• Apr 7, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of Nissan GT-R Spec-V spy shots

The Nissan GT-R has already proven it can more than hold its own against competition like the Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevy Corvette Z06, but don't forget that Nissan still plans on revealing a victory specification, i.e. V-Spec, model of the car. Spy photogs from KGP Photography recently caught what they believe is the GT-R V-Spec being unloaded from a transport truck at the Nurburgring in Germany for testing. While the car doesn't outwardly appear as different from the base GT-R as we expected, some differences are noticeable including more air intakes in the revised front splitter, new wheels and a different brake package (carbon ceramic perhaps?), and what could be a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Reports suggest that whole body panels on the Spec-V model will be comprised of carbon fiber, which should, among other things, help reduce the car's portly weight by at least a few hundred pounds. While the spy shooters didn't get to hear the engine fire up, rumor has it that the GT-R V-Spec will be more powerful than the base model, an achievement that shouldn't be hard to accomplish considering dyno results suggest that the twin-turbo 3.8L V6 is already making more than Nissan's official claim of 473 horsepower. We're also not sure on what Nissan's export plans are for the GT-R V-Spec, though it will be sold in limited quantities to some lucky Japanese for sure.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Those are DEFINITELY carbon ceramic disks. This Spec-V is going to be epic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep, definitely carbon ceramic. If it matches the 911's braking performance with the regular brakes and near 4000lb weight, the lighter V-Spec with this brake package should be really impressive. I can hardly wait till the 'Ring numbers start coming in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man,,, i like it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will you guys PLEASE stop perpetrating the high power myth?!?

      Goddamnit... everytime some dolt sees the GT-R making 480 on the dynapack... they say... hey... it's overpowered! Bull!

      From the dynos I've seen... the GT-R makes 430-440 whp on the dynapack... which Japanese tuners correct by 1.10 (torque correction factor) to extract 480 bhp. Sure... 480 is more than 473... but it's not 550 bhp. Please... lord, GET IT STRAIGHT.

      Edmunds already straightened out this myth when they dynoed the GT-R against the Porsche 911 Turbo (480 bhp, supposedly) and they both turned the Mustang Dyno at 400 whp. Same GT-R spun the Dynapack to 440... same testing environs... and all japanese uncorrected numbers I've seen say between 430-440.

      Most people don't take into account the fact that different dynos read differently. Motortrend's Dynojet run is the silly one in this... maybe they actually had a hyper-powerful car... considering the GT-R is consistent on the 'pack'. The problem with taking a Dynojet run at face value (which most people do) is that the Dynojet actually reads higher than units like the Mustang and the DynoDynamics dyno, which are generally accepted to represent wheel horsepower best. In other words... the Dynojet's readings aren't exactly "whp", but some factor between "whp" and "bhp".

      And Motortrend dropped down to fourth... which isn't a 1:1 gear. On high torque cars, dropping a gear gives you more power because of the crazy effects of torque multiplication on dyno readings... which was shown in Motortrend's test. I've personally seen turbo cars gain 10% more power in 3rd gear over 4th... it's just not a valid result.

      Please make it stop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't count Honda out here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting. From reading the comments here one would think Honda is incompetent.

        Honda has proven with the S2000 and the NSX (which before it bowed out made 300 horses) that it can make excellent chassis and powertrains. So when the rumor is that they are making a 500hp V10 RWD or SH-AWD car, I take it seriously.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Information in Japan recently surfaced that the target development for the next NSX is a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Do the math. That's a whole 8 seconds ahead of the base GT-R. And we haven't even gotten to the inevitable A-Spec/Type-S/Type-R version.

      Some of you all are talking about the NSX comparing it to current 06-08 models like that actually makes sense. The NSX was relatively unchanged since 1991. It had a few upgrades, but you're talking about a vehicle that is pretty primative by any standards nowadays against technological marvels like the Audi R8, F430 Scuderia, and Nissan GT-R. Save your arguments and Honda bashing until the car actually surfaces.

      As the owner of an '09 GT-R, I'm honestly not in love with it. It's f'ing huge compared to what I'm used to, so I think something that feels lighter (or perhaps a different car altogether) would better suit me. Maybe this V-Spec version is it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it'll be a nice battle between the new generation Porsches and the GTR V-Spec. Should be fun.

      What worries me as a car enthousiast though, is, how much faster can it really get? Not much, probably.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now is it Spec-V or V-Spec, whenever I played Gran Turismo it was Spec-V, but in the media its V-Spec
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought Nissan reserved Spec V for Sentras. Originally, they wanted to call the highest model a V Spec for the heritage of the name, but then changed their mind, and used Spec V because it wasn't worthy of V Spec name. I read that somewhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The GTR is a quandary for me. On the one hand, I admire its revolutionary performance for the money. On the other hand, I'm frustrated that they could wrap such a capable car is such a homely shape.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah sorry, gonna have to agree with Sherief. If you want a pretty show car with huge performance numbers that you'll never use, a different car may apply. 0.27 cd is pretty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GT-R has always been about form following function. The R34 was never a 'pretty' car, but it did demand a lot of respect from those-in-the-know. The R35 carries on this tradition.
          • 6 Years Ago
          This might be due to my ignorance on the GTR line, but I thought all the previous GTRs were a variety of the more mundane Skyline sports sedans. Hence much of the previous GTRs' "form" was based on the "function" of ho-hum sports sedan.

          The current GTR isn't closely based on a another Nissan model, so why go out of their way to make it still appear to share down-market form when it doesn't need too. So in this case, I don't really by the "form follows function" argument.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think that this is the V-spec...my bet would be that this is a standard GTR testing Nismo upgrades, considering the lack of noticeable body-mods. All I can see is "bolt-on" accessories. Who knows, though...could be anything.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Indeed, the old models didn't change much...however, with the expected price increase of 30-to-40 grand, I think we can expect some brake ducts, front and rear, as well as a revised rear wing and diffuser -- maybe even slightly flared fenders with wider wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $110-120k sounds about right. Around $100k is what the R34 Skyline GT-R Z-tune came in at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      look, it even comes with 2 cargo containers of parts.

      what sort of MSRP do you think? $100,000? $125,000?

      • 6 Years Ago
      I am of the opinion that the Spec-V will be more about weight savings, etc than more hp. Surely there will be a boost, but Nissan will focus on what's more important. Adding 50hp would pale in comparison to cutting 300lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Spec-V is about BOTH more horsepower AND weight savings.

        The dyno tests I've seen but the current GT-R at about 510bhp (at the crank). Although this is more than the factory-stated rating of 480bhp, it is a far cry from the Spec-V's 550bhp target.

        I would not be surprised if Nissan also under-rates the Spec-V (i.e., they produce a car greatly exceeding the rated target of 550bhp).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe they'll simply report the actualy HP of the motor this time and call it upgraded :)
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