2020 Nissan GT-R

MSRP Range: $113,540 - $210,740
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  • Twin-turbo V6 delivers explosive acceleration
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2020 Nissan GT-R Review

For decades, enthusiasts have been calling the Nissan GT-R by its nickname: Godzilla. Borrowing the name of the king of monsters is high praise. But it's one the GT-R earned by being one of the fastest point-to-point cars on the planet thanks to a fine-tuned chassis, a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, a stout turbocharged six-cylinder engine and a race-proven pedigree. The current R35-generation model has been on sale since 2009 and has undergone some significant changes to both price and performance since its debut.

This year's 2020 GT-R receives more tweaks. The base Pure model has been dropped from the lineup, leaving the GT-R Premium as the least expensive model. There is, however, a new 50th Anniversary Edition package that's available on the Premium in limited numbers. It features special two-tone exterior paint schemes and interior trim and upholstery.

All GT-Rs receive upgraded turbochargers this year. Nissan says they help improve low-end response, even though the engine's power ratings are unchanged. One minor update: The Track Edition trim level now gets the upgraded 600-horsepower engine that was previously only offered on the Nismo. Finally, there are new lightweight wheels, some slight visual tweaks, a carbon-fiber roof for the Nismo, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes for the Track Edition and the Nismo.

The GT-R isn't the relative bargain it once was. And competitors such as the Mercedes AMG GT, the Porsche 911 and even the all-new Chevrolet Corvette benefit from newer redesigns and offer similar levels of comfort with no performance penalty. It's also fair to say they have a fresher curbside presence. But for the ultimate Japanese performance car, there's still nothing else quite like Godzilla.

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Our verdict

7.4 / 10
Even though it's more expensive now than it once was, the Nissan GT-R remains a bargain in the supercar category. Real-world performance is exceptional, though it doesn't feel as sporty on a track.

How does it drive?

8.0
The GT-R still delivers astounding acceleration, while the all-wheel-drive system allows novices to pilot this sports car with surprising ease. The throttle tip-in is lazy. It makes acceleration easy to manage at all speeds, but the engine should be more responsive when you push the pedal. The transmission is slow to respond to inputs unless you're shifting manually.

Launch control acceleration is explosive — a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds makes the GT-R one of the quickest cars we've ever tested. Stopping from 60 mph takes 109 feet, which is decent but a few feet longer than the competition.

How comfortable is it?

6.5
The adaptive suspension works well to eliminate bumpiness from poorly paved roads. The ride is firm yet acceptable with the dampers in their normal setting. Switch to Comfort and the ride is no rougher than in a sporty Audi. The seats lack adjustment, and their aggressive lumbar support might be a deal-breaker.

The GT-R's powertrain noise might appeal to those who want to be reminded they are driving a machine, but it comes off as unrefined. The climate system is a bit finicky too. Our test car blew cold air at high fan speeds when set at 78 on a 70-degree day. Manual control is best here.

How’s the interior?

7.5
Improvements throughout its life span have kept the GT-R's cabin looking fresh. It's easy to get in and out of, and the view out isn't as bunker-like as it is in other sports cars. Most of the controls are easy to use, but the active exhaust and driving aid buttons are well-hidden near your knees.

The cabin is fairly roomy as sports cars go. It definitely doesn't feel claustrophobic, and two people can fit without bumping shoulders. Anybody 6 feet tall or shorter will fit fine. Taller folks might have to scrunch down to avoid brushing against the headliner. There's not much room in the back for people, but you can at least toss some gear back there.

How’s the tech?

6.5
While enhancements have been made to other areas over the last decade, the infotainment system is quite dated. Navigation is inaccurate, and the voice control system is clumsy. There's Apple CarPlay but no Android Auto.

Front and rear parking sensors are standard, as is a rearview camera. That's it. There are no other driving aids or assistance systems to help with the mundanities of day-to-day traffic. Though sight lines out of the rear are pretty good, a blind-spot monitor would be a welcome addition.

How’s the storage?

7.0
Though the trunk is relatively large, the tall liftover height makes loading and unloading items awkward. You have to drop gear into the cargo hold, and removing heavy items is difficult. The button to open it is at your lower shin, so best to use the key fob. Interior storage is limited, but you can use the rear seats as extra shelf space.

How economical is it?

8.0
The GT-R is rated at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), which is in line with other supercars and slightly more efficient than V8-powered rivals. It delivered 20.1 mpg on our highway-heavy evaluation route, so it's fair to assume you will be able to match the EPA numbers if you drive with restraint.

Is it a good value?

7.0
Prices have crept up over the last decade. You still get a lot for the money, and the cabin doesn't look as low-rent as before. A center stack redesign from a few years back helps keep the GT-R's interior look current. There are fewer exotic materials than in rivals, and powertrain noises constantly sound like something is breaking. Some warranty coverage isn't as robust as what rivals offer.

Wildcard

9.0
We like the GT-R's budget supercar vibe. It delivers exceptional handling on mountain roads, and acceleration is rapid at full throttle. While the first models of this generation were chided as being too digital, the GT-R's responses and feedback seem analog in this day and age. Its understated, almost bulky design doesn't have the visual impact of an exotic sports car, but there's enough going on that passersby will recognize the GT-R as something special.

Which GT-R does Edmunds recommend?

Our previous recommendation, the GT-R Pure, has been dropped from the lineup for 2020. We recommend the current entry-level model, the GT-R Premium. It's more expensive than last year's model but pads on features such as a Bose audio system, active noise cancellation, and a titanium exhaust system in addition to new turbochargers and new Rays 20-inch forged wheels.

Nissan GT-R models

The four-seat GT-R comes in three trim levels: Premium, Track Edition and the wild Nissan GT-R Nismo. Each one offers more features and more performance than the last, though there are some significant price jumps between the trims too. Each model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine codenamed VR38DETT. The GT-R also uses Nissan's trick ATTESA all-wheel-drive system and a six-speed dual-clutch transaxle.

The GT-R Premium uses the least powerful version of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 (565 horsepower, 467 lb-ft). It might be significantly more expensive than last year's base model, but the Premium is loaded with more standard equipment. Nissan sure didn't skimp on performance either, equipping the Premium with electronically controlled Bilstein shock absorbers, 20-inch forged wheels and Brembo brakes.

Other features include a leather interior with heated front seats and LED lighting all around. Apple CarPlay is standard, but the GT-R doesn't support Android Auto. This year, the GT-R Premium is available with a limited-edition 50th Anniversary Edition package, with three historical paint colors to choose from.

The GT-R Track Edition comes with all the equipment from the Premium. But it borrows some performance parts from the top-of-the-line GT-R Nismo, including a more powerful 3.8-liter V6 (600 hp, 481 lb-ft) from the GT-R Nismo, Nismo-tuned suspension, wider front fenders, 20-inch Rays wheels and a carbon-fiber roof. The Track Edition also comes with a red and black interior with Recaro seats as well as additional bonding on the body to increase the car's rigidity.

The Nissan GT-R Nismo takes its name from the automaker's in-house tuning division, and as such it's the fastest and most powerful factory-built GT-R out there. It comes with all the equipment from the GT-R Track Edition, including Recaro seats and a 600-hp engine. Carbon fiber is used in most of the bodywork. The carbon-ceramic brakes reduce weight and improve braking performance, as do the Dunlop tires. The fenders feature vents, another part derived from the GT3 car. The Nismo also gets black leather with red accents and dark gray faux suede on the steering wheel, instrument panel and headliner.



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    Features & Specs

    Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM
    MSRP$145,540
    MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower600 hp @ 6800 rpm
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    Premium 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    Premium 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM
    MSRP$113,540
    MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower565 hp @ 6800 rpm
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    NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM
    MSRP$210,740
    MPG 16 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower600 hp @ 6800 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite GT-R safety features:

    Seat Belt Pre-tensioner
    Prevents excessive passenger movement upon collision by locking and taking up slack on the seat belt.
    NissanConnect
    Connects the driver's smartphone to the car for roadside assistance, crash notification and emergency calls.
    Rearview Monitor
    Helps the driver see behind the car when backing up through the use of a camera mounted to the rear.

    Nissan GT-R vs. the competition

    Nissan GT-R vs. Audi R8

    Both cars come standard with all-wheel drive and dual-clutch transmissions, but the similarities end about there. The R8 is powered by a screaming 562-hp non-turbocharged V10 that's mounted behind the driver. It's also available as both a coupe and drop-top. The R8 isn't as hardcore as some GT-R variants, but it's a more comfortable and well-appointed sports car.

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    Nissan GT-R vs. Porsche 911

    The Porsche 911 comes in a seemingly endless number of variants with enough options to customize the car to your heart's delight. The 911 Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera S and Carrera 4S are new for 2020 with updated designs, a new interior and revised turbocharged flat-six engines. None of those cars can match the GT-R's raw performance, but more powerful variants such as the 911 Turbo are coming soon.

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    Nissan GT-R vs. Chevrolet Corvette

    There's arguably no better bang for your buck than the Chevrolet Corvette. The all-new C8 generation shifted the Corvette to a mid-engine platform, but it's still the quintessential V8-powered American sports car. The base Stingray is significantly down on power compared to the GT-R but is also less expensive. Expect future variants like the Corvette Z06 to move closer to the GT-R in both performance and price.

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    FAQ
    Is the Nissan GT-R a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 GT-R both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan GT-R fuel economy, so it's important to know that the GT-R gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the GT-R has 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan GT-R. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Nissan GT-R?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Nissan GT-R:

    • New 50th Anniversary Edition package
    • Revised engine tuning for improved low-end response
    • Newly available carbon-fiber roof and carbon-ceramic brakes
    • Part of the first GT-R generation introduced for 2009
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    Is the Nissan GT-R reliable?
    To determine whether the Nissan GT-R is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the GT-R. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the GT-R's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Nissan GT-R a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Nissan GT-R is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 GT-R and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 GT-R is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Nissan GT-R?

    The least-expensive 2020 Nissan GT-R is the 2020 Nissan GT-R Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $113,540.

    Other versions include:

    • Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) which starts at $145,540
    • Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) which starts at $113,540
    • NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM) which starts at $210,740
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    What are the different models of Nissan GT-R?
    If you're interested in the Nissan GT-R, the next question is, which GT-R model is right for you? GT-R variants include Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), and NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM). For a full list of GT-R models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Nissan GT-R

    2020 Nissan GT-R Overview

    The 2020 Nissan GT-R is offered in the following submodels: GT-R Coupe, GT-R NISMO. Available styles include Track Edition 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), Premium 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM), and NISMO 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 6AM).

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