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Steane Klose | Jan 8, 2009

Well rev-heads, it is finally official, with Nissan Motor Co. Ltd today announcing a new limited-production Nissan GT-R Spec V model. The new Spec V will go on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan next month.

To use Nissan’s words, “The GT-R Spec V is targeted at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle”. Sounds promising doesn’t it...?

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We’ve covered the Spec V oh-so many times before, but let’s have another look at the ‘official’ extras that the Spec V GT-R will feature.

  • Carbon fibre rear spoiler
  • Carbon fibre grille
  • Carbon fibre brake ducts
  • It is available in Japan exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body colour
  • Unique two-seat interior
  • Recaro carbon fibre bucket seats
  • Carbon fibre insets for the rear centre storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas
  • High gear boost control device (momentarily increases boost for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges)
  • Titanium-coated exhaust system
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
  • Lightweight, racing-style forged aluminium wheels that were developed by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO)

So there you have it. In true V-Spec (now Spec V) tradition, there are no engine modifications of any great note (boost control aside) and the Spec V, according to Nissan, relies on the combination of “lighter unsprung weight provided by the new wheels, enhanced braking capability, exclusive suspension and high-grip tyres to deliver the Spec V’s exceptional performance”.

R35_GTR_SpecV

Recommended retail price in Japan is 15,750,000 yen or a whopping AUD 241,435. The only number that really interests us, is the all important (apparently) Nurburgring lap time. Has this Nissan whipped some ZR1 Corvette butt? Has it creamed the Porsche GT2 properly?

The GT-R Spec V goes on sale in Japan in early April. There are no current plans for the Spec V to find its way to the showrooms of Australia’s Nissan dealers, although Nissan's new flagship might eventually find its way to the USA and some parts of Europe.

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TOKYO (Jan. 8, 2009) -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a new limited-production Nissan GT-R SpecV model, which goes on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan on February 2, 2009. The GT-R SpecV is targeted specifically at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle.

NISSAN GT-R SpecV

Developed around the multi-dimensional Nissan GT-R sports car, which was introduced just more than one year ago to universal global acclaim, the new SpecV model builds on the original's "ultimate supercar that anyone can enjoy driving anywhere, at anytime" philosophy - taking it to an entirely new level of "oneness between man and machine." The SpecV model includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the GT-R's unmatched performance to even higher levels.

The GT-R SpecV's new exterior features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber grille, and carbon fiber brake ducts. The SpecV is available exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body color. Inside, the SpecV's unique two-seat interior (non-SpecV GT-R models also include a two-place rear seat) offers special Recaro carbon fiber bucket seats, while carbon fiber insets embellish the rear center storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas.

Performance is enhanced with a new high gear boost control device, which momentarily increases boost of the engine's twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide a more powerful feeling of acceleration, while also allowing the engine to operate at a lower speed for improved fuel economy. Other modifications include a titanium-coated exhaust system and carbon-ceramic brakes that provide powerful stopping performance.

The GT-R SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed for this model and have been sold by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) since September 2008. The lighter unsprung weight provided by the new wheels, together with the enhanced braking capability, an exclusive suspension and high-grip tires, combine to deliver the SpecV's exceptional performance.

The SpecV will be sold at the following seven dealer outlets, each of which is staffed by mechanics with special GT-R SpecV training and who are knowledgeable of racing circuit driving.

Dealer outlets selling the SpecV

Ibaraki Nissan Sales Co., Ltd. Mito Sennami Outlet

Nissan Prince Tokyo Sales Co., Ltd. Kamedo Outlet

Nissan Prince Nagoya Sales Co., Ltd. Fukiage Outlet

Nissan Prince Osaka Sales Co., Ltd. Horie Kawaguchi Outlet

Nissan Prince Hyogo Sales Co., Ltd. Nada Outlet

Nissan Prince Kagawa Sales Co., Ltd. Takamatsu Outlet

Yamaguchi Nissan Sales Co., Ltd. Ogori Interchange Outlet

Suggested nationwide retail price (including consumption tax) 15,750,000 yen

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