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The official UK press release is below. Note that the Southern dealer is Ancaster Bromley, not Westway as was incorrectly stated in other media.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 December 2009


Nissan Announces European Sales of GT-R SpecV


• Long awaited Nissan GT-R SpecV goes on sale
• Only 40 available across Europe – priced at £124,900
• Order before 14 December for delivery in April or up to 22 January for May delivery
• On sale at Middlehurst Motorsport GT-R, Merseyside and Ancaster GT-R, Bromley

Nissan in Europe will sell just 40 examples of the ultimate iteration of its GT-R supercar, the SpecV. Orders are now being taken at Nissan High Performance Centres (NHPCs) across Europe and will close on 22 January 2010.

The limited run of 40 examples in Europe reflects that 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first Nissan to wear the GT-R badge. Also reflecting its exclusivity, and in recognition of the car’s indelible link with the Nordschleife circuit in Germany, the SpecV is only being displayed in Europe at the new Nissan Sports showroom in the new Nurburgring complex which was opened in July.
                            
Developed as the ultimate iteration of the GT-R, the SpecV model builds on the original GT-R’s product concept by changing and enhancing key components that help deliver the SpecV’s philosophy of being for skilled drivers who are ‘at one’ with their vehicle.

Incorporating all of the product enhancements recently announced for the standard MY10 GT-R, these changes are based around the SpecV’s ability (in the right conditions and environment) to brake later and harder, corner faster and accelerate sooner.

Although maximum horsepower output remains unchanged, engine performance is enhanced with a new high gear boost control device, which briefly increases boost of the twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide greater in-gear acceleration. Braking and cornering performance is improved by the fitting of a carbon ceramic brake system jointly developed by Nissan and Brembo, revised springs and fixed-rate dampers. Other performance modifications include a titanium exhaust system.

Externally, the SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed uniquely for this model by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO), the sports car and motorsports arm of Nissan in Japan. The SpecV’s exterior also features a carbon fibre rear spoiler, a carbon fibre grille, and carbon fibre brake ducts. All of these changes amount to a weight saving of 60kg.

Inside, the SpecV is offered uniquely as a two-seater (non-SpecV GT-R models also include two-place rear seat) with bespoke Recaro carbon fibre bucket seats trimmed only in Black leather, while carbon fibre is also used for the surround of the rear Bose speakers, instrument panel and other trim areas.

In addition to a revised paint colour line-up (Ultimate Metal Silver and Titanium are not available) the SpecV is available in optional Ultimate Black Opal (RP), a unique chromaflair paint for this version.

GT-R SpecV – due to its extraordinary level of technological performance and to the elevated competence of its reference customers – will be only available through two Nissan High Performance Centres in the UK – Middlehurst Motorsport GT-R, St Helens, Merseyside and Ancaster GT-R, Bromley, Kent.

SpecV price reflects its exclusiveness at an indicative level of £124,900.

Commenting on the introduction of SpecV in Europe, Vincent Wijnen, Nissan’s European Vice President for Marketing, said: “For a very small number of sports car fanatics, the GT-R is not enough. They have to own the ultimate version and to cater for that desire, we will sell just 40 examples of SpecV in Europe. Its combination of lighter weight, more focused driving dynamics and exclusivity will guarantee SpecV’s place as one of the most desirable cars anywhere in the world.”
 

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Who needs a stripped-out, lightweight, 2-seat version with ceramic brakes except someone who intends to race the car?


Consider below the performance of the stock, steel ones – as just published in a back-to-back test against a 911 Turbo and an R8 V10 – both of which were equipped with ceramic brakes.

I should also mention that this test was carried out by the huge german car mag, auto motor und sport. Now they are so pro-german biassed – and always have been – or at least since I started occasionally consulting their publication in the seventies, that the result of almost any comparative test of a german and foreign car is a foregone conclusion. Typical examples are, if a BMW has a pokey boot, it is described as having "sporty flair" and does not get marked down, whereas the rival Jaguar will be crucified for having a "hopelessly cramped" boot. A loud exhaust note on a german car will be assessed as "exciting and desirable" – whereas on a foreign rival it is "intrusive and wearing". They've done that sort of thing for decades.


Anyway, here's the table of stopping distances in metres:

100 - 0 km/h (cold and unloaded) R8 35, GT-R 35, 911 35

100 - 0 km/h (cold and loaded) R8 35, GT-R 35, 911 35

100 - 0 km/h (warm and loaded) R8 35, GT-R 35, 911 34

190 . 0 km/h (cold and unloaded) R8 124, GT-R 124, 911 125

So the "overweight" GT-R with steel brakes is a match for the ceramic-equipped german rivals :thumbsup:

Btw, the test points (out of a possible 650 maximum) totalled out thus: 911460, R8 445, GT-R 462 :cool:

and, most of all, considering auto motor und sport's biass, :eek:

It really must be good if even they admit it!

:p
 

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"the SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed uniquely for this model by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO)"

They may have been developed for the SpecV but they are certainly not unique to it, as they are a NISMO Clubsport option (or else they shouldn't have fitted them to the GT-R that set the 7:26 lap time).

Also I bet RAYS were a bit annoyed at the inference they were made by NISMO...
 

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Still over priced though, I agree with ZED.
 

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Notice they are coy about stating the torque increase...Have to say that pressing a button to get another 3.5% (I think that is correct) increase in torque is going to be barely noticable. Also ceramic brakes can be difficult in the rain and wear out quickly if used agressively.

This car was originally rumured to have 530hp. As the engine can easily take it, It must have been a gearbox limited?

I think this will be a footballers car or for people where value for money is not an issue.


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Interesting comment about the gearbox as I think (beleive) that the car David took across the USA had a standard box and it had over 800bhp ? Is that correct David ?
 

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Interesting comment about the gearbox as I think (beleive) that the car David took across the USA had a standard box and it had over 800bhp ? Is that correct David ?
Yup, I think it dynoed about 740hp at the wheels on one particular (probably optimistic, admittedly) US dyno.

Still hasn't broken AFAIK...
 
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