If you want the best version of the Nissan GT-R that you can buy from an official dealer, the Nismo is the one to have. For the 2020 model year, the company has updated the GT-R Nismo with a number of upgrades to make it even more dynamic.

First up, all the carbon-fibre components used for the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, bonnet, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler have been lightened for a cumulative weight saving of 10.5 kg. Reductions from other upgrades and new components also help trim another 20 kg from the vehicle weight.

New additions include the front fenders that mimic those on the GT-R GT3 race car, while the exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminium wheels are not only lighter than before, but feature a nine-spoke design. The tyres paired with the wheels also have a wider tread and fewer grooves for an 11% increase in terms of contact patch.

The VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 is the same as before, and continues to feature a turbocharger design direct from the GT3 racer with a modified turbine shape and fewer blades.

In terms of output, the mill provides 600 hp and 652 Nm of torque, while a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive helps get the power down to the road. The transmission itself boasts updated software that improves the adaptive shift control, as well as a more refined ‘R’ mode.

On the other hand, coming to a stop is now handled by a carbon ceramic brake system with larger rotors – 410 mm up front and 390 mm at the rear – along with new material for the brake pads. The The newly developed high-rigidity calipers are finished in bright yellow paint and can resist temperatures of 1,000 degrees Celsius.

As for handling, Nissan has tweaked the GT-R Nismo’s suspension tuning to provide improved cornering stability, with enhanced yaw rate response and smoother ride quality. The steering now provides better linearity and precision than before, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 300 km/h.

Should the GT-R Nismo is a little too extreme (and costly) for you, the lesser GT-R Track Edition might be kinder to your wallet. It gets the same engine as the Nismo version, but items like the carbon-fibre roof and carbon ceramic brakes, are optional.

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