The world of special edition cars should be simple, right? If one version is more expensive than the standard car, then it should perform better right? Now it’s time for us to scratch out heads because the Nissan GT-R , the car that has been continuously beating our expectations, has come out with a Spec-V model that is now being reported as slower than the standard car.
The Japanese publication Best Motoring let our friends over at the GTR Blog in on their time on the Tsukuba Circuit with the Spec-V. They used retired professional driver Keiichi Tsuchiya, and the track was in similar condition to the standard GT-Rs bring compared. The results:
SpecV GT-R - 1:02.4
MY08 GT-R: 1:01.888
MY09 GT-R 1:01.343
That goes beyond disappointing. How can a car with lighter parts, better brakes and increased boost function be slower? We don’t have all the answers yet, but we’re definitely going to keep an eye on this one.
Note: this test was conducted in Japan where the GT-R was released at the end of 2007 (and had a 2008 model year).