• Mar 10, 2009
Nissan GT-R SpecV - Click above for high-res gallery

At this point, it's clear that a good showing at the Nürburgring is of the utmost importance to any automaker with supercar ambitions. Contestants ranging from Porsche, Nissan, Chevrolet and Dodge have all visited the famed German racetrack to try and set a new fast lap record, despite the fact that none of these test sessions are officially recorded by anyone other than the automakers themselves.

Back in mid-2008 when the GT-R was first establishing its formidable credibility, Nissan's Chief Test Driver, Toshio Suzuki, took Godzilla to a lap time of 7 minutes, 29 seconds. That mark has since been eclipsed by the Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper ACR, but Nissan's supercar may have a bit more to offer in its latest guise for 2009. Plus, the even hotter SpecV will also hit the market in very short order, featuring larger brakes, less weight and a slight bump in power thanks to a turbocharger overboost function.

Will Suzuki-san be able to shave enough time to best the Viper's 7:22 in either the standard-fare GT-R or the high-test SpecV? We'll find out for sure next month when Nissan puts on a full court press at the Green Hell in search of those elusive few seconds it needs for ultimate bragging rights.



[Source: GTRBlog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      From what I've read on GTR blogs the Spec V isn't coming stateside. Apparently America isn't ready...

      More like we don't want to buy a 200k Nissan and have it break on us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be willing to bet if Nissan put as much downforce on the GT-R as Chrysler did the ACR, it would get a much closer lap time. Sure, maybe the GT-R has zero-lift and maybe a bit of downforce but the ACR just screams "racecar" and besides, the track-tested front splitter isn't road-legal. Maybe all the SpecV needs is a bolt-on splitter and an adjustable wing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont know if thats enough to beat it but we'll see.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hurray! Let the fan boys from both sides come out. I give this post two hours before it implodes with comments. Anyone brought the popcorn?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is such a nice color. Anyways, can't wait until they release the official time for the Spec-V.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see what kind of times the SpecV throws down, especially after the trackside reports of 7:25-ish last April during development. Only time will tell, I guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how much more power does the v-spec have over the standard? cause its going to need a lot more to top the 7:22 of the viper and zr1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the zr1 did do 7:22.4 all the websites i go to for the times says so and so did this site a while ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just a 100 lbs lighter than the non-Vspec to go around the 'Ring? You can switch drivers and get most of that weight savings.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan will find a way. I'm 100% certain. And yes, I do mean that as a backhanded compliment.

        You don't announce you are going back to the N-Ring to NOT come away with a new top figure. And I don't just mean Nissan, Ford wouldn't do it, Chevy wouldn't do it, Chrysler wouldn't do it.

        No matter what kind of chicanery it takes to get a new record, I know Nissan will do it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, if the unofficial reports coming out of Germany last time were true, the SpecV already has the ZR1 beat (7:25-ish vs 7:26-ish) but it's all speculation so far. According to Nissan, the only extra power will be the via over-boost function. Not sure if that'll be enough to topple the ACR though, but let's wait & see.
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        5 horse power but it has around 100lbs removed from it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The ZR1 did not do any 7:22.4 time and I guarantee that any site you visit is a repeat-post of the first scam-post.

        Some guy made a fool of all of us and is still making a fool of you. No RELIABLE source with any data of a press release/ video exists. Until one does, it didn't happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A couple mags have done the GT-R vs. GT2 head to head at the 'Ring, but the conditions were much less than ideal and in at least one case I read, the pilot was a Porsche driver so his driving style was probably favorable to way the P-car handles.

      Let's get Nissan and Porsche to do a dry competition with their own drivers and end this!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I going to be the first to ask....

      Will Porsche be on-hand, or have their minions/spies verify the lap time(s)?

      -- They were a little dubious the last time round, and would Looooooove to catch nissans engineers playing fast n loose with the lap times.....

      good times!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I find it amazing that Nissan can verify a race with video and a journalist present at the Ring the day it was raced, and people immediately start doubting it because of their personal pre-conceptions.

        Porsche can run with nobody watching and everyone believes them.

        Some kid can post up a faster ZR1 time and everyone believes them, even though its eventually proved it never happened.


        Nice double-standard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't know that. In all honesty I'd completely forgotten about it. After all the hype of the 7:26 run, I just gave the car it's props & called it a day. Besides, the ACR came & demolished that so there wasn't really any further need to go on about the ZR1 & the 'Ring. I didn't know GM had denied it though... I wonder who the hell started that rumor?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This was to BigMc
        • 5 Years Ago
        I made a typo. I meant no reliable source of the 7:22.4 time can be found.

        You were correct to believe the GM claim of 7:26.

        What I was suggesting is that you don't believe the hype of the 7:22.4 time. Only the fanboys are still claiming that it exists and re-post it and cite it as an 'official' time.

        You should not have been corrected by anyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well this whole zr1 hoax thing is messed up they had an article on here about it too. well either way true or not 7:26 is still a good time for a gm test driver. really put jan behind the wheel and have it confirmed im sure it would do better than 7:26. just like the z06 time went down from the test driver to jan. and i really hope they do it too cause i am a vette fan and would love to see it do better than the viper and hope the gtr dont beat it. all the other top times were done by race drivers too including the viper so come on gm, jan lets do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I"m over ring times, I'll take the Ford GT and call it a day..

        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope it doesn't get "stolen" and subsequently deactivated while you're motoring in it.
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