Hardcore JDM fans and general lovers of fast cars will be excited to hear the 2020 Nissan GT-R has landed in Australia, bringing in some mild updates to the iconic formula. Nissan says this is the most significant update since the 2017 GT-R. To mark the occasion, there’s also a special 50th Anniversary limited edition up for grabs.
Firstly, let’s get one thing out of the way; the 2020 GT-R doesn’t come with additional power or torque, and the powertrain pretty much continues as before. However, the setup remains as one of the quickest-accelerating production cars currently on the market, especially for a petrol-powered model that features seating for four.
Five different variants are on sale in Australia. These span from the GT-R Premium, Premium Luxury, Premium Luxury 50th Anniversary, the Track Edition, and the Track Edition with the Nismo interior option. Details for the flagship Nismo variant, such as prices, haven’t been disclosed.
All models (aside from the Nismo) come with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 that produces 419kW and 632Nm (Nismo develops 441kW and 652Nm). These figures are unchanged, however, Nissan says a pair of new turbochargers have been introduced. They use something called an abradable seal, which reduces pressure leakages between the turbo housing and the turbine wheel. Nissan says the change helps to improve low-end response.
As before, the power is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. But it is also revised. Specifically, the ‘R Mode’ for the transmission is tweaked to offer even more aggressive downshifts, even during ABS activation. Nissan says this helps to reduce understeer and improve corner exit performance. Fuel consumption, if you’re wondering, remains at 11.7L/100km on the official combined cycle.
In terms of the changes for 2020, aside from the turbos and transmission, there’s also a new steel brake kit for all variants, new alloy wheel designs, updated suspension for all, and a titanium exhaust system for all. Buyers can also opt for a fresh Bayside Blue exterior colour option.
Going for the Track Edition brings in Nismo-tuned suspension with a Nismo stabiliser bar at the back, Nismo lightweight RAYS forged alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT600 tyres, a carbon fibre rear spoiler, wider front guards, and a bespoke black and red interior with Recaro seats.
As for the 50th Anniversary edition, it showcases the new Bayside Blue exterior option with white stripes, or it can be had in Super Silver with white stripes, or Ivory Pearl with red stripes. There’s also a special 50th anniversary badge on the boot, and the interior features a unique grey two-tone leather called Twilight Grey. Some 50th anniversary badges are also scattered around the cabin.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R is on sale now in Australia, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):
GT-R Premium: $193,800
GT-R Premium Luxury: $199,800
GT-R Premium Luxury 50th Anniversary: $209,300
GT-R Track Edition: $235,000
GT-R Track Edition with optional NISMO interior: $247,000