• Jul 28, 2008
Road & Track just spilled the beans on the new Nissan GT-R Spec V, so we can now share their data with all of you. Thanks guys. While the "regular" GT-R is busy bringing down giants and collecting hardware in the process, the new GT-R Spec V promises to improve on the formula, and probably cure cancer or bring about world peace along the way. Here are the numbers: 2 seats only, 520 hp @ 6500 rpm, 440 lb.-ft. of torque all the way from 3200–5200 rpm, 3615 lbs., 'Ring laps quicker than 7:30, $130,000 MSRP, early 2009.
So the car will lose its back seat and enough other stuff to shed 200 pounds, will get an extra 40 advertised horses, cost almost twice as much as the current model and lap the Nordschleife faster than a Porsche 997 GT2. We had that number as low as 7:25 recently, which is just insane. We're guessing there will be enough people that will wait for this model to hit U.S. shores when it debuts in early 2009, but even more who will think they can duplicate the recipe for far fewer dollars and a regular old GT-R. Thanks for the tip, Rob!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      well since they took out the back seats to save weight maybe they can add in a clutch pedal. it might ad a pound or two but thats the way get my respect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you want the manual experience this car isn't for you. Get a Corvette, its more inline with what you want.
        • 6 Years Ago
        just like 99.99% of the people here i dont have the funds to buy either car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i enjoy my mk5 gti. more then enough power for daily driving. (great for beating the soccer moms in the SUVS that refuse to move over when your merge onto the highway!) plus if im good to it i can get over 30mpg.

        i honestly dont understand the point of the stupid high horse power wars. where can you use it? whats the point of spending +$100k on a car when you only get to use 3/10th of the car on the road?
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I can say is nice work Nissan. I'm impressed by the hp increase (I'm amazed they can get that much from a boosted aluminum V6, those are Supra numbers). I thought they'd hack more than 200lbs off though, but any reduction is a welcome tactic. Hopefully they'll be able to apply any experience gained to less expensive cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      put 4 michelin pilot cups on this bad boy and game over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats a lot of money... You'd be better off getting a regular GT-R and spending 40k in upgrades and keep the change for yourself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course there's levels of upgradability. GM's V8s are prime examples. A 5.3L Silverado is one ProCharger positive displacement supercharger away from 550hp. A hotter cam in an LS3 gets you the LS7's horsepower with even more torque.

        But nothing is easier than turning up the boost on a car with a factory turbo. All you need is a chip mod, that's it. Its the least invasive or involved mod. I'm sure the GT-R would respond well to a tune and net another 20hp.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @RLL,

        It was 'questionably' unupgradable.

        Kinda like people were worried about the EVO X not being upgradable because of the new block. And yet there's already an FQ-360 version.

        Mine's, Amuse, Cobb, and a few other tuners have already cracked the GT-R open for a bit more performance.

        When you start with an expensive car, the upgrades get expensive. But it can be done.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe from previous posts that this is not an upgrade friendly car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Newtons. (kg x m)/s^2
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess that's the difference. Some people want a fast car. Some people want to feel special about their badge.

      Good thing there are lots of sports cars out there!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect the price is the result of some clueless person making a direct conversion of Yen to USD. I'd expect $100k as previously estimated, especially with the ZR1 out there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        could also be accounting for the fact of the falling value of the USD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The numbers still don't look 'right'. Great HP and just OK torque when compared to other supercars, but that 3600 lb weight disturbs me. Something is off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course its off.

        Its 200lbs off the base GT-R weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe they made the chassis aluminum? or maybe revisions to the chassis so it'll be lighter.
      i think why the gt-r is cheap in the first place is because of the steel chassis they are using.
      isn't steel cheaper than aluminum?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So I guess this translates to over 600 horsepower since the regular GT-R is around 525hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess the standard GTR is good enough for me- where is the fun in tuning if you buy a V-spec? Let me do it myself with parts of the various tuners of Japan- makes the GTR more fun too!

      Still..... love the competition that seems to have broken out since the first run the R35 made with a great time- looks like the Nurburgring sets the standard more and more for high performance cars.

      Just like 19 years ago: the R32GTR did it in 8.28- it took Nissan some 19 years to get the R35 a minute faster then the old R32, which just shows what a great car the old GTR already was!

      RB25/ RB26 for life!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good enough for you? If I could afford an EvoX GSR, I'd be ecstatic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I expected the difference between the two to be a bit greater.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you mean power and weight wise, remember;

        BMW's last-gen CSL was only -200lbs and +15hp over the E46 M3.

        And that was a MAJOR performance improvement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $130k? That's way over what I predicted [at least $100k], and that's a huge gap from the base model.

      Have these numbers been confirmed?
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