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

Updated on: March 25, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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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.


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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 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

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

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
Dual-Clutch 6-Speed w/Paddle-Shift all wheel drive 4

2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

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

$123,040 - $125,040


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
50th Anniversary Bayside Blue 2dr (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $123,040 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6 speed automatic all wheel drive 4
50th Anniversary Super Silver QuadCoat 2dr (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $125,040 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6 speed automatic all wheel drive 4
50th Anniversary Pearl White TriCoat 2dr (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $123,040 MSRP (16/18/22) 565 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.8 L, V-6, regular unleaded
6 speed automatic 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
Dual-Clutch 6-Speed w/Paddle-Shift all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Well, still with no major update, you should never mistake the GT-R for a slow car. It comes packed with a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine, pushing out 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. And if these figures sound low you can still opt for the NISMO variant which bumps up the fun factor by offering up to 600 hp. Yes, there are a number of race cars out there but GT-R can still carry up to 4 people in the cabin.  

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

For the 50th Anniversary edition, four trims are on offer for the 2020 GT-R: Premium, 50th Anniversary, Track Edition and Nismo. The Premium trim starts at $115,235 and the more performance packing Nismo edition $212,435. Compared with the 2019 edition, there is a price bump of around $17,000 for the Premium variant. 

Trim

Premium

50th Anniversary Edition

Track Edition

MSRP

$113,540

$123,040

$145,540

Key Features

Twin-Turbo 3.8L V6

Exclusive Color Schemes

Modified 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

   

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The Premium trim is good enough to give you the real feel of a GT-R as it packs a lot of punch. Also, the Nismo edition seems like much of a tuned-up edition and not much has been done considering the extra $32,000 price tag.

2020 Nissan GT-R Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The major fun factor lies underneath the hood of the GT-R. A 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. Although this engine produces identical outputs even after a decade. The 2020 variant is said to be 20% more responsive along with new turbo upgrades done by Nissan. It still packs the Godzilla factor to surprise supercars and new drivers behind the steering. The transmission is long due for an update but it still manages to do its job.

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

GT-R has a league of its own and only a few rivals can match that. It still remains the most pocket-friendly compared to all other rivals even after the price hike. Above all, it still is a track machine made for daily use, if you wish to. The next car coming in its rival list is almost $44,000 more.

Acceleration

AWD allows for a stable and quick acceleration for the 2020 Nissan GT-R. It is blindingly fast in a straight line, it can sprint to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. which is still faster than the prominent rivals. The quick-acting all-wheel-drive setup is something exceptional that allows for proper traction as soon as you plummet the throttle. 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

Deceleration is as important as acceleration when we talk about supercars. 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, which is enough to deliver fast and smooth braking.

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe has Front Brake of 16.1 inches

The lightweight and superbly rigid calliper are created from a single-one piece of aluminium. It feels sensitive and provides accurate pedal feel allows stopping the coupe quickly. 

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

Press the start button on central control and the 3.8-litre v 6 turbocharged powertrain burbles to life. The Godzilla is surprisingly tame on open roads. Unless you’re going for the sports-tuned suspension. The all-wheel-drive capability and traction control allow for the car to be more planted while ripping through corners at high speed. It soaks up bumps easily and handles just like a regular sedan at city speeds. The new hood and front grille design allow for better frontal downforce.

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe Rear View

Understeer is an evident issue in the GT-R, however, few tweaks have been done to improve it with the stiff ride quality that leaves the GT-R wanting in the handling arena. Inside the cabin, you will feel the famous growl of the GT-R engine. Although, all the trims come with an audio system that you might not be using when doing highway runs. As the all-wheel-drive system puts more power to the rear wheels, and the torque splits in the 50:50 the car feels more alive when pushed hard.

2020 Nissan GT-R Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Despite its high power output, the Nissan GTR with its turbocharged powertrain is good enough to deliver 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, despite its sub-three second acceleration to 60 mph. This fuel economy is considered practical as you can very well use the GT-R as your daily driver. With a total fuel capacity of 19.5 gallons, the Godzilla can be taken for a weekend getaway without any second thought.

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

Economy figures might not be the best, but the GT-R still manages a decent fuel economy output from its rivals. While the Porsche 911, Turbo puts out the best fuel economy numbers with 19mpg in city and 24mpg in highway conditions. Followed by NSX and R8. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Interior

7.0/10

While it may dominate over its rivals with its blistering performance, the cabin’s cosiness is not exactly ideal. The cabin of Nissan GT-R is functional like its exterior, but it is beginning to show its age when compared to modern rivals. The availability of premium leather materials along with Alcantara headliner in the 50th Anniversary Edition. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe Dashboard

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 the rear seats are much suited for kids or short individuals. Getting in and out of the GT-R does not require many efforts as the legroom is good enough. Setas are adjustable by manual operations only up to a certain level but, they do get the heating options. 

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

The rear seats are small, but still, Nissan takes credit for being a 4-seater car in this segment. While all the cars in this segment come out to be identical in terms of interior space.

Interior Features

  • Heated Front Sport Seats -inc: 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power front seats
  • Driver Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Passenger Seat -inc: Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Bucket Front Facing Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert w/Carpet Lower
  • Fixed Front Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Infotainment System

The GT-R comes standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system that seamlessly links to your smartphone with the 8.0-inch touchscreen. The centre dash also doubles up to control the major digital systems of the car and shows details related to performance and mechanical factors too. Such as torque, oil temperatures, and 0-100 timings. But, it still feels dated and less responsive than its more advanced rivals. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe has 8-inch Infotainment Screen

Basic connectivity functions like Bluetooth, USB, AUX, and radio are present. Now the head unit supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. For moments when you are not interested in listening to that amazing V6 in front of you, Nissan has added an 11 speakers Bose audio system with active noise cancellation. 

The standard infotainment system consists of:

  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • 8-inch screen
  • USB connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • Eleven speakers Bose audio system

The optional upgrades include:

  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio

Cargo Volume

Being a supercar there is not much space to store your belongings, still, the GT-R comes with 8.8 cubic feet of space which is enough to load in a few bags for your two-day trip. Adding to that, the rear seats can also be removed completely providing you with a little more space.

But, you might face trouble in loading up long items because the trunk doesn’t go all the way up. Although there is no specific smartphone stand inside the cabin, you still get a couple of cupholders and pockets to store basic pocket stuff.

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

The GT-R provides the maximum cargo space for utility from all of its rivals. With 8.8 cu.ft. of storage space it comes out on the top followed by Audi R8 Coupe. The last two spots are taken by Porsche 911 turbo and Acura NSX. 

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 design does not look distinctive, and Nissan has successfully maintained the low-key stance of this performance sports car. The GTR mixes form with function in a great manner. 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. Not many visible changes happened in this update apart from an upgraded front fascia and silver exhaust tips. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe Three Quarter View

While the delicate C pillar diminishes into a vertical fence on the rear fender which is inspired by NISMO GT-R. The design package makes the GT-R a complete tuner car, created in-house. Most of the colour schemes remain plain and elegant, with only the Anniversary Edition having multiple-tone colour schemes to choose from. 

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

By far the heaviest machine amongst its peers, the Nissan GT-R leads the way in terms of curb weight, at a bulky 3933 lbs. Apart from this, the GT-R is certainly taller than its rivals and has a higher ground clearance too. On the other hand, the GT-R offers an excellent overall view from the inside and has fewer blind spots compared to its rivals where the driver sits low, limiting the visibility of the cabin. 

2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe
2020 Nissan GT-R Coupe

2020 Nissan GT-R Safety

It seems that the Nissan GT-R is still waiting to go through the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS. so, providing exact safety figures is not possible. But, we consider the race-spec carbon-fibre design, it is expected to perform at a respectable level. The availability of crumple zones and reinforced engine housing makes up for better strength of the structure. 

At a time when other manufacturers are stuffing their products with advanced tech and driver aids, Nissan is still putting every responsibility in the driver’s hand for handling the car. 

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

While the GT-R is more focused on performance, Audi is stuffing some luxury and German technology. This is done in order to account for the slower lap times of the R8. while Audi’s Virtual Cockpit looks a lot better than the dated screens in the GT-R.

2020 Audi R8

The main downside of the GT-R is the fact that no major design and technology changes made it look old age. Also, the R8 still feels fresh and the Quattro AWD does much better as well. If you’re looking for an advanced proper sports car that has all the advanced features then the Audi R8 is for you. 

Nissan GT-R vs Acura NSX

Performance is the main factor in differentiating these cars. Acura has done a fantastic job on the hybrid supercar that has enabled them to finally beat the GT-R in terms of performance. The engine in the NSX is supplemented by a 73 hp electric motor that gives a combined output of 573 hp which comes out to be 8hp more than the standard GT-R.

2020 Acura NSX

overall the NSX is a refreshed product trying best to live up to its name. The only problem is, it is a supercar designed to be driven daily and no one drives a supercar daily. So, it lacks in performing the best of both worlds. Also, a price difference of around $44,000 is something to consider.

Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 Turbo

This is the competition where the game gets head on head. The Porsche 911 Turbo is a long-time nemesis of the Nissan GT-R. but, even after years of perfecting their original design, the Porsche still falls behind the Godzilla in terms of performance.

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

Interior quality still lacks a lot in terms of space and quality. You have to opt for additional packages to make them feel better. Moreover, the cargo space is the front trunk only in the 911 Turbo which is fit for nothing more than a small bag. Even though the 911 handes much better than the GT-R, it still can’t justify the price difference of more than $50,000.

2020 Nissan GT-R Final Verdict

Yes!, the GT-R is long due for an overhaul as it is lacking behind upcoming sports cars. Nissan is going on the tradition of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. But, it has been long due even though it is not broken, it is old. It is a fabulous car like no other and if you like modifying it both in terms of aesthetic appeal and engine performance. You have endless possibilities to make it a daily driver yet track monster.

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