“Out with the old, and in with the… Old…” Since 2008 there has been only one refresh of the Nissan GT-R. The new year model is here and the 2020 Nissan GT-R leaves a lot to be desired since 2017.
A Bit Disappointed in the 2020 Nissan GT-R
The 2020’s are officially here. If you have already read my last article about the 2020 Nissan 370z for the upcoming model year, you already know how I feel. However, I figured I would continue to entertain the idea of expressing my disdain towards the Japanese auto maker. Let’s see what’s new for the 2020 Nissan GT-R.
The 2020 Nissan GT-R is offered with the same IHI 3.8L Twin Turbo engine pushing 565 horsepower and 467 torque. This is a ton of power going to all four wheels, but the same option has been offered for the last few years. I realize that stock power only goes so far before you start offing a jet engine as a standard option. My issue is that this technology isn’t new and Nissan continues to insist every year that they are innovating something.
Mated to the beefy V6 is the same 6 speed, dual clutch trans-axle previously offered. She’s a beast though. Shifting literally in the blink of an eye. 0.15 seconds between shifts in auto mode. Impressive? Well of course, but still nothing has changed.
Take a Brake
The stopping power for the new GT-R comes from the light-weight, mono-block aluminium Brembo calipers on all four wheels. 6 piston in the front and 4 piston in the back. Behind the dinner plate sized rotors are Bilstein Damptronic shocks. “Notsobad” as Kindrance would say. However, still the same as last years model.
SURELY they did something new to the interior?!?! Nope, sorry. Look I know I’m nitpicking here but this is what Nissan needs. More people need to point out that recycling the same crap year after year is the exact opposite of innovation. The interior of this car hasn’t looked innovative since its conception in 2009. Is it too much to ask for a little less plastic and parts bin nobs in a $100,000 “super car”. It’s just sad to me that one of they’re selling points is that it has Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Well dang for $100k I sure hope I could pair my phone to it.
Now as far as styling goes, no automaker should be expected to drastically change the design of a car every year. They could at least bring it into this century. The hard lines and blocky styling of the 2020 Nissan GT-R is hardly aggressive anymore… It just looks old. At one point the GT-R was futuristic, striking, and actually innovative but now its just a Halo-Car used to sell Nissan Altimas and Rogues.
I really think this was an obvious missed opportunity for Nissan. It’s the 50th Anniversary of the GT-R and 370z and they disrespected the legends by offering them with an awful, overpriced sticker pack and had the nerve to call it an Anniversary edition. Nissan hasn’t done much for the R35 since they threw it in a wind tunnel for the 2017 refresh.
The Future of GTR
Here’s the thing, I don’t typically like to complain unless I have some sort of solution. I don’t really have one to be completely honest. At this point I don’t know if Nissan dug themselves into a hole or set themselves up for utter success. There is a new contender quickly approaching the “budget super car” segment… Tesla, with their Roadster concept, is on the move and in a time where 0-60 times are getting tighter there’s only one way to close the gap. It’s not rocket power either. ELECTRIC MOTORS. Not hybrid, full electric. Once the Roadster hits the market, Tesla is going to completely shake up the super car industry. Enter the R36. A fully electric GT-R that will have to not only make it to 200 mph, but continue to climb past it. A GT-R that will have to beat the or at least keep up with the 1.6 second 0-60 time of the Roadster. Nissan has the technology, but do they have it in them to take on the true future of Super Cars?
With all that said, I don’t hate the GT-R. I’m actually a huge fan. It just doesn’t seem like Nissan takes their cars seriously anymore. In the meantime I’m just gonna keep voicing my opinion, sit back, and wait for Nissan to do something truly innovative.
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