Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nissan GT-R Spec V, an Absolutely Fast Car

The Nissan GT-R Spec V is the first factory special edition to come from Nissan Japan. While the GT-R Spec V does not add a whole lot performance-wise to standard GT-R cars, its powerful styling enhancements, weight savings and trick high gear boost controller should ensure every unit will be snapped up by the Nissan devout in Japan. Nissan GT-R Spec V Performance Introduced at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the 2010 GT-R Spec V carries the same engine as other GT-R cars, though a boost controller is added which provides additional torque in high gear to pass that imported Corvette ZR1 on the highway, or the Nurburgring. Operated via a button on the dash, the extra boost engages for 80 seconds, then disengages on its own, presumably to save load on the engine. Other Spec V performance extras include a high-flow titanium exhaust, adjustable more-aggressive Bilstein shocks and carbon-ceramic composite Brembo brakes front and rear. Did Nissan opt out of universally raising boost or engine tuning to aid maximum power output in order to make way for an even-more-aggressive GT-R variant? We hope so. Nissan GT-R Interior and Exterior A quick glance over the 2010 GT-R Spec V interior reveals the most obvious change here: no rear seat. Left behind are some rather strange looking luggage compartments, though the base GT-R's rear seat is not so useful anyway, and weight savings will be appreciated. Outside the Spec V gets carbon fiber and titanium everything: a new rear spoiler that is sure to please Spec V clientele, a tricky carbon front grill and brake ducts, skirts and some beautiful Rays wheels also available from the NISMO performance shop for other GT-R models. The price for all this Spec-V jazz? An astounding 15,750,000 yen, which works out to a hair over US $170,000 or almost $100,000 more than the current GT-R at current exchange rates. Don't expect the 2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V in the states, or anywhere else outside Japan, at least not yet. Stay tuned for more details as they arise! 2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V Specifications Body Wheelbase :2,780 mm Chassis Brakes (Front) :Carbon-ceramic ventilated discs (390 mm) Brakes (Rear) :Carbon-ceramic ventilated discs (380 mm) Wheels :Rays lightweight forged alloy wheels Tires Front :255/40ZRF20 Tires Rear :285/35ZFR20 Front Suspension :Independent double wishbone Rear Suspension :Independent multi-link Drivetrain Layout :Front Engine, AWD Transmission :GR6 dual-clutch transmission Final Drive Ratio :3.700:1 Engine Type: :VR38DETT V6 DOHC Twin-turbo Compression Ratio :9.00:1 Bore X Stroke :95.5mm x 88.4mm Engine & Transmission Displacement cu in (cc):3799cc Power bhp (kW) at RPM :480 bhp @ 6400 rpm Torque lb-ft(Nm) at RPM:428 lb-ft. @ 3200 rpm Exterior Tires F-R :Bridgestone Potenza RE070R Runflat Tires Body Type :2 Door, 2 Seat GT Coupe Length :4,650 mm Width :1,895 mm Height :1,370 mm Curb Weight :3704 lbs. Ground Clearance :110 mm Base Price :2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V: 15,750,000 yen (about US $170,000)
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