2020 Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid Get Refined Redesign

Active safety and enhanced efficiency help Highlander stand out.

The arms race in the three-row crossover segment is showing no signs of cooling down, with redesigned vehicles on the way from established players like Ford as well as new entries from Hyundai and Kia. But if the idea of a rear-drive-based platform has you worried, or you’d prefer a vehicle from an established purveyor of big, high-riding family haulers, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is here.

Debuting at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the fourth-generation Toyota Highlander is like an amalgamation of everything we’ve seen from the Japanese giant over the past few years.

The platform underpinning it is yet another member of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) family called TNGA-K. The Highlander shares the basics of this modular platform with everything from the baby Corolla compact sedan to the recently redesigned RAV4, Camry, and Avalon. Toyota engineered the platform to accommodate both the same twin powertrain setup as the current car, meaning this latest Highlander will continue to offer drivers the choice between a naturally aspirated V6 or a gas-electric hybrid. That said, the Highlander isn’t making the jump to plug-in electrification just yet.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Nothing too surprising about that or the available 5,000-pound tow rating, as all the numbers match the 2019 Highlander.

Going for the Highlander Hybrid results in a familiar pairing… for a Camry or Avalon. While the outgoing Highlander Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors, the 2020 model drops down to a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder, reducing total system output from 306 hp to just 240 hp. The upside is improved efficiency, although the 2020 model’s 17 percent increase in fuel economy (from 28 miles per gallon combined to 34 combined) can’t outweigh the 22 percent drop in horsepower. That said, Toyota has figured out how to offer the Highlander Hybrid with either front- or all-wheel drive, rather than just all-wheel drive. That should at least drive the electrified CUV’s price down a smidge.

Those powertrain tweaks hide beneath a revised body that softens the aggressive lines of the RAV4 and adds more of the cleaner styling from the Avalon. That said, the overall look is far more evolutionary than other recent Toyota redesigns. While designers thankfully did away with the razor-blade style grille, if you don’t like the look of the current Highlander, you probably won’t be crazy about the design of the new one. Ditto on the interior, which hews even more closely to the current crossover’s design, although we’re happier with that decision – the current Highlander’s cabin is plenty nice.

One big change for the cabin, though, is the expanded infotainment screen. Now with 12.3 inches of real estate, Toyota says the optional multimedia system is the biggest in the segment. That said, it’s only available on the range-topping Platinum trim. Customers of lesser models will have to get by with a still-adequate eight-inch display. While the bigger display isn’t standard, the Highlander follows the trend set by other new Toyota products and adds a comprehensive active safety suite as standard.

The new Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system replaces the outgoing model’s Toyota Safety Sense P. While retaining the TSS-P suite (lane departure warning with steering assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams), it adds road sign recognition and lane keeping assist. As with Toyota’s other new products, the Highlander’s active safety gear comes standard regardless of trim.

Toyota will offer the Highlander in five trims for the gas-powered model (L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum) and four trims for the Hybrid variant (LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum). That said, the company hasn’t announced pricing yet. Sales of the V6 will begin in December 2019, with the Highlander Hybrid arriving in dealers in February 2020.

For more on the 2020 Toyota Highlander, check out how it stacks up against the competition. And for more from the 2019 New York International Auto Show, visit our hub for all the latest.

2020 Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid Gets Refined Redesign

Active safety and enhanced efficiency help Highlander stand out.

The arms race in the three-row crossover segment is showing no signs of cooling down, with redesigned vehicles on the way from established players like Ford as well as new entries from Hyundai and Kia. But if the idea of a rear-drive-based platform has you worried, or you’d prefer a vehicle from an established purveyor of big, high-riding family haulers, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is here.

Debuting at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the fourth-generation Toyota Highlander is like an amalgamation of everything we’ve seen from the Japanese giant over the past few years.

The platform underpinning it is yet another member of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) family called TNGA-K. The Highlander shares the basics of this modular platform with everything from the baby Corolla compact sedan to the recently redesigned RAV4, Camry, and Avalon. Toyota engineered the platform to accommodate both the same twin powertrain setup as the current car, meaning this latest Highlander will continue to offer drivers the choice between a naturally aspirated V6 or a gas-electric hybrid. That said, the Highlander isn’t making the jump to plug-in electrification just yet.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Nothing too surprising about that or the available 5,000-pound tow rating, as all the numbers match the 2019 Highlander.

Going for the Highlander Hybrid results in a familiar pairing… for a Camry or Avalon. While the outgoing Highlander Hybrid features a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of electric motors, the 2020 model drops down to a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder, reducing total system output from 306 hp to just 240 hp. The upside is improved efficiency, although the 2020 model’s 17 percent increase in fuel economy (from 28 miles per gallon combined to 34 combined) can’t outweigh the 22 percent drop in horsepower. That said, Toyota has figured out how to offer the Highlander Hybrid with either front- or all-wheel drive, rather than just all-wheel drive. That should at least drive the electrified CUV’s price down a smidge.

Those powertrain tweaks hide beneath a revised body that softens the aggressive lines of the RAV4 and adds more of the cleaner styling from the Avalon. That said, the overall look is far more evolutionary than other recent Toyota redesigns. While designers thankfully did away with the razor-blade style grille, if you don’t like the look of the current Highlander, you probably won’t be crazy about the design of the new one. Ditto on the interior, which hews even more closely to the current crossover’s design, although we’re happier with that decision – the current Highlander’s cabin is plenty nice.

One big change for the cabin, though, is the expanded infotainment screen. Now with 12.3 inches of real estate, Toyota says the optional multimedia system is the biggest in the segment. That said, it’s only available on the range-topping Platinum trim. Customers of lesser models will have to get by with a still-adequate eight-inch display. While the bigger display isn’t standard, the Highlander follows the trend set by other new Toyota products and adds a comprehensive active safety suite as standard.

The new Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system replaces the outgoing model’s Toyota Safety Sense P. While retaining the TSS-P suite (lane departure warning with steering assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams), it adds road sign recognition and lane keeping assist. As with Toyota’s other new products, the Highlander’s active safety gear comes standard regardless of trim.

Toyota will offer the Highlander in five trims for the gas-powered model (L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum) and four trims for the Hybrid variant (LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum). That said, the company hasn’t announced pricing yet. Sales of the V6 will begin in December 2019, with the Highlander Hybrid arriving in dealers in February 2020.

For more on the 2020 Toyota Highlander, check out how it stacks up against the competition. And for more from the 2019 New York International Auto Show, visit our hub for all the latest.

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Races Into New York With 502 HP

The timeless Speedster shape looks better than ever.

It’s been nine long years since we had a Porsche 911 Speedster to drool over, but the wait was worth it. Stuttgart’s finest pulled the covers off the 2019 911 Speedster this evening ahead of its premiere at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and well, just look at it.

As you can see, the reborn speedster isn’t based on the latest 911. We knew it wouldn’t be, and that’s okay with us because underneath the smooth shape exists the bones and heart of the 911 GT3. The chassis is derived from the hardcore 911 and features specifically calibrated rear steering with dynamic engine mounts. The 4.0-liter flat-six spins to 9,000 rpm, generating 502 horsepower (374 kilowatts) with help from enhanced individual throttle bodies for improved throttle response. Perhaps best of all, the only transmission option is an old school three-pedal arrangement and a manually operated lever to navigate the six-speed gearbox.

The Speedster also benefits from a weight reduction. For starters, raising and lowering the fabric soft top is a hands-on, manual affair – only the latches holding it up are electrically operated. The front fenders and boot lid are carbon fiber, as is the rear deck. Both fascias are polyurethane, and behind the 20-inch center-lock wheels are ceramic composite brakes, which Porsche says is half the weight of a standard cast iron arrangement. Aside from the hands-on joy of shifting gears, the six-speed manual saves nine pounds over the seven-speed, and 40 pounds over the dual clutch box. Porsche even nixes air conditioning, though buyers can add it back if they really want.

The result is a seriously fast, undeniably sexy Porsche that weighs 3,230 pounds and can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is 192, but even sitting still the Speedster looks like it’s slicing through the air. The perspective inside the car is pleasing as well, with the requisite red contrast stitching and Speedster-embossed headrests. Porsche will even sell Speedster owners a cool matching watch.

Pricing isn’t revealed for the Speedster, but it wouldn’t be cheap even if Porsche planned to build more than 1,948 models. The order banks for this special supercar open in May, with deliveries expected by the end of the year.

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Genesis Mint Concept Is A Tasty Two-Seater Electric City Car

It’s billed as an exhilarating city car with a minimalist approach to luxury.

We knew an electric concept from Genesis was coming to New York, but a compact city car isn’t what we were expecting. In fact, the teasers leading up to this reveal seemed more interested in talking about the location – in this case, Hudson Yards – than the vehicle itself. We’ll assume that was an intentional misdirection, because this quirky little car called the Mint Concept is certainly a departure from what we’ve seen previously at Genesis.

In short, this suave two-seater is designed to be easy to maneuver around town while also being exciting to drive. Genesis doesn’t offer details when it comes to power or performance, but we are told the concept offers an estimated range of 200 miles with 350KW fast-charging capability. That should be plenty for shopping trips around town, and even for jaunts in the country where presumably, the car’s fun-to-drive aspect can be explored further.

With the Mint being a small car, Genesis designers exercised a minimalist approach to the interior in the name of creating maximum space. There is no center stack or large infotainment screen – the oblong steering wheel incorporates a small touchscreen and is flanked by a series of large buttons for quick access to key systems, one of which appears to be a telephone. The warm colors and glass roof creates a very open feel, though judging by the complete lack of bolstering in the seats we’re scratching our heads as to how much fun this car would be around corners. Still, it doesn’t seem to be hurting for space, and the weird reverse-scissor rear doors in place of a trunk or hatch are interesting. Genesis says this provides easier access to the parcel shelf behind the seats.

“As a brand, Genesis embraces progressive design values, and the Mint Concept reinforces this commitment from a previously undiscovered perspective,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, executive vice president and the global head of Genesis. “Mint belongs in the city, and we are proud to introduce our evolution of the ideal city car in New York.”

You can see the Mint Genesis Concept at the 2019 New York Auto Show,

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SMALL CAR, BIG APPLE:GENESIS REVEALS MINT CONCEPT

  • The Mint Concept introduces the new typology of the premium city car as an accessory for the modern, urban lifestyle
  • Reductive, decluttered interior design features innovative digital UX
  • Represents a global design effort among Genesis design studios in Europe, Asia, and North America

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 16, 2019—Today, Genesis revealed the Mint Concept at Hudson Yards, ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Mint Concept introduces the all-electric, luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.

“As a brand, Genesis embraces progressive design values, and the Mint Concept reinforces this commitment from a previously undiscovered perspective,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “Mint belongs in the city, and we are proud to introduce our evolution of the ideal city car in New York.”

The Electric Luxury City Car: A New Vehicle Typology

The Mint Conceptrespects city life and the challenges it dispatches on a regular basis. The lightweight runabout reimagines the iconic shape of the city car, tailored to the needs of modern lifestyle. Mint is both highly maneuverable and exhilarating to drive.

“The Mint Conceptdisconnects the physical dimensions of the vehicle from its positioning as a premium product, calquing the city car of the past to today,” said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “The Mint Conceptis a designer’s Occam’s razor that challenged us to visualize a scaled-down interpretation of our signature aesthetic.”

The Mint Concept represents a holistic collaboration among Genesis design studios

located around the world, led by Genesis Global Advanced Design in Germany, Genesis Design Team in the U.S.,and the Namyang Design Center in South Korea.

Styled for the City

Inside and out, the Mint Conceptposits an expanded definition of Genesis brand design cues adapted for a two-door, two-passenger city car with a reduced footprint. Finished in Hunter Green matte paint, the Mint Conceptbeautifully stretches a three-box design to the corners with extremely short front and rear overhangs.

“The Mint Conceptis a new urban icon that marries classic proportions with forward-looking, minimalist design,” Donckerwolkesaid. “The Mint Conceptinstantly finds purpose and meaning in the city, just as so many people who call the world’s most densely populated metropolises home.”

The Genesis design hallmarks are evolved and designed specifically for the Mint Concept. Quad Lamps in front and back stretch to the corners, to enhance the feeling of presence and stance, with their respective top light elements connecting to form wraparound light bands. The Crest Grille appears as a closed sculptural element with a slight opening for the reduced cooling requirements of the battery pack. The signature Parabolic Line wraps around the body of the Mint Concept, with a sweeping uptick toward the concave rear. The overall motif skews to the sportier side of Athletic Elegance.

The G-Matrix pattern serves a functional purpose on the lower half of the vehicle, used for efficient cooling and airflow circulation around the battery floor;it is also the basis for the Mint Concept’s aerodynamic wheel design.

In lieu of a conventional trunk with a rear hatch, the Mint Concept features a generous parcel shelf designed for occasional use. Access to the rear compartment is provided by scissor-style side openings engineered with a low load-in point to allow for easy stowage and retrieval. The interior of the Mint Concept offers ample space to stash temporary items that are essential for day-to-day life, with focus on portability and accessibility. The rear-mounted and centered charge port facilitates connections to Genesis charging stations.

Reductive Versatility

Like a carefully furnished city dwelling constrained by space requirements, the Mint Concept takess advantage of every cubic inch of its interior. The cozy space for two is made to feel expansive, through the use of lightweight textiles, cognac leather,and mullion-free windows.

“The interior styling of the Mint Concept takes influence from the Korean tradition of embracing the empty space, as well as modern European furniture design,” Donckerwolkesaid.

The G-Matrix pattern features prominently as the defining element of the interior, both in the thin, gunmetalbalustrade that runs across the width of the passenger compartment and in the repeating pattern for the floor and cargo area. The center console, which houses a central control knob, can be folded, turning the floating front bench into a settee. Ingress and egress are made easier, thanks to the automatic swiveling capability of the instrument panel and the benchseat.

The oblong steering wheel is surrounded by six copper Graphic User Interface (GUI) information screens that call attention to critical vehicle functions individually. A seventh screen mounted flush in the steering wheel displays primary vehicle information while allowing the driver to maintain focus on the road ahead.

The versatility of the Mint Concept extends to the design and engineering of its high-density, battery-electric powertrain, which is capable of an estimated 200 miles per full charge and 350-KW fast recharging.

2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition Brings Back Bayside Blue

Nissan also has an upgraded GT-R Nismo for the New York Auto Show.

Nissan is keen to celebrate its performance heritage this year. We’ve already seen the 350Z 50th Anniversary Edition, which pays homage to the original 240Z that appeared in New York 50 years ago. It wasn’t the only Japanese performance machine to enter the scene back then, though admittedly, the first Skyline GT-R was exclusive to Japan so it didn’t have quite the same worldwide impact. Never the less, the infamous GT-R moniker is 50 years old, and Nissan is celebrating with a 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R.

As with the 370Z, the anniversary treatment is just an appearance package for the GT-R. The exterior gets a two-tone treatment with a bold over-the-top stripe designed to pay homage to classic GT-R racing liveries. Three color combinations are available, including white with red stripes, silver with white stripes, and perhaps the coolest news for GT-R fans – the return of Bayside Blue.

That bright shade of blue became nearly as iconic as the R34 Skyline GT-R on which it was last seen, and for the 50th Anniversary Edition, it will be paired with a white stripe. Blue accents on the wheel spokes also help set the model apart, and for those who know nothing about the GT-R, 50th Anniversary script and badging will adorn the exterior as well. Inside, the special model gets a gray color scheme with a unique steering wheel, shift knob, embossed seats, and Alcantara for the headliner and sun visors.

The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition might be an appearance package, but Nissan does have some minor performance updates for the full 2020 GT-R line. Horsepower holds steady at 565 for standard models, and 600 in the Track Edition and GT-R Nismo, but the 3.8-liter V6 gains new turbochargers for better low-end response and a five percent increase in engine efficiency. The car’s track-focused R mode is also retuned to provide more aggressive downshifts, and the suspension is tweaked for better stability in the corners as well as a better overall ride. Lastly, a new titanium muffler with burnished blue exhaust tips directs noise at the back.

Those seeking a bit more performance can turn to the GT-R Nismo, which also gains some minor updates for 2020. A thorough dose of carbon fiber is found in the bumpers, fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk, and the rear spoiler, all of which cuts weight by 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms). It may not sound like much, but the carbon fiber infusion works with other component upgrades which knock an additional 44 lbs (20 kg) from the GT-R’s mass.

The Nismo gets the aforementioned mechanical tweaks, but it also benefits from upgraded brakes. Carbon ceramic Brembo rotors grow to 16.1 inch-diameter units in front and 15.3 inches at the rear. The changes are said to reduce unsprung weight while also improving durability and overall stopping performance. And yes, if you want a GT-R Nismo in the 50th Anniversary Edition trim, you can get it. For that matter, the anniversary treatment is available on Premium and Track models as well.

Nissan hasn’t yet released pricing or availability for the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, or the updated 2020 GT-R models.

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Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition debuts in New York

Nissan draws on 50 years of GT-R racing history to perfect
the ultimate performance machine

NEW YORK. (April 16, 2019) – Few vehicles in the world can be instantly identified by just three letters. But to motoring enthusiasts everywhere, “GT-R” has become synonymous with excitement, high performance and unparalleled refinement.

Making its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition takes the nameplate to a level that was unimaginable when it was first introduced 50 years ago. To celebrate the half-century of the GT-R, engineers challenged themselves to find undiscovered performance potential while still making sure the car can be enjoyed by drivers at any level.

“A GT-R is about total balance management,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. “It is not about chasing a power figures, but creating a new GT-R, where no aspect has been overlooked. This is appropriate to celebrate the GT-R 50th anniversary.”

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 2020 Nissan GT-R will come in three trim levels in most markets: GT-R Premium, GT-R Track Edition and GT-R NISMO. In select regions, there will also be the Pure, Prestige and Black models, but it is the 50th Anniversary Edition that truly celebrates the GT-R’s rich heritage.

The special edition car will come in three heritage-era, two-tone exterior color combinations meant to represent the GT-R’s liveries from the Japan GP series – of which the original GT-R was born to dominate in. Retired since the GT-R “R34” model, Bayside (Wangan) Blue makes a return, complete with white racing stripes. A four-coat, double-heat treatment process ensures a vivid blue with striking highlights and deep shadows. Blue accents on the wheel spokes are among several fine touches made to celebrate the GT-R’s milestone. Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes round out the 50th Anniversary liveries.

Inside the 50th Anniversary Edition is a special gray interior color scheme, which gives the cabin a sense of luxury, reminiscent of the atmosphere of the night sky after the twilight hour (the color is also available on select other 2020 GT-R models). Additional 50th anniversary features include unique steering wheel and shift knob trim, special embossed seats, an Alcantara® headliner with unique stitching, Alcantara®-wrapped sunvisors, and more.

“The Nissan GT-R has been the icon of our company’s driving performance for the past half century,” said Shinichiro Irie, program design director for the GT-R. “We were highly motivated to ensure that the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition stands out. While the exterior and interior changes may seem subtle at first glance, they’re still impactful, especially with the new paint schemes, keeping the car’s lines and overall presence modern and edgy.”

Upgraded performance, born from racing

 

While many believed that the refinement and performance of the GT-R’s 565-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – were so high that there was no room for improvement, the car’s engineers had a few tricks up their sleeves. Among them was incorporating new turbochargers, which help increase the engine’s low rpm response due to an abradable seal, providing tighter clearances and a 5% increase in efficiency. Overall, they provide even sharper engine response in and out of corners, making the driving experience more rewarding and richer than ever before. The exhaust manifolds, inspired by racing technology, have optimized turbo flange attachment points, which allow for easier servicing and potential tuning, without touching the exhaust manifold.

GT-R features a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with a refined “R mode,” made for both road and track. It features more aggressive downshifts to better anticipate swift cornering exits, with gear selection happening during ABS engagement, resulting in reduced understeer and a more driver-intuitive feeling. The adaptive shift control is programmed to change shift schedules to fit the user’s driving style, making it possible to drive according to the law on public roads, with full brute force available on the race track, without needing to manually change shift modes (in A mode/R mode).

The GT-R’s signature exhaust note is the product of a new titanium muffler, featuring titanium finishers with burnished blue tips.

The electronically controlled suspension has been tuned to provide better cornering stability and a smoother ride. The steering is more linear and precise than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186.4 mph (300 kph). A new brake booster increases the initial braking response by engaging with less pedal stroke, resulting in enhanced stopping power and feel.

 

A cabin worthy of GT-R

 

The GT-R’s cabin represents the ideal blend of luxury and sport. The distinct driver-oriented cockpit has comfortable yet supportive seats for both front and rear passengers. The dashboard is designed to convey a “horizontal flow,” delivering a sense of high stability for front seat occupants. It comes wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather, artfully stitched with takumi-style precision. The center dashboard integrates navigation and audio controls and an 8-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor. The large icons on the display screen inform the driving experience without distracting from it.

Mounted to the sporty steering wheel are shift paddles that allow drivers to change gears in mid-turn without taking their hands off the wheel.

All 2020 Nissan GT-Rs come with the NissanConnectSM integrated audio, navigation and communication system in select markets. It allows users to remotely lock or unlock the doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car’s whereabouts using smartphone apps.

A revised 2020 GT-R Track Edition

 

For those inclined to take their GT-R to a race circuit, Nissan offers the revised and very potent 2020 Track Edition, which comes with an optional carbon fiber roof that sports a clean, tight weave made possible by a new construction process.

The engine (for U.S. models) is borrowed from the famed GT-R NISMO, with newly redesigned turbochargers from the latest GT3 series GT-R race car. This results in a 20% increase in pedal-down acceleration reaction time and 600 horsepower.

Optional on the Track Edition are special Brembo carbon ceramic rotors and calipers. Made of carbon and silica carbide, the rotors – 16.1 inches (410 mm) front and 15.3 inches (390 mm) rear – are nearly as hard as diamonds. Paired with the performance brake pads, they generate more friction, which translates into better feel and control in all types of braking situations.

“With the 2020 GT-R, we kept to the car’s concept – pursuing ultimate driving pleasure,” said Tamura. “Once you take hold of the steering wheel, you will immediately know that no other car in the world delivers as much satisfaction to the driver, both physically and spiritually.”

2020 GT-R specifications (U.S. spec)

Premium

Track Edition

Engine

VR38DETT, V6 Twin-Turbo charged DOHC

Displacement

3.8L

Horsepower

565 hp

600 hp

Torque

467 lb-ft /3300-5800 rpm

481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm

Overall length

185.4 in. / 4710 mm

Overall width

74.6 in. / 1895 mm

Overall height

53.9 in. / 1370 mm

Wheelbase

109.4 in. / 2780 mm

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO strengthens grip on speed

Racing-inspired upgrades make ultimate performance
available to select drivers

NEW YORK (April 16, 2019) – The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut today, with race car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that maximize its exhilarating performance.

The model was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition as Nissan celebrated 50 years of GT-R heritage at the New York International Auto Show.

“The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. “Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R, and the new NISMO’s performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the race track – but is also at home on the open road.”

Designed for a pro, built for everyone

 

For the 2020 GT-R NISMO, Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control and predictability were critical in achieving this; thus, they adopted the theme “absolute street and track performance” when developing the car.

Setting the most potent and exclusive of all GT-Rs apart from the rest of the pack is the amount of carbon fiber found throughout the car, including the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler. Each component has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce and enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), in addition to nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R. Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce onto the front tires, without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body, with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, promoting high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fiber roof a lightweight, tight weave.

The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are lighter than before and incorporate a nine-spoke design that enhances their rigidity. Newly designed Dunlop tires, with a wider tread and fewer grooves, increase the contact patch by 11%. This results in higher cornering force, enhanced steering response and improved rolling resistance when compared with the previous model.

Inside the cabin, exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats are designed to focus on holding the shoulder blades and lower body points, giving the driver a better sense of car and body as one.

Transcending perfection

 

Few cars possess the GT-R’s driving performance. For the 2020 model, the engineers sought to improve what was essentially already mechanical perfection, “making small tweaks to squeeze out as much as possible from the engine and chassis,” according to Tamura.

Nissan’s 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – remains the heart of the GT-R’s drivetrain. The GT-R NISMO features an exclusive turbocharger design – direct from the GT-R GT3 race car – with a modified turbine shape and fewer blades. This optimizes the flow rate and enhances the acceleration response by 20%, without a loss of horsepower.

The car’s revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined “R mode” that not only shifts faster but also optimizes gear selection, especially when exiting corners. This enhances the feeling of acceleration and deceleration on both road and track. The adaptive shift control has also been programmed to adapt shift schedules to the user’s driving style. This makes it possible to drive in a law-abiding way on public roads and in a highly spirited fashion on a race track, without manually changing modes (in A mode / R mode).

The car’s exhaust note is the product of a revised titanium exhaust with handcrafted burnished blue tips.

When it comes to handling, the 2020 GT-R NISMO has few equals. Its updated suspension tuning improves cornering stability, with enhanced yaw rate response and smoother ride quality. The steering features better linearity and precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 kph).

The absolute performance theme is also fittingly reflected by the addition of a carbon ceramic brake system. The combination of the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors — enlarged to 16.1 inches (410 mm) up front and 15.3 (390 mm) at the rear — and Brembo calipers significantly improve reaction time, durability and overall stopping performance. At the same time, their lightweight nature decreases the unsprung weight on each wheel, allowing the car to trace the intended driving line in a highly precise manner. The carbon and silica carbide structure of the rotors is nearly as hard as diamonds. When paired with the new material of the brake pads, they generate more friction for an enhanced controlled feeling in all types of braking situations. The new materials also help decrease braking footwork by shortening the brake pedal stroke. The newly developed high-rigidity calipers are dipped in bright yellow paint that can resist temperatures of more than 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius).

“We have built the 2020 GT-R NISMO for our customers to be the ultimate track and street vehicle,” Tamura said. “It is about total balance management, not just chasing power figures. The new NISMO has been brought to a new level, with enhanced engine, handling, braking and aerodynamics.”

2020 GT-R NISMO specifications (U.S. spec)

Engine

VR38DETT, V6 twin-turbo charged DOHC

Displacement

3.8L

Horsepower

600 hp

Torque

481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm

Overall length

184.6 in. / 4690 mm

Overall width

74.6 in. / 1895 mm

Overall height

53.9 in. / 1370 mm

Wheelbase

109.4 in. / 2780 mm