• Apr 28, 2010
Autoexpress goes for a spin in the Nissan GT-R Spec-V – Click above to watch video after the jump

AutoExpress has put the 478-horsepower Nissan GT-R Spec-V through a round of semester exams, and it looks like this carbon fiber kid has the guts to make it in the real world. It motored to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, ran the slalom at 74.7 mph – beating everything from Europe and tying the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 – and soaked up 1.12 G on the skidpad – beating everything including the ZR-1. It's all right to admit... you want a Spec-V. Don't you? Follow the jump for the video.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually really don't, not sure why but it just doesn't do a thing for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I can't wait to see a Nissan 370z have handling and lateral G #'s like that for 45k loaded.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't think Nissan could wring out as much as they did with their planned changes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent performance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not a fan but performance wise this car is superb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What kind of tires are those? (and how many zeros to replace the set?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "It's all right to admit... you want a Spec-V. Don't you?"

      Yes... (hides face)

      That really is a terrific handling improvement, without adding any power.

      The base GT-R with Cobb tunes are track monsters. This... there's probably not even a word for it. MegaGodzilla?
        • 4 Years Ago
        MechaGodzilla. Or maybe King Gedorah (no wait, that would be the ZR1)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too expensive, but I love it nonetheless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only person I want to see driving this (besides myself) is the Stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it never ends and the GTR is looking better and better. I would kill to drive that car and would give them the benefit, except that it will prob take an additional jab of 30hp to do what they want to do with this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The V-spec has larger turbos than the base GT-R. I wouldn't be surprised if the area under the power curve were significantly improved (more hp at every rpm), even if peak power stays the same.

        So exiting any curve at 3-4000 rpm, this thing is likely going to shoot right past the base GT-R with the extra airflow from the turbos.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As for the high-range; there are other limiting factors than just the turbos themselves.


        Of course I agree that larger turbos have higher hp 'potential'; if mated to fuel and exhaust systems capable of higher flow at 'peak' level.

        But if air and fuel are limited on the high end, they won't be in the mid-range. Which is where your bigger turbine is going to be flowing more air for the same psi on the exhaust side... if it has spool (which seems to be no problem on the VR38)


        Is this an expensive way to achieve more mid-range versus say, actuators? Probably. But that's the name of the game with the Spec-V. Everything on it seems overengineered. But that also means lots of potential out of the box. Imagine what downpipes and injectors would do for this thing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Larger turbos should increase peak power more than power at low revs. This is because power at high revs (peak power) is limited by total air the turbos can pump and larger turbos pump more air.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but the stock GT-R spooled rather quickly for a twin-turbo car.

        They might have gone for a more efficient (larger, smoother) turbine wheel for this reason. Why send so much exhaust through an open wastegate if you've already got enough boost to spool a larger turbine wheel?

        This setup may keep a higher level of torque 'on demand' throughout the mid-range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it really worth it? It's nearly double the price of a stock GTR... DOUBLE!!!?? Do you realise how much that is? I bet it's far cheaper to buy a new stock gtr and send it to tuners like switzer and end up with a car far faster/better than the spec v.
      • 4 Years Ago
      huh? According to Motor Trend and numerous other sources, the regular 2009 GT-R hit 60mph in 3.2 seconds. What's the big deal here?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mike,

        I don't care how you logicize it, that's how MT does it...

        • 4 Years Ago
        The difference was VDC was ON in this test, VDC was OFF on the 2009 tests.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ok I'll just take your word on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ mikemaj82 gear ratios. the normal GT-R is fast to 60 but slow beyond 60mph.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depends if AutoExpress did the 1-foot roll-out like MT does.

        Usually the GT-R does about 3.6-3.7 without the rollout.

        If this 3.2 is with no rollout, that's impressive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        zero to sixty = no rollout. it wouldn't be zero then. a quick google search shows times of 3.2, 3.3, up to 3.5s for the 2009.
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