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Hotter GT-R SpecV released

2009-01-08 08:31

Nissan has announced a limited edition version of the already-hot GT-R. Unfortunately, only Japanese customers will be able to enjoy its thrills.

That Nissan describes the GT-R SpecV as something for enthusiasts who "desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle" must mean something and the car's exterior and interior get special treatment to further increase its stakes in the performance race.

Carbon fibre could be considered the biggest of the "adjustments" considering the lightweight material is throughout the exterior and interior.

The rear spoiler, grille and brake ducts make use of carbon fibre, while the cabin's instrument panel and rear storage box (which would hold seats for two more occupants in the regular GT-R) are also constructed from the material.

Twin Recaro carbon fibre bucket seats also make this version a two-seater only. 

SpecV is only available in Ultimate Black Opal, but its improvements are more than cosmetic.

Performance is increased with a new "high gear boost control", which increases the engine's twin-turbochargers' boost in the mid-to-high speed range for stronger acceleration.

Other changes include a titanium-coated exhaust system, carbon-ceramic brakes and forged aluminium wheels sourced from Nismo (Nissan Motorsport International) that, along with a revised suspension and high-performance tyres, should help to deliver cracking performance.

Unfortunately, local GT-R aficionados will need to be content with the standard version when it arrives in South Africa later this year. The GT-R SpecV will only be sold by seven dealers in Japan.

The Nissan GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 producing 353 kW at 6 400 r/min and peak torque of 588 Nm from 3 200 to 5 200 r/min.


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