The Nissan GT-R has been continuously evolving for over a decade since the R35 generation debuted in 2007. It seems every year comes with a few new tweaks and updates to keep people coming back for more. This year, the tweaks put the NISMO version on a diet and give the track edition more power.
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Despite being the same car as before, Nissan never fails to make these big fast beasts even faster.
Nissan introduced the Track edition of the GT-R in 2016 with adaptive dampers, race-inspired aero, and a stiffer and lighter chassis, but it was saddled with the "base" GT-R's 562 horsepower. This year the track edition will be included with the NISMO powerplant, good for 600 horses. There is also a new optional carbon fiber roof and new optional carbon ceramic brakes (in 16.1 "front and 15.3" rear sizes !!!) to decrease weight and few more pounds, though Nissan does not specify how much.
The GT-R NISMO, shown here in the glorious rain photos, does not get any additional horsepower, sticking with that same 600. The engine does get a pair of newly designed turbochargers straight from the GT-R GT3 race car which are intended to spool quicker, but provide the same level of boost.
The track edition is intended to be lightweight, the NISMO takes that ethos to the next level with carbon bumpers, fenders, robbery, hood, rocker covers, trunk member, and wing. In all, the new carbon reduces the weight of the NISMO at 23 pounds. Additional pieces within the car have been reduced in weight by another 44 pounds for a total of 67 pound weight removal over the 2019 version.
The new RAYS aluminum wheels are part of that weight loss package, as they are said to be stiffer and lighter than before. These wheels hold a new Dunlop tire for the NISMO, which has an 11% increased contact patch thanks to fewer and wider blocks and an overall wider tire.