• Apr 8, 2008

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan GT-R V-Spec.

The prototype Nissan GT-R V-Spec, wearing the "Victory Specification" designation reserved for the ultra high-performance Nissan GT-R, has been caught lapping the famed Nürburgring at an incredible, if not simply unbelievable, 7:25 per lap. This, according to bystanders trackside. (For comparison, Walter Röhrl lapped the Ring in 7:28 while driving a Porsche Carrera GT in 2004.)

In contrast to the standard Nissan GT-R, that made the run around the 'Ring in 7:38, the GT-R V-Spec has a new front splitter, modified rear spoiler, and different wheels. A more extensive use of carbon fiber has reportedly reduced the weight by upwards of 330 pounds. Of course, Nissan engineers also tweaked the twin-turbo powerplant for another 70 horses... or so. Thanks for the tip, XeroK00L!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I know it's fast, I know it's incredible. Why does it have to be so unattractive?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why this site needs to be redone, these articles should link to a forum so we can chat about this without this stupid 1970's format. Plus once the story hits page 3, it's lights out..

      Moving on, did the Saleen S7 TT ever run the ring?
      • 6 Years Ago
      torque vectoring AWD + DSG + turbos = incredible performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sabine Schmitz was probably lapping this beast
      Nissan are reallyt milking the GT-R
      • 6 Years Ago
      Epic. Simply epic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, yes... it's Dual Clutch, and it is faster... I know, but it's still a slushbox because it does the shifting for you.

        I don't know about you guys, but there is something primal and pure about rowing through your own gears with your right/left (depending on where you are in the world) hand and left foot.

        Because of all the technological marvels the GT-R comes with, one begins to wonder whether it's basically the car being so fast with a Schmoe at the controls, rather than a skilled driver piloting the machine.

        I for one, would feel quite disappointed if I, a beginner on the track, could drive a car within 10 seconds of a pro-driver because of simply the techno-stuff.

        My 2 cents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Slush aside.

        I can only dream about this car's 1/4 mile figures, anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let's stop this manual v auto/semi-auto/DSG debate, the GT-R is about maximum performance, and with the DSG able to shift faster than most (or all?) drivers, it is the way to go, and if you wanted fun, you can always buy a Mustang, or a Vette etc. etc. etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Lee Gibson.

        According to who? Slushbox is a slang term for all automatic transmissions.

        I consider any transmissions that shift for you a "slushbox."
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I for one, would feel quite disappointed if I, a beginner on the track, could drive a car within 10 seconds of a pro-driver because of simply the techno-stuff."

        Great, then why aren't you driving a Model-T Ford? Those fuel injectors I'm sure you have are pure "techno-stuff" and I hope you don't have a turbo or an EMS either because I can't think of anything more techno-stuffy... That gasoline stuff is cheating as well so you better show us how it's done and switch back to steam.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RE: RCL1221

        It is just funny (pathetic) how some people try so hard to find excuses to hate this car. First, it was "Nissan cheated", then "it's fugly", "too heavy", on and on. Now it's "slushbox".

        No, it's not a slushbox. Read, not skim. A slushbox is a full-time automatic. This is a near seamless dual clutch semi-auto/semi-manual. F1 cars fall into the same category. The details of the systems may be different but the GT-R's system is basically a technology trickle-down from F1 and P1 LeMans.

        So, what's your beef with semi-autos? Are you saying F1 drivers are sissies for not using a clutch pedal and gated shifter? They are at the epitome of auto racing. What are you?

        Please, check yourself before you wreck yourself. Having an opinion is one thing (however wrong it is), airing it freely in public is most unwise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do you even know what a slush box is?
        • 6 Years Ago
        look at it from a numbers standpoint:
        GT-R DCG shifts in 0.2s in "R" mode.
        At best, a race driver shifting a short-throw manual can shift in 0.5s.
        In a normal lap around Nurburgring you shift say 100 times. That's 30 more seconds of acceleration! This won't reflect a 30 second slower lap time, but I bet it easily makes up a 10 second difference.

        just my $0.02
        • 6 Years Ago
        slush refers to the fluid inside the torque converter that drives the transmission.

        http://auto.howstuffworks.com/torque-converter2.htm
        • 6 Years Ago
        GO GODZILLA!!!!!

        I so wish the Vette could be as f*cking cool as the GT-R.

        This is what happens when you don't bother to innovate and you just pump out the same old same old.
        • 6 Years Ago
        shh Jack, don't feed the trolls, anyone clearly unfamiliar with what attributes specifically contribute to this cars dominance need not be replied too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        While I think that RCL1221 should reside to the fact that "slushbox" may have technically been the incorrect term, I totally agree with his point.

        Many readers (from the States in particular) will not have 'driven stick' (for any meaningful time) and thus may not understand the tacit (emotional?) connection it creates between the driver and the vehicle.

        Yes, everyone knows that 99% of the time a manual tranny is less efficient and it's more difficult to squeeze out a car's potential. But damn shifting feels good!

        I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wept a tear of joy when BMW annunced a manual M5 (a car which is otherwise very technologically enhanced).

        It is largey for this reason that the Ferrari F40 has remained my favourite car ...until Bugatti release a stick shift Veryron ....omg, I just pooped myself at the thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this car is amazing. I'm a huge German Automotive person and have and will only own German. But this GT-R Spec-V and GT-R I think is one of the greatest cars ever. I've never said I would own a Japanese car nor would I till I saw this car. The more and more I read about the more and more I want it. Yes, Sadly no 6speed manual but as a person who has driven DSG (Dual Clutch) cars, I would gladly take it. My only concern is after some aftermarket tuning i.e. Chip, intake and exhaust would the drivetrain hold up? in a manual car you can change clutch and flywheel to help you convert the power and not blow everything up. But still with that I'd gladly take it and drive it thru some of Maryland and Pennsylvania finest twisties. Enjoy the feeling of going into the apex and with a click of a finger switching gears and come screaming out of the apex holding on for dear life as I have that look of pure-lust on my face.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are official Tuner appointed by Nissan for GT-R. I forgot all the names but Nismo and MINE'S are 2 of them for sure. You will be seeing a lot of aftermarket parts officially made for GT-R soon or later from those tuner. Especially when the car is running in Grand Touring...

        I don't want to use too much of my common sense on this GT-R because it's been breaking them anyway. BUT a you can "usually" mod the twin-turbo kit that's already on the engine and get a instant 100~300HP out of the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mysonsayaudi, you can still upgrade clutch packs in a DSG to handle increased power. Not sure what the nitty gritty is, but I do know at the very least new clutches (I drive a DSG).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am kind of getting bored of this car.

      I mean no disrespect to it, it is faster than stink and for not too bad of a price. I guess just seeing it multiple times on autoblog daily and on the cover of every auto mag i have just gotten a case of gtr overload.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I feel bored of the GT-R as well, but I do respect its performance. I think Chris Harris was right in calling it a mini-Veyron. They both are great engineering achievments and are cool cars, but, this is my opinion, both are cold and unemotional. In that department cars like the V8 Vantage, GranTurismo, and even the R8 have the GT-R licked.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the problem is that we are being overexposed (if there is such a thing) to these cars. back before the internet and blogs were such a great ordeal we'd only hear about these incredible machines once a month on motor trend/car and driver/etc and theyd only show the car twice a year. now every day we're getting new great information. i see how you could get bored of hearing about it, but im sure youll never get bored if you ever get a chance to own one!
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah if anyone in any soon to be production car laps the ring faster then rohrl and that does nothing for you, you might want to buy a versa and start taking up lawn bowling as a hobby. this is nothing short of utterly astounding. the GT-R rewrote the rule book and this spec-v obliterates it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not trying to attack you, but you need to understand that usually when something revolutionary comes along and basically rewrites all the rules it it's respective category, it makes headlines. The GT-R will continue to make headlines every time it blows some competitor or record out of the water. It's unavoidable. It's news, so they'll report it.
        I don't think it would've been any different if it were a Porsche, Corvette or a Lada for that matter. Performance this good will always make headlines. If you're really tired of it, here's my advice: When you see a headline with "GT-R" in it, scroll past. that's what I do when I come across anything I'm tired of or that doesn't interest me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Coffee Jones

        You mean "GT-R beat Zee Germans!!"

        Lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now I want to see the GT-R V Spec vs a GT2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a great time, obviously. But until we know what the config is, it's tough to tell how great. If it's a tweaked car on slicks (i.e. a race car), then the figures are merely good to very good. If it's a true "as to be sold" spec car, then they are truly amazing.

      We'll know more as the car comes closer to reality I'm sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        chris:
        I'm not saying it is on slicks. I'm just saying we don't know.

        Why would it be on slicks? Well, for one reason, perhaps to generate headlines like this. For another, perhaps to find out what the car is capable if it isn't held back by street tires, in order to ensure they do the work needed to make a car that can take advantage of race tires, although presumably it won't be sold on them (and thus shouldn't be compared against cars that aren't on them).

        As to it being on RE070s. If it's on RE070s, then more power to them, they really have something amazing there. RE070s may be some of the stickiest street tires out there, but they're not as sticky as R compound tires or full-on race slicks (which are also of course R compound).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very true. I think that's what astounded me most about every test I've read thus far, in most cases the GT-R isn't on the most advantageous of tires, esp when contested against the GT3, yet it still manages to excel. Nissan, of course, indicates it's a result of providing superior traction in terms of the chassis then anything it's up against, being a huge factor in the tire's ability to maintain the contact patch regardless of tread/design. Seems reasonable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @rouse42, thanks for the 411!
        • 6 Years Ago
        looks like porsche is using RE050's on most of there cars.
        except the GT2 (pilot sport cups, competition tires. $600 per rear, ouch!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amazing if that time is accurate
        • 6 Years Ago
        hrm... that didn't work as planned, disregard. w00t for the autoblog commenting system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hahaha....no amount of legitimate lap times and serious test track numbers from editors and drivers of top gear, fifth gear, autoblog, edmunds, car and driver , motortrend, road and track, automobilemag (and others) would ever satisfy FANBOYS...and this was only from the base GTR.

      then the GTR SPEC-V sneaks in for a test run. in no time they start screaaaming and cussing a "CAR" (all over again) like it was a terrorist, and finally running out of guns against it;

      somebody brings in the ducks as AMMUNITION against an accidental but DESERVING "SUPERCAR"...

      ugly?(not really)...err; heavy?(hhhmmm, yup)and it scoots to 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds (and that's the lowly and BASE GTR)...SOOOOOO HEAAAAVVY!

      (i want the heaviest and fugliest in mah bedroom!)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Top Gear already given GT-R to "The Stig" ???
        I was waiting to see The Stig in GT-R and the lap time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good looking cars dont have ideal aerodynamics for one. Take the most beautiful cars ever, the Miura, Ferrari Dino, Jag XKE and put them in a wind tunnel and they will flutter like paper cranes.

        Pretty cars like pretty people don't necessarily make the best athletes.










        The best way to paraphrase this horribly subjective point:

        This car takes aggression to a new level. The whole car appears to be tense, as if it were a muscle flexing within a skeleton. You see it on the curves and around the hood vents. You see it on the curves over the wheel arches, and most prominently on the C pillar. The car doesn’t have much of an hour glass figure. But then again it doesn’t need it because it’s not beautiful, nor is it trying to be. It is what it is. It’s a weapon. And killing isn’t pretty business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the ZR1 isn't going to be much faster round the "Green Hell" than the ZO6. Lap time are about balance, not Insane HP.

      Just think, that Vspec is still trying to find optimum balance: It isn't even fully dialed in and it is pushing those lap times. I expect that we'll see better #'s
        • 6 Years Ago
        Corners also favor HP.

        I'm not saying this car can't corner. I'm saying that saying these numbers cannot be explained with just an HP boost isn't necessarily true. Especially when this car is AWD. AWD cars are very good at utilizing additional HP.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...and with over 70 corners I'd venture to suggest that cornering ability might come into it a little bit too. Also, the "very long straight" is as much to do with aerodynamics as it is with power.
        I'm not criticizing the ZR1, I'm just saying that the only cars that post times like this are the ones that have "the whole package"
        • 6 Years Ago
        With one very long straight and two uphill ones (one steep), the "green hell" is a very power-oriented track.
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