Nissan Trademarks "SpecV" In USA, GT-R Halo Car Heading Stateside? Photo:
Tony O'Kane | Feb, 05 2009 | 2 Comments

After trawling through the US Patent and Trademark Office's website for the inside scoop on what the world's automakers have got in store for our American cousins, yours truly happened upon the above trademark lodged by Nissan. Hmm, could the R35 GT-R SpecV be heading to the United States?

Now before you say, "Tony you noob, Nissan USA already sells a car called the Sentra SE-R Spec V!" then riddle me this: why was this particular trademark lodged in July 2008, several years after the Spec V Sentra went on sale?

Indeed, the R35 GT-R SpecV was called exactly that because trademark limitations in the USA prevented Nissan from using the V-Spec moniker that adorned the rumps of the harder-core R32, R33 and R34 Skyline GT-Rs. Why bother changing a well-established name for a market that may not ever sample it?

2010 Nissan R35 GT-R SpecV (LHD)

Left-hand-drive SpecV's have started to come out of the woodwork too, with one even featuring in a mainstream Japanese tuning video (above). Current speculation says these cars are destined for Europe and Middle-East. However given the immense hype and excitement surrounding the GT-R in America, it seems unlikely that Nissan would deprive such an enormous market of the SpecV.

Pending official confirmation from Nissan, we can't say for sure whether the USA will see the SpecV arrive on its shores, however evidence is certainly mounting that it'll be there sooner rather than later. Watch this space.


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