2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO goes on a carbon fiber diet

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2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO goes on a carbon fiber diet

The Nissan GT-R is now entering its middle-age years, and like any superstar it needs a little bit of plastic surgery to keep its look, and performance, fresh.

Ahead of its formal debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO roared into the Big Apple on Tuesday.

With more carbon fiber, less weight, and a new turbocharger, the 2020 GT-R NISMO is meaner, lighter, and ready to attack the street or track.


The 50th anniversary edition will be offered in three special two-tone exterior colors and a special gray interior. It also gets a special steering wheel, embossed seats and other interior features.

The 50th anniversary edition of the Nissan GT-R is making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. (Photo: Nissan)

The GT-R is part of Nissan's DNA. Nissan's new North American chairman, José Luis Valls, said Tuesday that his job interview with the company included a drive of the GT-R.

Nissan also revealed a 50th anniversary edition of the Nissan 370Z on Tuesday. The 2020 model-year two-seat coupe gets 332 horsepower from its 3.7-liter, 6-cylinder engine. Pricing was not released, but the 2019 model started at about $30,000.

While the 50th anniversary editions of the Nissan GT-R and Nissan 370-Z are bound to generate buzz, the chassis and body styles of each car haven’t changed much. In fact, neither vehicle has gotten a total redesign since 2009.

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