The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is the culmination of two of Nissan’s most important nameplates: GT-R – representing 50 years of history, pedigree, success in racing and a global fan following – and NISMO, NISsan MOtorsports International Co., Nissan’s in-house tuning arm that pursues performance at a maniacal level by perfecting the smallest of details. True to what NISMO stands for, the 2020 GT-R NISMO is a more extreme, track-oriented version of the GT-R that has matured through rigorous refinements, and become sharper and more rewarding as a street car.
The 2020 GT-R NISMO is about total balance. New, race-proven turbochargers, improved gearbox shift control, lighter components, reduced overall mass and upgrades to the brakes, wheels and tires contribute to a 2.5-second reduction in lap time around Nissan’s development track, not to mention an improvement of the GT-R’s inherent high speed stability, even at speeds of up to 186 mph. Here’s how Nissan achieved this remarkable improvement.
Inside the cabin, the exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats created by Recaro have been enhanced for 2020 to offer better containment for the driver and passenger. This is achieved through a three-layer structure in which carbon fiber sandwiches a main inner section to improve the way the upper body is supported. The addition of a core frame structure to the carbon shell has increased the torsional rigidity of the seats (approx. 20%), helping fight against flex when pushing hard through the corners as well as giving more general support when actuating the brakes. This didn’t impact weight negatively: each seat is 1.4 kilograms lighter.
Only one interior color combination is available, a NISMO-specific black leather with red accents. The seat inserts are Red Synthetic Suede, and there is Dark Gray Alcantara on the steering wheel, dashboard and roof liner.