Although it’s been updated yet again, the Nissan GT-R is basically still the same R35-generation coupe that began hitting dealer lots 15 years ago and quickly earned the nickname “Godzilla.” This year sees the return of the mid-tier T-Spec model, which slots between the Premium and full-blown Nismo versions. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 engine still makes 600 horsepower under the hood of Nismo units, while Premium and T-Spec models see a tamer yet still potent 565 ponies. The usual performance bits are still present, too, including e-adjustable Bilstein dampers and Brembo brakes with carbon-ceramic setups for the performance-focused variants. The same dual-clutch automatic transmission and grippy all-wheel drive system are present, and they work together to provide the blistering acceleration that the GT-R has come to be known for. We’re not sure how much longer this generation of the iconic nameplate will remain in production, and those who decide to buy a new one will surely appreciate the still-monstrous capability of Godzilla.
What’s New for 2024?
Nissan managed to increase downforce without increasing the drag coefficient by massaging the front and rear ends, including a thinner grille and reshaped spoilers. A new swan neck-style spoiler—something the Porsche 911 GT3 also uses—has been added to the Nismo model. Nissan also says a new Stealth Gray color option has also been added to the Nismo color palette, though this color was offered on 2022 Nismo Special Edition models. The reintroduced T-Spec model also brings back the iconic Midnight Purple and Millennium Jade heritage colors.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Somehow Nissan charges six figures for a car that cost less than that when it debuted a decade ago—and hasn’t changed much since. Still, those seeking permanent seat time in the mightiest car to carry the GT-R badge probably aren’t too worried about price. While the ultimate version is the NISMO, it’s nearly twice as much as the Premium model and costs more than the exotic McLaren 570 and Porsche 911 Turbo S. In light of this, we’d suggest the less expensive GT-R T-Spec, which pushes the performance envelope but keeps the price point well below exotic rivals.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2023 GT-R’s standard twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 makes a mighty 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. It hooks up to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive that conspire to put all that power to the pavement. At our test track, the GT-R launched itself from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. The GT-R’s quick steering, rigid structure, and adjustable suspension can make even amateurs feel positively heroic from behind the wheel. Want more? Check out the Track Edition and NISMO models with a tuned-up engine that makes 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. (Insider tip: sources tell us that the NISMO actually makes considerably more than 600 horsepower, but Nissan didn’t want to rate it higher, possibly for reasons having to do with its homologation for the Japanese market.) As in past years, the ride is firm but not punishing and, thanks to active sound cancellation, the thrum of the GT-R’s engine doesn’t punish your ear drums when cruising on the highway.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
EPA estimates for the 2024 have yet to be released. For reference, the government estimated that every 2023 GT-R will earn 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. However, we don’t know its real-world mpg since we haven’t tested one on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route. For more information about the GT-R’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the GT-R’s front seats are plenty roomy but the rear seats are places only small children could find comfortable. The interior is nicely appointed and offers a host of standard features, but those seeking a high-end interior such as those of the Audi R8 or the Mercedes-AMG GT will be disappointed. Every model features a dual-zone climate control, leather-and-suede-covered upholstery, heated front seats, and more. Interior cubby storage is scarce with nothing more than large door pockets and a small center-console bin.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 2023 GT-R is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen that can also be controlled with a rotary knob on the center console. While Apple CarPlay capability, built-in navigation, and a Bose 11-speaker audio system are standard, Android Auto is not an option. Its infotainment system is easy enough to use even if its graphics and menus are not the most attractive. There’s also a customizable data display with readouts of various metrics, such as coolant and oil temperatures, g-forces, boost pressure, and more engine parameters.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
You won’t find any of Nissan’s driver-assistance features here, but to be fair, those types of electronics aren’t commonplace in most of the GT-R’s rivals, either. For more information about the GT-R’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Complimentary scheduled maintenance might not mean much to someone who can afford any GT-R, but some rivals offer it while Nissan doesn’t. Its limited warranty period is also shorter than most rivals that offer four years or 50,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
232 cu in, 3799 cc
600 hp @ 6800 rpm
481 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 109.4 in
Length: 184.6 in
Width: 74.6 in
Height: 53.9 in
Passenger volume: 79 cu ft
Trunk volume: 9 cu ft
Curb weight: 3850 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 3.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 6.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 11.2 sec
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 18/16/22 mpg