Once upon a time, the Nissan GT-R was quite a bargain. As it’s aged, however, it’s also gotten more expensive, a point proved not just by the £93k 50th Anniversary car but also the 2020 version of the GT-R Nismo, which Nissan has just revealed to cost upwards of £174,995 in the UK. In the US meanwhile, it’s $212,435.
This is rather a lot, considering it’s just £10,000 shy of the sensational McLaren 600LT, and around £14,000 shy of Mercedes-AMG’s own GT R in ultra-focused ‘Pro’ trim. Is the old dog really worth it?
Well, it has learned some new tricks. The turbochargers, for instance, are lifted from the GT3 racing version. The gearbox has been improved, the weight has dropped, the brakes are better and there have been various aero tweaks. The final piece of the puzzle is a new set of Dunlop tyres. All of this works together to slash the GT-R Nismo’s lap time at Nissan’s development circuit by 2.5 seconds.
The development of the car was done using a ‘kaizen’ mindset, which Nissan says is the “constant need to evolve and fine-tune”.
If this bewinged chunk of kaizen is just a little too much for you, however, there’s always the GT-R Track Edition to consider. It’s substantially less at £99,995, although it’ll be easy to inflate that figure with options including carbon ceramic brakes (£7500) and various carbonfibre components including seats (£6750), roof (£3000) and a spoiler/boot lid combo (£4500).
What will it be for you: the Track Edition, the Nismo, or another circuit-friendly supercar?