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On the road, the GT-R offers far more performance than you can use if you want to stay out of jail.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - For 2020, both the NISMO edition and the Track Edition if the 2020 Nissan GT-R offers a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 600 horsepower and 481 torque.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition supercar has a long and rich history behind it, but most Americans don't know the story because it all happened in Japan. The lineage of the GT-R goes back over 50 years to the 1969 Skyline GT-R, also called the Hakosuka. This was a lightweight factory racing model that won 50 races before it was retired in 1972. Since then, the GT-R name has been used for Nissan's highest performance production vehicles.

The GT-R came to America in its current form for the 2009 model year, with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine originally tuned for 480 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Since that time, base engine power has risen steadily to 565 hp and 467 torque. Now for 2020, both the NISMO edition and the Track Edition offer 600 horsepower and 481 torque.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - New features for 2020 include a lightweight roof made of carbon fiber, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.

One other notable fact is that the GT-R carries its advanced six-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission in the rear of the car for better balance, and drives all four wheels. The transmission is controlled through steering wheel paddles, and it shifts gears in a fraction of a second.

New features for 2020 include a lightweight roof made of carbon fiber, and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. The front fenders are flared to cover 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum wheels with specially-developed Dunlop extreme performance tires. The factory even fills the tires with pure nitrogen to reduce temperature-related pressure changes.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Inside, the 2020 Nissan GT-R is a pure sports car experience, with a thick steering wheel and a dash that offers a wealth of information for the driver.

The GT-R track edition includes unique suspension tuning, and you can change the shock absorber settings from street comfort to track stiff with the touch of a switch in the cabin. Another switch turns the exhaust from street-considerate to free-flowing performance mode. Race-prepped oversize carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option.

Inside, the GT-R is a pure sports car experience. Leather and Alcantara wrap everything you might touch, and the Recaro sport seats are well-bolstered to support your body in hard cornering. Infotainment and controls are managed through a convenient 8-inch touchscreen display on the dash. The GT-R comes with an 11-speaker BOSE audio system that's equal to the task of playing tunes over the roar of the engine.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Recaro sport seats are well-bolstered to support your body in hard cornering.

On the road, the GT-R offers far more performance than you can use if you want to stay out of jail. The steering is precise and responsive, and you always feel that the GT-R is well-planted on the road. A light touch of the throttle allows you to pass any other vehicle. You'll also get memorable responses from other drivers. Thumbs-up and waves are frequent, and you should be ready to talk about the car whenever you park, because people will ask. That's what happens when you drive a supercar.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The trunk of the 2020 Nissan GT-R is can hold enough luggage for weekend trips.

2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Base price: $145,540

Price as tested: $162,235

Type: Sports Coupe

Engine: 3.8-liter Twin-turbo V6 (600 hp, 481 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 6-speed twin clutch automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 16/22

Overall length: 185.4 inches

Curb weight: 3,933 pounds

Final assembly: Los Angeles, California


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