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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan GT-R SpecV

Nissan's press release on the GT-R SpecV left a lot of unanswered questions, particularly the geeky tidbits that we thrive on. So with the help of our friends at GTRBlog who were on hand for the unveiling in Japan, and a few of our super-secret sources abroad, we were able to scrounge up some of the more salient details on Nissan's upgraded Godzilla. Follow the jump to find out the inside scoop on Nissan's most super of supercars.

To begin with, Nissan maintains that the GT-R SpecV is aimed at the discerning enthusiast, the same kind of buyer that would pass up the Porsche 911 GT3 for the RS variant. For $170,000, that's a very select group of consumers, but we doubt Nissan will have much difficulty moving the 20 to 30 SpecVs it'll be producing each month when sales begin February 8th.

Peak output remains the same, at 478 horsepower, but a switch on the right of the steering wheel (shared with the cruise control) activates an electronic circuit to boost mid-range torque by 15 lb-ft (up to 449 lb-ft). A green light illuminates on the dash when the overboost function is enabled, giving drivers 80 seconds to perform any overtaking maneuvers, and then defaulting back to the standard setting.

The SpecV's carbon ceramic brakes were developed in conjunction with Brembo and are painted silver to differentiate the upgraded stoppers from the standard GT-R. Although the six-piston (front) caliper size remains the same, the discs have been upgraded to 390mm (15.35 inches) and fitted with SpecV specific brake pads. Nissan claims a weight savings of 11 pounds per corner and –2.0 Gs worth of stopping power, but the system comes at a cost: $45,000.

The 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels – the same units offered on the NISMO Clubsports GT-R -- also contribute to the overall weight savings, which comes in 132 pounds lighter than the standard model at 3,704 pounds. As mentioned in our previous post, Nissan replaced several components with lightweight carbon fiber, including the seats, interior trim (even the seat-back adjuster), grille and brake ducts, along with the trick dry carbon fiber rear wing (coated in clear matte paint) that increases downforce. The Bilsteins have been retuned to be more responsive on the racetrack and the engine cover has been replaced with a SpecV-only piece. The standard GT-R hues are available, but if you want to stand out, the Ultimate Opal Black paint job will set you back an additional $6,100.

Nissan hasn't released 0-60, 0-100 or quarter mile times yet, but we expect some official figures in the coming weeks. And as for a Nurburgring time... just you wait.

Special thanks to Kris at the GTRBlog for the live images.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      is that top one PURPLE!? WTF?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the GT-R Vspec is just a hopped up Datsun, the Corvette must be a hopped up Airfix/Revell model with its plastic body and even better clear plastic cockpit... umm engine cover.

        Calling it a Nissan is pretty retarded. They ceased being Datsun a long time ago, and I very highly doubt this car shares any parts with a Datsun era car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Purple have always been GTR special color dating back to the mid 90s. Those days it was called midnight purple. If your gtr is in midnight purple chances it either a limited edition or a Vspec car.

        But 170k is way too expensive for a hopped up datsun. Thats almost the price of 2 gtrs. I rather have the ZR1 anyday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      over priced, might as well buy a new camaro pretty much the same thing even if i had the money i wouldnt buy this rice rocket, overpriced. just because its a foreign car they think they can over price the hell out of this car. not worth my time to even look at this car
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Peak output remains the same, at 478 horsepower, but a switch on the right of the steering wheel (shared with the cruise control) activates an electronic circuit to boost mid-range torque by 15 lb-ft (up to 449 lb-ft). A green light illuminates on the dash when the overboost function is enabled, giving drivers 80 seconds to perform any overtaking maneuvers, and then defaulting back to the standard setting."

      That is a whooping $356 dollar per HP.
      Peak means nothing, very seldom does a street car see peak.

      At 3701 lbs ( not counting driver weight) is only 7.8 HP per lb which stinks.

      Whooping 15 ft/lbs torque increase and only for 80 seconds for a added $70,000 price tag, big fricking deal.

      It is clear the trannie is riceball and why no real increase was done

      Dropping 130 lbs will only reduce ET at drags of 0.10 second.

      So you all claim this riceball with a back seat, a grandma's auto paddle trannie is not only a sports car but have the balls to call it a SUPERCAR. What a joke

      Hey guess what ?
      what is the price just for those front brake pads being replaced several times a year and the service costs to that AWD ?
      With only 20 cars a month being made there will almost no one trained to repair or service this toy.

      And you proclaim a car that only had a 105 MPH average on your "ring" as a supercar ?

      Try this, buy a 2008 Z06 for about $50 grand.

      More HP and TQ with just a PCM tune they put out 570 HP, has better suspension, a real man's manual 6 speed and parts and service is common.

      Ever drive a car at 3,000 or 6,000 feet elevation, how much of that 480 HP is lost and how many people do NOT live at sealevel ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        As for the sea level vs. 3000-6000ft issue, my understanding is that turbocharged cars are much less susceptible to power loss at altitude than normally aspirated cars such as the Z06. Close the wastegates a bit more and you've regained any lost charge density from the thinner air.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you're missing the point here. Or rather, while your points may be valid, I think Nissan has different goals in mind for the SpecV.

        First, as the article mentions, "Nissan maintains that the GT-R SpecV is aimed at the discerning enthusiast." Now, I'm not sure if Nissan has the right kind of enthusiast in mind. Even to me, someone who chooses an RS over the 911 GT3 should have enough sense to see the differences between the SpecV and the regular GT-R are rather paltry, except for the glaring sticker price. As such, I prefer the original GT-R, which exemplifies the "supercar for anyone, any time, any place" mantra much better.

        You offer many price/performance numbers, mainly to show that the few new features offered and weight savings are no where near the bargain of the original GT-R. However, seeing as this car was made for the "discerning enthusiast", I believe this car was never intended to be a bargain like it's vanilla variant. In other words, I argue that the SpecV was built for those who have the money to spend on it, who are either incredibly loyal fans of the GT-R, or just have the green to spend on this car, regardless of what they think of it. Thus, while your comparison to the Corvette may show that indeed the Chevy may offer incredible performance at a very reasonable and even affordable price, that is (probably) of no concern to Nissan and the people who would be interested in buying this car. People who want the kind of performance bargain you are looking for wouldn't even consider this car, while people who want (and can afford) this car look not for just performance, but for aesthetics, pride, and rarity, the last of which your $50k Z06 probably won't provide for these "discerning enthusiasts".

        Now, that said, I agree with those who say the performance add-ons, like the overboost, are rather silly and not worth the price. I'm not trying to disprove your observations and opinions, but only seek to offer an alternative perspective of this spectacular piece of machinery. Digging that crazy purplish color :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      previous V-spec cars only have a minor increase in performance compared to the regular Skylines. This is no different.

      The REASON people are disappointed is because the media and those who cover it, like Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Automobile, Road and Track, Autoblog, Leftlane, Autoweek, random internet message boards and the GT-R fanboys themselves altogether hyped this "SpecV" so much. It was all "550hp!" "3600 lbs!" "7:22 @Ring! (might be true, but let's wait on that), "gonna be soooo much better than the current GT-R!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car reminds me of the current political situation with the new president...

      An over-hyped spectacle powered by media and marketing types, very-politically sensitive, but will likely run/lead well, but has a couple of very-critical flaws (the Nissan has the transmission issue, the new Prez? we'll find out soon)...

        • 6 Years Ago
        Cocaine's one helluva drug.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am a big GT-R fan and was hoping the previous reports on the Spec-V were wrong. THis is not the "blow your mind" car I was hoping for.

      The carbon-ceramic brakes are expensive as hell no matter how you get them but GM spec'd them on the ZR1 and that is less than $170,000.

      The wheels are less appealing than the standard GT-R, 600hp should have been the HP target and they should have dropped the weight.

      Generally, a swing and a miss on the super-godzilla.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you pinned a very high hopes on nissan. Gtr may have been built by enthusiast but now its the turn for coporate to make money (to offset gtr ridicoulously high developement cost). You do remember how many variants EACH generation of gtr got right? Theres the Vspec, Vspec II, Mspec, Mspec II, N1spec, Nur spec, nismo s-tune, nismo r-tune, nismo z-tune and LMspec. And thats only from the top of my head, I'm sure there's more. Nissan have planned this from the beginning, how can they justify each variant exhorbitant price tag if the 1st one already pumping out 600bho and weight 500lbs less?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Overboost is the biggest pile of nonsense in recent memory.

      People just want to look like they are in Fast and Furious and press that steering wheel button when they pass someone.

      How about you just give the car 15 more ft-lbs of torque all the time?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree completely, it seems that as of recent all the manufacturer special editions have included some increase in engine output, idk why nissan just wanted to lighten it by 100+pounds and add 80 seconds of a 15lbft torque nawwzz style.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As if the stock one wasn't powerful enough...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check the manual before over-using the overboost. I'm sure the little black box will rat you out for using it too much.

      If they wanted to price this thing this high, they should of charged 100 grand for the standard version.
      This car will goto people with more money than brains.
      As much as i don't like the regular model, it's a pretty great deal at 70k, but to add very minor adjustments and jack up the price 100 grand is insane.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this will mostly just go to collector's who want one of these super rare Spec V's for their collection.
      As far as keeping the price down, I'm sure $45,000 brakes didn't help, lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      while on the one hand I'm a bit let down by this Spec-V its not too different from the past V-Specs from the old R32 -R33 - R34 days when all they were were lightly upgraded cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      So in conclusion, its mainly for people who are diehard enough to want it gotcha...anyone know what the price of the next gen nissan "SX's" r gonna be?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's still a nissan? Are You serious , it does not matter what the model of the car is as long as the performance and abilities of the car are justified, what about the cadillac xlr it's still a cadillac, yea 170 is too much.

      The only reason mercedes are so expensive is because they were adding safety features and doing crash tests and r and d before everyone else, and so they raised the price they just never dropped it

      and lambos, and ferraris same thing with them r and d was expensive and limited production they had to offset the cost plus performance that came from the r and d helped push the price that much further up.

      yes 170 might be too much for the improvement seen, but average people like the ones here making comments wouldn't say much more if the car had originally started off being in a much higher price category. They would still be complaining about the original high cost and crying about why they can't get one, most people can't get their hands on awesome r33 or r32 of the past so why complain about.
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