2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe

MSRP $210,740

Ranked #14 in Midsize Coupe

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan GT-R has a long-standing history in the automotive world since its launch back in 1969 and enthusiasts across the globe would be ever grateful to the Japanese brand for keeping the name alive today with even better things on offer. The previous fifth-generation Skyline GT-R was made almost immortal by the late actor Paul Walker and since then, the name GT-R got even more recognition. The upgraded GT-R saw the light of the day in 2008 while the NISMO variant hit the market in 2013. Among all the various enhanced models of the GT-R, the NISMO offers the best performance and driving experience right out of the assembly line.

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Pros

Exhilarating power and performance 

Stays glued to the tarmac

Comparatively comfortable ride quality

Allows for extensive aftermarket upgrade options

Cons

Cramped rear seats and trunk space

The powertrain might feel noisy at lower speeds

Outdated infotainment system

What's New?

Re-tuned engine for improved performance

More aerodynamically-efficient exterior design

A new set of carbon-ceramic brakes and a carbon-fiber roof is now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$210740

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

232 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

481 ft-lb. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

15.3/15 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

109.4 in.

length

184.6 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3865 lbs.

ground clearance

4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

79 cu ft.

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

16660 lbs.

payload capacity

862 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$210,740 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe in Blaze 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

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.2

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.8

Overall Rating


For the 2020 model year, the GT-R NISMO will get an upgrade that will be focused on improving the performance even further. Apart from the mechanical upgrades, the exterior will see a more aerodynamic design and the brand claimed that the new model will be even quicker than the model it will replace. Among the upgrades, the most notable one would be the borrowed turbochargers from the GT3 race car. In the segment, the car competes against the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, the Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe, and the Audi R8.


7.0/10
Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.2/10
Safety


2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Features

7.0/10

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is available as a single and high-performance variant of the standard GT-R and comes with exclusively designed parts from Nissan’s performance division. Even though the car is heavily focused on performance, the cabin gets a good amount of comfort and convenience features to make it more driveable on a regular basis. The car gets some cool sporty bits inside the cabin such as Recaro seats, black leather upholstery with red accents along with a faux suede headliner, and heating function for the front seats among other features. The exterior sees some of the parts and design elements borrowed from the Track Edition such as extensive carbon-fiber exterior bodywork, NISMO-tuned suspension, 20-inch Rays wheels, and wider front fenders with vents for enhanced cooling.

Model

GT-R NISMO

MSRP

$210,740

Key Features

Carbon-fiber roof

 

8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay

 

Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes

 

Recaro seats

 

Wider front fenders

 

NISMO-tuned suspension

 

Faux-suede headliner

 

20-inch Rays wheels

 

Red-and-black interior theme

Which trim should you buy?

The GT-R NISMO is a standalone and high-performance variant of the regular GT-R hence its available in a single trim only. You have to get it as it is right out from the dealership since there are no optional extras available with the car.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO gets the iconic VR38DETT motor in its highest state of tune right out of the factory. The engine is a rather compact 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 motor yet it generates a humongous 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. The turbochargers feeding air to the motor have been borrowed from the GT3 racecar to enhance acceleration. With the updates for this year, the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission now gets a new “R” mode for even quicker gear shifts and a sportier response from the powertrain. By default, the car gets an AWD layout as standard that allows for superior performance and gripe levels around the tracks. With the new updates, the acceleration times of the car have been reduced slightly with the 0-60mph now coming up in a blisteringly quick 2.48 seconds along with 10.8 seconds of quarter-mile time and a 205mph of top speed.

Models

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

2020 Audi R8 V10

MSRP

$210,740

$162,900

$216,495

$169,900

Engine

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

5.2L V10

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-Speed AMG Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed S-Tronic Automatic

Power

600hp@6,800rpm

577hp@6,250rpm

503hp@6,000rpm

562hp@8,100rpm

Torque

481lb-ft@3,600rpm

516lb-ft@2,100rpm

497lb-ft@2,000rpm

406lb-ft@6,400rpm

0-60 MPH

2.4 sec

3.2 sec

4.0 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11.0 sec

11.7 sec

11.4 sec

Top Speed

205 MPH

198 MPH

208 MPH

205 MPH

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R is almost evenly matched with the GT-R NISMO in terms of sheer brutality and madness. With 3.2 seconds of 0-60mph sprint time and 11 seconds of quarter-mile time, the car might not be as quick as the GT-R but in terms of driving dynamics, it is bonkers. The Aston Martin DB11 is a high-performance luxury grand-tourer hence it comes in a well-contained state of tune with a leisurely yet quick 4 seconds of 0-60mph time and an impressive top speed of 208mph. The Audi R8 comes with a huge naturally-aspirated V10 motor and is a different machine altogether. With a screaming V10 under its hood, the R8 posts an impressive 3.2-second 0-60mph time and an 11.4-second quarter-mile time. Out on the tracks, it performs brilliantly however, the track-focused GT-R NISMO beats it in almost every way when it comes to outright power and performance.

How well does the Nissan GT-R NISMO handle?

The GT-R NISMO is a purely track-focused car and has way better driving dynamics than the regular Nissan GT-R. With the new updates for the 2020 model year, the car now gets a re-tuned suspension along with carbon-fiber body panels to reduce the weight and enhance handling. Sitting slightly lower than the regular car, the GT-R NISMO stays glued to the tarmac and can tackle sharp corners like a piece of cake.

Despite having sharp and agile handling, the car also considers the occupants’ comfort and offers a surprisingly comfortable ride quality, however, more than average bad roads and steep speed breakers might scrape the underbody of the car.

Braking performance

With over 600 horsepower on tap and a top speed of 205mph, the Nissan GT-R NISMO packs in some serious braking hardware underneath. The car gets a set of updated carbon-ceramic brakes which, when combined with the lightweight carbon-fiber body panels, offers some serious braking prowess. Also, the rotors are one of the biggest you’d find in the segment. Along with the electronic braking aids, the overall braking performance of the car would not leave you wanting for more and manages to halt the car within 95ft. Moreover, the car rides on NISMO-specific Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 600 DSST CTT semi-slick tires that further enhances the overall gripe levels and the braking performance as well.

Model

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

2020 Audi R8 V10

Brake Rotors Front

16.1"

15.4"

15.7"

14.4"

Brake Rotors Rear

15.4"

14.2"

14.2"

14.0"

Curb Weight

3845 lbs

3594 lbs

3880 lbs

3737 lbs

60-0 MPH

95 ft

96 ft

105 ft

96 ft

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R has smaller brake rotors but these are carbon-ceramic units and hence, offer some outlandish braking prowess. The brakes and the overall braking tech onboard the AMG GT R are actually more potent than the brakes on the NISMO since despite being smaller than what the latter offers, the stopping distance is just a foot more than the NISMO’s figure. The lower curb weight of the AMG GT R also helps it achieve breathtaking performance as well. The Aston Martin DB11 is the heaviest of the lot hence posts a relatively longer stopping distance of 105 ft. The figure might not look so impressive in front of the sub-100ft. figures of the rivals here but considering the luxury image and a more laid-back driving dynamics of the car, the figure is impressive. The Audi R8 also impresses with its braking performance with a stopping distance of 96ft., closely trailing the NISMO.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Expecting a decent fuel economy from a crazy performance car like the Nissan GT-R NISMO is nothing but a sin, yet the car manages to offer some liveable mpg figures albeit housing 600 horsepower and having a neck-snapping 2.4-second acceleration time. Within the city, the car returns 16mpg while out on the highways the figure rises to 22mpg. The combined figure stands at 18mpg. With a sizable gas tank of 19.5-gallon, the driving range figures are quite impressive too with a pleasant 429miles of highway range.

Model

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

2020 Audi R8 V10

MPG (City)

16

15

18

13

MPG (Highway)

22

20

24

20

MPG (Combined)

18

17

20

16

Fuel Capacity

19.5 gallons

19.8 gallons

20.5 gallons

21.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

312/429/351 miles

297/396/336 miles

369/492/410 miles

285/438/350 miles

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R sits right next to the NISMO in terms of fuel economy figures even though it has a lower power rating and slower acceleration time than the latter. Despite getting an equally impressive gas tank of 19.8-gallon, the car fails to match up to the NISMO in terms of driving range as well. The Aston Martin DB11 truly justifies its grand tourer image with a huge 20.5-gallon gas tank and outstanding driving range figures. The mileage ratings are way better than the Nissan and the AMG GT R as well since it is a much saner machine than the above-mentioned cars. The Audi R8 takes the bottom place in terms of fuel economy ratings owing to its huge V10 power plant and crazy acceleration times yet, it houses a large 21.9-gallon gas tank to make up for the lackluster mpg ratings.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Interior

7.5/10

The interior of the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO takes care of the aesthetics pretty well apart from the sporty feel. The cabin truly stands out owing to the Recaro seats which are quite unique in the segment. Apart from that, the cabin gets an extensive use of black leather with red accents for the upholstery. The dashboard, steering wheel, instrument panel, and headliner get faux suede wrapping, giving a rich appeal. The headroom and legroom are adequate for tall passengers at the front seats while the rear seats are best suited for keeping luggage items. The trunk is also on the smaller side at 8.8 cu-ft.

Model

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

2020 Audi R8 V10

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.5/58.4/N/A

N/A

39.0/55.0/40.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

33.5/50/26.4

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity

8.8 cu-ft.

10.1 cu-ft.

9.5 cu-ft.

8.0 cu.ft.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R’s cabin looks extremely busy with quite a handful of controls all throughout the dashboard, steering wheel, and the center stack. The thick center console might feel snug for wider adults while the seats are adequately spacious with a generous amount of headroom and shoulder room on offer. The car offers a slightly bigger trunk than the NISMO at 10.1 cu-ft. The Aston Martin DB11 gets a pleasant and elegant interior that takes away all the anxiety and chaos you’d feel inside the NISMO or the AMG GT R. It offers better comfort levels than the rivals here and also has a proper four seating configuration. The Audi R8 also gets a busy cabin with a handful of controls yet looks way less cluttered than the NISMO and the AMG GT R. It also offers a generous amount of headroom and tall drivers and co-passengers would find it quite convenient.

Some standout interior features are:

  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Recaro seats
  • Black leather upholstery with red accents
  • Faux suede on the headliner, steering wheel, and dashboard
  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Nissan has taken care of the entertainment aspect quite well and the infotainment system onboard the GT-R NISMO offers almost all the basic connectivity and entertainment features. The infotainment screen is an 8.0-inch unit that comes with both manual controls and touchscreen inputs as well. Unfortunately, Android Auto is not offered as standard and not as an option either. Apple CarPlay is standard along with Sirius XM radio, and Siri Eyes Free. The audio experience is amped up by an 11-speaker Bose audio system.

Some infotainment features are:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Sirius XM radio
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 11-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • USB Connection

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Exterior

8.0/10

The regular Nissan GT-R looks quite sporty and aggressive right out from the factory and the NISMO further adds some sporty and aerodynamic bits, further enhancing the overall appeal of the car. The exterior gets some extensive use of carbon fiber such as in the roof, front splitter with carbon-fiber ducts, a carbon-fiber wing at the rear, and a carbon fiber trunk lid. The car rides on NISMO-specific forged Rays 20-inch wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 600 DSST CTT semi-slick tires.

Model

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R

2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe

2020 Audi R8 V10

Curb Weight

3845 lbs

3594 lbs

3880 lbs

3737 lbs

Length(inches)

184.6"

179.7"

186.6"

174.3"

Width(inches)

74.6"

79.0"

76.7"

76.4"

Height(inches)

53.9"

50.6"

50.8"

48.8"

Ground Clearance(inches)

4.3

3.74

4.4

4.3"

Wheelbase(inches)

109.4"

103.5"

110.4"

104.4"

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R gets one of the most aggressive designs in the segment owing to that frowning front grille design. The car sits quite lower to the ground as compared to the rivals here, limiting the overall practicality and driveability under regular scenarios. The Aston Martin DB11 gets a proper mix of aggressiveness with elegance in its exterior design and the signature grille design from the British brand further enhances the front appeal of the car. The unique wheel design of the car also stands out from the rest as well. 

Some standout exterior features are:

  • 20-inch Rays forged wheels
  • Carbon fiber roof, trunk lid, rear wing, and front air ducts
  • NISMO-specific aerodynamic body kit
  • Front air splitter
  • GT-3 inspired front fender air vents

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Safety

7.2/10

Owing to the exotic price tag and limited sales figure, the Nissan GT-R never underwent the crash tests organized by both the NHTSA and the IIHS. Yet, the car comes with almost all the basic safety features and strong body construction. On the other hand, the car does miss out on some advanced driver assistance techs you’d generally find on cars of a similar price tag. The standard safety techs include 6 Airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

Some important safety features of the NISMO are:

  • Zone Body Construction
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control 
  • Traction Control System
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution 
  • Multi Led Headlights 

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz GT R rivals the GT-R NISMO in a direct and neck-to-neck manner with its serious driving dynamics, aggressive design, and brutal performance from a ferocious V8. Despite all the madness, the car is not as quick as the NISMO and lacks the overall practicality factor taken care of well by the latter. This makes the GT R a more track-focused car in front of the already heavily track-focused GT-R NISMO.

Nissan GT-R NISMO vs Aston Martin DB11

The Aston Martin DB11 is the most luxurious and sane car among the rivals here yet it hides some impressive performance figures too. The cabin of the car looks and feels plush with proper and comfortable seating arrangements for four occupants, making it the perfect grand tourer and one of the rarest four-seater vehicles in the segment. The GT-R NISMO also has a four-seater configuration but its rear seats are practical only for keeping luggage items.

Nissan GT-R NISMO vs Audi R8

The Audi R8 might feel out of place with its huge naturally aspirated V10 under its hood and lower than average fuel economy figures amongst the turbocharged rivals here, yet it offers an entirely different experience than the rest of the offerings fail to offer. It balances excellent driving experience with a decent amount of comfort levels under regular driving scenarios and can turn into a serious track machine when required.

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO Coupe Final Verdict

The Nissan GT-R NISMO is best suited for those who feel the regular GT-R is too boring for them and require some extra thrill to get going. The car does offer a memorable experience every time you hit the track with it yet it behaves properly when out on the road amidst the regular traffic as well. Given the price tag and the performance it offers, it poses as a better alternative to a lot of German and British rivals in the segment.

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