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2020 Nissan GT-R Performance Review

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Performance: 8.9

The 2020 Nissan GT-R delivers captivating performance. Its turbocharged V6 engine and quick-shifting transmission slingshot the GT-R up to speed with unbelievable force, and its standard all-wheel-drive system keeps the car planted through turns. On the other hand, the GT-R gets awful fuel economy, and it can be uncomfortable to drive on rough roads.

  • "From a speed and acceleration standpoint, the GT-R is about as good as it gets, with blindingly fast straight-line performance and tire-melting torque. All this power feels a little less daunting from behind the wheel thanks in large part to the GT-R's sophisticated AWD system, precise steering, and big, strong brakes that are designed to reel the car in with precision and control." -- Autotrader
  • The GT-R has improved over the years, but daily drivability compared to almost any other sports car is merely average." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "On the highway, the GT-R grabs every rut and grooved surface, pulling the car any way but straight. One particularly scary moment happened when the road surface changed in a construction zone and the car darted toward the concrete barrier (no shoulder) giving me uncomfortably little time to pull the steering wheel back to center. Driving this car on the highway is a high-strung experience. And here's the thing: You don't have to live with that kind of noisy, erratic behavior in other sports cars. A Porsche 911 Carrera S can drive nearly as docilely as a family sedan, and while the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT has a firm ride, it's pleasant at highway speeds." -- Cars.com (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The GT-R comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. The base model is rated at 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. The Track Edition and Nismo models generate 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Regardless of setup, all GT-Rs sprint up to speed with an otherworldly vigor. Zero to 60 mph takes about three seconds. The dual-clutch transmission fires off quick and well-timed gear changes, and it enables the GT-R to easily pass slower vehicles with a squeeze of the throttle.

The GT-R gets an EPA-rated 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, one of the worst ratings in the luxury sports car class.

  • "Left to its own devices, the recalibrated transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, though it lacks the situational awareness of Porsche's brilliant PDK, occasionally upshifting if you lift off the throttle momentarily midcorner … there's also now a distinct crispness to the throttle response at higher revs that wasn't there before, allowing much more nuanced adjustment of the car's attitude under power than was previously possible." -- Motor Trend
  • "Thanks to its potent turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive, the Nissan GT-R accelerates with uncommon ferocity." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "In a straight line, the GT-R is a rocket ship, there's [no] other way to describe it. And as fast as it is from a standstill, the GT-R might even be faster at higher-speed maneuvers, like overtaking slower traffic on the highway. Just stab the gas and away you go in a blur of speed and sound." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Handling and Braking

The GT-R’s standard all-wheel-drive system helps the car maintain traction around turns, and a firm suspension keeps it very stable. Braking performance is also excellent, especially with the optional carbon ceramic brakes. However, this taut suspension translates to a rather jittery and sometimes uncomfortable ride on rough pavement.

  • This might sound like the new Nismo has been made into a less focused machine, but the truth is that its predecessor was simply too jarringly stiff for the road -- I'm not sure I have ever driven anything with a firmer ride and a license plate. This new car retains a noticeably firm intensity to the suspension, the edges have just been smoothed off the impacts a fraction and as a result I think it feels like a much better resolved package." -- CNET
  • Pushing the GT-R to its limit is easy thanks to the numerous electronic and mechanical chassis systems designed to keep the car firmly in the driver’s control. These same systems keep the GT-R planted in the tightest of curves, allowing it feats of stability that would see most rear-drive cars fishtailing out of control. However, while you’ll find features like the Brembo brakes and adjustable suspension equally useful in everyday driving, the GT-R is not as comfortable on the street as an Audi R8, a Chevy Corvette or a Porsche 911." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • The steering system is exceptionally precise and responsive, but it doesn't really care for rough or uneven pavement—pronounced road imperfections can sometimes tug at the wheel enough to require a bit of correction by the driver. And even with the suspension set to 'comfort' mode, the ride is rather stiff and clunky on anything but smooth pavement." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
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