sensitive wipers; three-mode vehicle dynamic control and traction control. Interior features include eight-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats as well as a driver-configurable display; a navigation system with 8-inch touch screen and a Bose premium audio system.

50th Anniversary: The 50th Anniversary edition features Alcantara® accents and adds 50th Anniversary badging on the rear exterior as well as in several interior locations. There are three color choices: Bayside Blue with white racing stripes, Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes. All 50th Anniversary Edition models have a gray interior available only on this edition.

Track Edition: The 2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is powered by a 600-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine paired with a 6-speed paddle-shifted transmission riding on a special-tuned suspension. The front fenders, wheels and rear spoiler are all unique to the model, as is the red and black leather motorsports-inspired interior with Recaro front bucket seats.

NISMO: With an MSRP of $210,740, the most expensive GT-R is the NISMO, Nissan’s performance line available on the GT-R and other models such as the 370Z. It features the same engine as in the Track edition, but an extensive use of carbon fiber body parts as well as other components make the car 67 pounds lighter, improving aerodynamics. Other features unique to this edition include 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, carbon ceramic brakes and black leather Recaro seats with red synthetic suede inserts and red stitching.

What’s next? If you are ready for a supercar, you’ll probably want to do thorough research to make sure you get the best auto loan rate. Checking out the offers through Nissan financing is one option, but also look into loan options at your local bank or credit union, or via an online lender. Keep in mind that multiple loan applications count as just one inquiry on your credit report, assuming your applications are submitted in the same 14-day window (some FICO models allow up to 45 days, but always proceed with caution). You could fill out a single online form at LendingTree and receive up to five offers from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness.

2020 Nissan GT-R safety

All models of the 2020 Nissan GT-R come with six airbags: dual-stage front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, side-impact airbags in the driver and front passenger seats and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for front occupant head protection. The front seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters, while the LATCH system to install a child safety seat is in the rear. The body features zone construction with front and rear crumple zones, hood-buckling creases and an energy-absorbing steering column. A tire pressure monitoring system with individual tire pressure display rounds out the safety package.

There was no crash test information available on the 2020 Nissan GT-R from either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2020 Nissan GT-R competitor comparison

Supercars are known for aggressive styling and performance. Each of the GT-R’s competitors have very different designs, but Nissan is well-matched in performance to three of its four key competitors, with the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 noticeably standing out with its 755 horsepower V8 for a similar price point. Perhaps not surprisingly, that also makes the Corvette the worst in fuel economy of the group. The 2020 Nissan GT-R is a strong option in terms of fuel economy, second only to the hybrid Acura NSX. Perhaps most notably, the 2020 Nissan GT-R has a lower starting price than all of its competitors.

Nissan GT-R Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Porsche 911 Turbo Audi R8 Acura NSX
Base MSRP $113,540 $121,995 $161,800 $169,900 $157,500
Expert Scores N/A N/A 4.1 N/A 3.5
Standard Technology Dual-Zone Climate Control; Driver-Configurable Display; Navigation with 8-inch Touch Screen; Bose Premium Audio; 3-Mode Vehicle Dynamic Control; Traction Control 755 hp, 6.2-liter V8; Dual-Zone Climate Control; Head-Up Display; Perforated Leather Seats; Wi-Fi Hotspot Capable; Bose Premium Audio; 8-inch Touch Screen 540 hp, 3.8-liter Boxer 6; Dual-Zone Climate Control; Leather Seats; Power Seats with Four-Way Lumbar Support and Integrated Memory; Cruise Control; 12-speaker Bose Surround Sound Audio 562 hp, 5.2-liter V10; Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch Digital Instrument Cluster; Nappa Leather Sport Seats; Quattro All-Wheel-Drive with Choice of 4 Driving Modes; Audi Connect Information System; Wi-Fi Hotspot Capable Sport Hybrid with 3.5-liter V6; All-Wheel-Drive; Dual-Zone Climate Control; Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; Flush-Mounted Automatic Pop-Out Door Handles
Fuel Economy combined/city/hwy 18/16/22 MPG 13 (city)/19 (highway) MPG 21/19/24 MPG 16/13/20 MPG 21/21/22 MPG

All data references 2020 model years. N/A references data that was not available at the time of publishing. All MSRPs are the lowest price for each trim named and does not include the destination fee. Expert scores average Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book (KBB) expert ratings when available. Standard technology refers to features available in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost. This is not an exhaustive list.

The bottom line on the 2020 Nissan GT-R

While the 2020 Nissan GT-R has seen relatively few changes this year, it still has a relevant spot in the supercar segment, even among newer competitors like the Acura NSX and the Audi R8. As a base model, it remains the least expensive among key competitors, while the even higher-performance Track Edition and NISMO models offer a race-like experience at a price point in line with the luxury supercars with which it competes.


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