Nissan GT-R SpecV

Before the 2009 Nissan GT-R ever hit the streets, fans of the Japanese supercar were already salivating over the possibility of an even-higher-performance Spec-V model. Rumors have flown and spy shots have been captured, and now, the 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec-V has finally been officialy unveiled, but alas, for the Japanese market only. Nissan hasn’t said what kind of performance we can expect from this limited-production model, but there are some clues. To become the Spec-V, the GT-R had to go on a diet, something we felt the 3891-lb car definitely needed to do. A generous helping of carbon-fiber and other lightweight materials have found their way on to the Spec-V, though Nissan has yet to say just how much weight was saved.

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On the outside, those parts will manifest themselves in the form of a carbon-fiber grille, rear spoiler and brake ducts, along with forged aluminum wheels. Inside, Nissan has ditched the rear seats and swapped out the front seats for carbon-fiber buckets from Recaro. Some carbon-fiber trim has also been thrown in for good measure. Also missing are the two speakers normally found in the center console between the rear seats.

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Unless more details are forthcoming, it would appear that Nissan’s primary strategy for turning a regular GT-R into a GT-R Spec-V was the aforementioned diet. Under the hood, the only noted differences are a “high gear boost control device” and a titanium-coated exhaust system. The new boost controller will allow the twin turbochargers to momentarily increase their output for more torque at medium- to high-speeds. Aside from providing a “more powerful feeling of acceleration,” Nissan says this will allow the engine to run at lower RPMs, increasing fuel efficiency.

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Keeping this newfound performance under control is an “exclusive” suspension featuring Bilstein shocks, high-grip Bridgestone Potenza tires and carbon-ceramic binders that will likely be even more effective now thanks to the weight loss. While we don’t know what kind of performance the Spec-V is capable of yet, it’s safe to say that it will beat the stock GT-R. Will it beat the stocker’s 3.3-second 0 to 60 time, its 11.2-second quarter-mile time and 102-foot stopping distance? We don’t know yet, and we may not know for some time.

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The GT-R Spec-V will go on sale February 2 at seven select Nissan dealers in Japan. Those dealers each have mechanics who are specially trained to work on the Spec-V and who are knowledgeable about racing and race driving. No mention of a U.S. model has been made yet, so we can only hope that the Spec-V will someday see our shores. Every Spec-V will come in Ultimate Black Opal and will retail for 15,750,000 yen with tax (US$170,283.47 at the current exchange rate, nearly $100,000 more than the stock GT-R).

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