04 March 2009

Geneva show: GT-R Spec V

We’ve found lighter, track-focused Nurburgring weapon lurking in a back room…

Nissan GT-R Spec V

Forget that Qazana-thing. Hiding in a top secret back room - OK, slightly secret side room - off Nissan's main stand is the car we really wanted to see: the GT-R Spec V.

This is it, the lighter, track-focussed GT-R, the Nurburgring-obliterating weapon bedecked in carbon fibre. Forget the dubious paint-job - it's the Spec V's signature colour, but we can't say we're sold - and focus instead on the mechanical goodness on show here.

The Spec V is 60kg lighter than the standard GT-R, mainly by ripping out the rear seats - there are just a pair of, well, holes there now - and adding lots of lovely carbon fibre: there's a beautiful carbon fibre spoiler, thinner carbon fibre seats and a carbon fibre front splitter.

New Potenza cut-slick tyres - which look like they'd be hellish through standing water - along with stiffer springs and bigger brakes complete the mechanical revisions.

The Spec V doesn't get any extra power - but 470bhp was hardly shoddy in the first place - but there's now an ‘overboost' function, which increases peak torque for up to 80 seconds, and a freer-breathing titanium exhaust.

All of which is good, but here's the bad news: Nissan still hasn't confirmed whether the Spec V will make it to Europe. If it does, it'll be in very limited numbers - a couple of dozen only, perhaps - with a six-figure price tag. That's pounds, not yen, sadly.

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