Nissan didn't give fans a new GT-R or a new Z at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Instead, Nissan celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the models with special-edition packages and with the unveiling of the upgraded 2020 GT-R Nismo. The changes aren't massive, but Nissan claims the adjustments come together to make a noticeable difference.
The GT-R has gone through change after change after change after change. After more than a decade of continuous improvements, the gained knowledge has resulted in the GT3-inspired 2020 Nismo. The goal for the 2020 GT-R Nismo was to better blend road comfort and usability with the ultimate performance needed for the track.
Nissan recently celebrated its motorsports successes over the years by hosting the annual Nismo Festival presented by Motul at Fuji Motor Speedway in Japan.
This year’s Nismo Festival featured famous Nissan drivers, such as GT Academy winner Jan Mardenborough, along with iconic racing cars from the Nissan racing division’s past. These included Group C cars, Super GT cars, touring cars and even some rally cars. The majority of the vehicles that participated in the event came from Nissan’s Zama Heritage Center in Japan, which is home to legendary racecars such as the Nissan R90C and many of the automaker’s road cars as well. Nissan says the Zama Heritage Center houses around 400 vehicles.
Nissan Australia says it’s keen to expand the range of Nismo performance models offered, which could mean sporty versions of its SUV lineup in the near-future.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch for the 2018 Qashqai, Nissan Australia CEO, Stephen Lester, said the local division is keen to increase its number of Nismo-branded offerings considering our market’s strong take-up of performance vehicles.
A little over a month after premiering at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese sales of the Nissan Serena Nismo have commenced.
Priced from 3,419,280 yen ($30,397), the minivan receives a host of modifications that give it that characteristic Nismo flare and is sure to be popular among Japanese enthusiasts who often love to turn heads with their rides.