The R35 GT-R is one of the oldest models in Nissan’s current line up having been first introduced back in 2007. However, the Japanese automaker doesn’t appear to be retiring their flagship model just yet. In fact, Nissan has been continually improving the model since it first debuted, and it continues on for the 2020 model year with the new and improved GT-R NISMO.
What’s new with the GT-R NISMO? From afar, you can easily mistake it for the 2018 model GT-R NISMO. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll see all the new parts Nissan has fitted to Godzilla. The most obvious change would be the new 20-inch Rays aluminum NISMO wheels which now feature a new multi-spoke design. It also comes with new Dunlop tires which have a wider tread and fewer grooves which increase contact patch by 11%.
Aside from the new wheels, the carbon fiber bodywork has also been upgraded. The front fender is now vented and resembles those on the GT3 GT-R. The vents help funnel away hot air from the engine bay and improve downforce at the same time. To further cut down on weight, the roof is now built from lightweight carbon fiber as well.
Under the hood, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 continues to produce the same 600 PS and 652 Nm of torque. However, the 2020 GT-R NISMO now uses turbochargers lifted from the GT3 race car. According to Nissan, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised. Completing the makeover for 2020 are the new Brembo carbon ceramic rotors which help decrease unsprung weight.
Inside, the cabin has simply been carried over from the previous model year with the addition of new NISMO seats by Recaro.
So, if you’re thinking the R35 GT-R will be bowing out soon, better think again. We might still see the current-generation GT-R in action for quite some time.