The 2020 GT-R NISMO's revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined "R mode" that now shifts gears more aggressively and intuitively, thanks to a new algorithm for the adaptive shift control (ASC).
This selects the best gear for any driving scenario and can especially be felt during braking and approach into a corner, where the driveline feels more precise with faster downshift reactions to help reduce understeer on entry.
With engine speed kept at a higher rate (thanks to lower gear engagement), acceleration also improves when powering out of a corner.
Enhanced handling, grip and steering
The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s suspension tuning improves cornering stability (lateral G), with enhanced yaw-rate response and smoother ride quality.
Steering features better linearity and precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections even at high speed.
Exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are a combined 100 grams lighter and incorporate a new nine-spoke design that enhances rigidity despite the weight reduction. A diamond-cut white-and-red NISMO logo on the rim marks their exclusivity.
The newly designed Dunlop tyres feature a new rubber compound, boosting grip by seven per cent, and a tread pattern with one fewer groove for the fronts, which increases the contact patch by 11 per cent.
The tyre’s shoulder shape is slightly rounder so that when the car leans during cornering, more rubber surface makes contact with the ground, generating more grip.
Overall, tyre cornering force is increased by five per cent. This also improves the steering response in terms of straight-line tracking and stability compared with the current model, without impacting rolling resistance performance.
The car’s Bilstein DampTronic shocks were carefully re-tuned in both rebound (20 per cent softer) and compression (five per cent softer) to take into account the overall near 30kg reduction in weight. The revised spring rates contribute to a more linear steering response and increase in road-holding ability.
Improved braking: Carbon ceramic rotors
Nissan collaborated with Italian brake manufacturer Brembo to create an all-new brake package for the 2020 GT-R NISMO.
Special large calipers join carbon ceramic rotors, the biggest ever fitted to a Japanese performance car at 410mm at the front and 390mm at the rear.
The six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers are exceptionally rigid. Their all-new construction brings a significant improvement to brake reaction time.
This delivers a more responsive and progressive brake pedal, full of feedback to allow precise modulation of braking force. The result is the ability to shed speed quicker and more effectively while staying resistant to fade.
The biggest advantage comes from the carbon and silicon carbide structure of the rotors themselves. They allow for a 16.3 kilogram total drop in unsprung weight.
Mounted on floating aluminum billet center bells, the new rotor and oversized caliper setup is finished off by new, specially formulated brake pads that generate higher friction levels across the full operational range. The pads also give a firmer, more reassuring pedal feel.
Front rotor cooling has also been improved by altering the angle in which the air guides are mounted, helping funnel a higher flow of air toward their centers.
As a final touch, the calipers have been dipped in a heat-resistant yellow paint that is not only able to endure temperatures over 1,000 degrees Celsius but is resistant to discoloring from hard use and repeated temperature cycling.
The Nissan GT-R features a NISMO-tuned 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 441kW of power at 6,800rpm and 652Nm torque at 3,600-5,600rpm.
As standard equipment, the NISMO also includes satellite navigation with 3D mapping and an 8 inch integrated colour display with multi-touch screen, a rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth® handsfree phone system and audio streaming.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO is priced at $378,000 (MSRP) and is on sale now.