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.
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.
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.
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.
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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