The nickname for the GT-R first started back in the early ’60s when Godzilla was busily smashing Tokyo and plenty of GT-R Skylines. The name really started sticking when the Australian press started calling the GT-R “Godzilla, the monster from Japan” because of its success in the Australian Touring Car Championship. The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo brings the name full circle, except that now it’s the GT-R that’s stomping the competition.
“The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car. Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind the GT-R, and the new NISMO’s performance suggests it is a car that belongs on the race track—but is also at home on the open road,” explains Hiroshi Tamura, Nissan’s chief product specialist for the GT-R.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO has been updated with improved engine components and refined transmission settings, as well as redesigned turbochargers, the same turbochargers used for the GT3 race car. The suspension tuning was also revised to cope with the 565 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque from the hand-built twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6. It just might be that the GT-R will get banned in the States yet again for being too fast.
“We have built the 2020 GT-R NISMO for our customers to be the ultimate track and street vehicle,” emphasizes Tamura. “It is about total balance management, not just chasing power figures. The new NISMO has been brought to a new level, with the enhanced engine, handling, braking, and aerodynamics.”