The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut today at the New York International Show with race car-inspired upgrades & tuning improvements that maximize its exhilarating performance.
The model was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition.
Hiroshi Tamura, GTROC Honorary President & Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R said :
“The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car. Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R & the new NISMO’s performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the race track – but is also at home on the open road.”
For the 2020 GT-R NISMO Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology & make it accessible as well as comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control & predictability were critical in achieving this thus they adopted the theme, “absolute street & track performance” when developing the car.
Setting the most potent & exclusive of all the GT-Rs apart from the rest of the pack is the amount of carbon fiber found throughout the car which includes :
- The front & rear bumpers.
- Front fenders.
- Side silk covers.
- Rear spoiler.
Each component has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce & enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight savings of 10.5 kilograms in addition to nearly 20 kilograms of reductions from other upgrades & new components.
The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R.
Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay & provide exceptional downforce onto the front tires without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, this promotes high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fiber roof a lightweight, tight weave.
The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are lighter than before & incorporate a nine-spoke design that enhances their rigidity. Newly designed Dunlop tires with a wider tread & fewer grooves increase the contact patch by 11%. This results in higher cornering force, enhanced steering response & improved rolling resistance when compared with the previous model.
Inside the cabin the exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats are designed to focus on holding the shoulder blades & lower body points, giving the driver a better sense of car and body as one.
Few cars possess the GT-R’s driving performance & for the 2020 model, the engineers sought to improve what was essentially already mechanical perfection.
Tamura San said :
”Making small tweaks to squeeze out as much as possible from the engine & chassis,”
Nissan’s 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – remains the heart of the GT-R’s drivetrain.
The GT-R NISMO features an exclusive turbocharger design – direct from the GT-R GT3 race car – with a modified turbine shape & fewer blades. This optimizes the flow rate & enhances the acceleration response by 20%, without a loss of horsepower.
The car’s revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined “R mode” that not only shifts faster but also optimizes gear selection – especially when exiting corners. This enhances the feeling of acceleration & deceleration on both road & track. The adaptive shift control has also been programmed to adapt shift schedules to the user’s driving style. This makes it possible to drive in a law-abiding way on public roads and in a highly spirited fashion on a race track, without manually changing modes – in A mode / R mode.
The car’s exhaust note is the product of a revised titanium exhaust with handcrafted burnished blue tips.
When it comes to handling, the 2020 GT-R NISMO has few equals. Its updated suspension tuning improves cornering stability, with enhanced yaw rate response & smoother ride quality. The steering features better linearity & precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186 mph.
The absolute performance theme is also fittingly reflected by the addition of a carbon ceramic brake system. The combination of the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors :
- 16.1 inches (410 mm) up front.
- 15.3 (390 mm) at the rear.
- Brembo callipers.
These significantly improve reaction time, durability & overall stopping performance. At the same time their lightweight nature decreases the unsprung weight on each wheel, allowing the car to trace the intended driving line in a highly precise manner. The carbon & silica carbide structure of the rotors is nearly as hard as diamonds. When paired with the new material of the brake pads, they generate more friction for an enhanced controlled feeling in all types of braking situations. The new materials also help decrease braking footwork by shortening the brake pedal stroke. The newly developed high-rigidity calipers are dipped in bright yellow paint that can resist temperatures of more than 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s 1,000 degrees Celsius!
Tamura San said :
“We have built the 2020 GT-R NISMO for our customers to be the ultimate track & street vehicle, it is about total balance management, not just chasing power figures. The new NISMO has been brought to a new level with enhanced engine, handling, braking & aerodynamics.”