• Feb 2, 2009
Click either image for a gallery of the LHD Nissan GT-R SpecV

We've been waiting for some indication that the Nissan GT-R SpecV would go on sale in markets outside of Japan, and thanks to the eagle eyes of the man at the helm of GTRBlog, there's finally proof.

The latest edition of Best Motoring includes a test of the SpecV and the prototype used for filming is a left-hand-drive model.

Sales of the SpecV in Asia, Europe and the Middle East aren't assured, but with a LHD model floating around, it's clear that Nissan won't be keeping the goods to itself in Japan. However, sales in the U.S. are still highly unlikely, particularly considering the premium (almost $100k) over the standard model.




[Source: GTRBlog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      In the Best Motoring item it was about 2 seconds per lap quicker over a 1:50 test lap then the normal GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a cool car, and I am glad Nissan made the faster version.
      If I were in the market, I would have a hard time justifying the extra cash (but thats just me).

      -Nick
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could the tags on autoblog articles be more useless? This doesn't seem to have any tags in common with last week's GT-Rticles.

      Sheesh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it SpecV or V-Spec?
      • 5 Years Ago
      too bad its still ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would have been nice if it wasn't such a letdown.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What an inviting interior, much like a dark cave! I almost thought this was an Audi, lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Launch control is no longer an issue. Nissan supplies buyers with a spare trannie which will be added to the MSRP. So now you can use it six times.
        • 5 Years Ago
        On a more serious note,

        Launch Control actually isn't an issue with the 2010's and the 2009 reflashes.

        All the reflash does is give drivers a 3000rpm launch with VDC on. According to the first people to get the reflash, its good for 0-60 in 3.7 seconds or better.

        The 3000rpm VDC-on launch is fast, much softer on the drivetrain, and covered under warranty.


        With first-year teething problems out of the way, reliability and coverage are now positive traits of the Nissan GT-R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You might want to actually READ my post.

        Now you can launch at will, not hurt anything, and be covered under warranty.



        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL !
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said Jake, the big difference is cadillac stepped up to the plate and covered the problem free of charge with free loaner cars mind you. Much unlike Nissan that puts something in a car and tells you not to use it then makes you pay for a 20 grand tranny that fails as a direct result of said item.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That makes them almost less reliable than the rear ends in the last gen CTS-V
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno, seems like a pretty big stretch. Nissan could make the SpecV modifications to any GT-R. The fact that the PROTOTYPE happens to be LHD is fairly irrelevent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its called a Spec V, which to me is a Sentra, not a GT-R. I just think that Nissan still wants to distance the Skyline GT-R from the GT-R.

      There were a few lame excuses as to why they were going to call it the Spec V, but I am sure I know of one of them.

      http://www.2009gtr.com/search/label/SpecV

      As far as the price, it is way out there, but the brakes , exhaust , and seats are a big chunk of change. The brakes are probably the reason we won't see this car in the US. If we do see it here, there will be very few places that can sell it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's V-Spec.. otherwise known as the "Victory Spec". Seriously, quit getting that wrong every time. I thought this was a car enthusiast car blog.

      SpecV is with the Sentras.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ummm, I think Nissan gets to call it what they want... regardless of what the fanboys think is right

        GT-R SpecV press release.

        http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2009/_STORY/090108-01-e.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        I says "Spec V" on the badge on the back of the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        relax fool
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a Nissan GT-R not a Skyline GT-R. Nissan calls it a Spec V, so its a Spec V.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently you're the only enthusiast who still keeps getting it wrong. This GT-R trim is Spec-V not a V-Spec.
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