2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo has all the speed

The Nissan GT-R Nismo could never be accused of being anything less than ballistically fast. But that hasn’t stopped Nissan’s engineers making some tweaks to unlock even more speed from the latest GT-R Nismo, just unveiled for the 2020 model year.

It starts under the bonnet, where the 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V6 engine produces 600hp and 481lb/ft of torque. Those huge numbers are achieved in part by bolting on the turbo used in the GT-R GT3 race car. As ever, the engine is coupled to a six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and an extremely clever four-wheel-drive system.

Nissan hasn’t quoted performance figures for the 2020 GT-R Nismo. Indeed, it didn’t for the last version, either. Still, expect a 0-62mph sprint of considerably less than three seconds and a top speed approaching 200mph.

Elsewhere, a lot of carbon fibre is used in the bodywork, including the front and rear bumpers, front wings, bonnet, roof, sill covers, boot lid and rear spoiler. That adds up to a 10.5kg weight saving on top of the 20kg that have been shaved from other components. Not that the GT-R has ever been a lightweight, but every little helps in the quest for speed.

The 2020 GT-R Nismo’s suspension has been revised, massive carbon ceramic brakes with Brembo calipers are fitted, there’s a new titanium exhaust, the gearbox has a new, faster-shifting ‘R’ mode, and it rides on unique 20-inch RAYS wheels wrapped in specially-developed Dunlop tyres. All of which, again, makes it faster than ever, but Nissan claims it’s also easier to drive, as well.

Nissan has also unveiled a new 50th Anniversary model, celebrating the GT-R’s half century. It comes in a choice of three two-tone colour schemes modelled on those carried by GT-R’s that raced in the Japanese GT series over the decades, including the blue and white scheme seen here.

By Graham King

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