Details of Nissan’s GT-R Spec V were released today, as reported on AUSmotive in early December. Full marks to the chaps who originally broke that story, even their predicted date for today’s announcement was bang on!
While some details have been confirmed today, nothing official has been mentioned on increased power figures.
The modifications made to the Spec V that can be confirmed are, the addition of plenty of carbon fibre bits—including leather covered Recaro bucket seats, lightweight 20″ forged aluminium wheels, carbon brakes and, of course, a titanium coated exhaust. Until we get confirmation otherwise, we have to run with the 9kW increase mentioned in December’s leak. The increased power will be accessible from a boost control device, which increases boost for greater torque at mid-high revs. Interestingly, the press blurb doesn’t actually say this makes the car faster, but rather “a more powerful feeling of acceleration”.
To aid the weight loss program the rear seats have been removed. Erm, so why didn’t they lose the massive rear speakers too?
The GT-R Spec V is available in the usual GT-R colours, but also gets a unique hero colour called Ultimate Black Opal, as featured in the bulk of these pics.
At this stage the GT-R Spec V is only scheduled for Japanese sale, so that rules Australia out obviously. Japanese buyers will have to visit one of seven specially selected dealers in February to get their hands on a ‘V’. When they get there they’ll need to shell out a lazy ¥15,750,000. On today’s exchange rates that’s about AU$242,00—remember the regular GT-R, available in Australia in two specifications, starts at AU$148,800 or AU$152,800 for the GT-R Premium.
Extensive image gallery (click on each pic to load a 2000px super image) and Nissan Australia press release after the jump.
Update: Make sure you check out AUSringers for this video of the Spec V in full flight around the Nürburgring.
Nissan Announces New GT-R Spec V
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced a new limited-production Nissan GT-R Spec V model, which goes on sale at seven specially selected Nissan dealers throughout Japan next month. The GT-R Spec V is targeted at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle.
Developed around the multi-dimensional Nissan GT-R sports car, which was introduced to universal global acclaim, the new Spec V model builds on the original’s “ultimate supercar that anyone can enjoy driving anywhere, at anytime” philosophy. The Spec V includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the GT-R’s unmatched performance to even higher levels.
The GT-R Spec V’s new exterior features include a carbon fibre rear spoiler, a carbon fibre grille and carbon fibre brake ducts. It is available in Japan exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body color.
Inside, the Spec V’s unique two-seat interior (non-Spec V GT-R models also include a two-place rear seat) offers special Recaro carbon fibre bucket seats, while carbon fibre insets embellish the rear centre 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 Spec V is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminium 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 Spec V’s exceptional performance.
Recommended retail price in Japan is 15,750,000 yen.
The GT-R goes on sale locally in early April. There are no current plans for the Spec V in Australia.