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2010-01-14 07:58
Tommy Kaira has revealed its neatly restyled version of the GT-R supercar, only days before the Tokyo Auto Salon opens.

If you are seriously into Japanese domestic performance car tuning the Tommy Kaira should be familiar to you.
The company’s tuning portfolio is extensive, specialising in Nissan and Subaru products. It even built an in-house designed lightweight, mid-engined special (the ZZ) which put the fear of God into Lotus Elise owners during the late 1990s.

Obviously, all the GT-R badges are deleted…


As a retort of sorts to Nissan’s rather overpriced GT-R SpecV, the Tommy Kaira tuned GT-R adds some additional visual drama and slight mechanical modifications – all in a rather well executed manner.

Tommy Kaira’s GT-R package details a comprehensive aerodynamics package finished in carbon-fibre. Individually tallied the styling trinkets add up to a speed bump weary lip spoiler, extended rear fenders (by 20mm), side skirts and a defined aft diffuser.

True to its Godzilla-supercar billing, Tommy Kaira has adorned the GT-R’s boot with a properly elaborate carbon-fibre detailed spoiler too…

All things considered the surfacing modifications look an awful lot better than the original renderings shown late last year.

The Tommy Kaira kit, curiously referred to as the wet carbon package, is in no small measure enhanced by very tidy multi-spoke 20-inch AVS alloy wheels, rolling Pirelli P-Zero rubber sized 225/40 fore and 285/35 aft.

SpecV alternative?

Tommy Kaira has modified the GT-R’s suspension with coil-over dampers (from Quantum Super Sports) at each wheel corner, which probably confuses the standard Bilstein adaptive damping no end. It’s hardly cheap either, at $6 900.

If you are keen to exploit the full performance potential of your GT-R habitually, you might want to upgrade the brakes too – without paying silly money for the SpecV.

To this end Tommy Kaira will oblige with a set of Endless MONO6 & 6R rotors (390mm) and callipers to ensure fade-free deceleration. These upgraded stoppers are $20 000 though…

A titanium exhaust is sure to shore up the GT-R’s rather underwhelming acoustics signature too, for $3 800.

Tommy Kaira’s workmanship has always been outstanding and this GT-R package is sure to be no different, yet if you tally all the bits (just the styling kit is $18 500) your bill comes close to $50 000 ($49 200 in fact).

Factor in the base purchase price of a new GT-R, and when you inflate it to Tommy Kaira fettled levels, you could have probably bought a factory SpecV anyhow…


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