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).


Source: GTR Blog

What do you think?
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AK47  (1024) posted on 02.27.2009

And am I the only one impressed by lap times of both versions? The Tsukuba circuit is the best for time attacks. Production cars making lap times of near 1minutes is amazing in itself. Highly tuned cars making twice the power can usually manage from high 50s to early 1 minute mark. One minute for a stock car can be considered blisteringly fast.

AK47  (1024) posted on 02.27.2009

I wouldn’t be too concerned about this article. Nissan hasn’t finished with the V Spec yet. The possible reasons for the cars performance has already been stated. Temperature, suspension, different drivers and all that. The simplest thing that might have happened was that the allignment was offset. That happens a lot with track cars.

I wish Nissan had borrowed Cadillacs magnetic ride suspension. It works wonders for the ZR1. I don’t mind a rough ride but magnetic ride is impressive and if its more comfortable, so much the better. And the V Spec won’t even have a comfort mode. The three fancy switches in the middle will have a RACE only setting. So I guess magnetic ride won’t matter.

I also wish this car had around 600hp. Its not that I don’t like drivetrain efficiency or all the other tecnologies but there is really no substitute for a high horsepower turbo engine with $hitloads of torque. Sure, with that much power, the 0to60 times won’t change by much but you will lob of a couple of seconds from 0to150mph.

AK47  (233) posted on 02.27.2009

well the humidity was just a suggestion... i’m not from japan so i wouldn’t really know but here in texas it can greatly affect your car performance but then again one day the humidity will be like nothing and the next it will be really humid...

but on a more important note... not saying he’s not a respectable driver but he’s still not the same guy. different driving styles = different results... even the slightest variations on the track such as moisture etc can affect braking and lateral grip greatly... and i put emphasis on greatly since the slightest bit of moisture can reduce traction quite a bit. also you have to take into account that he probably didn’t get much prep time in driving this car b4 the test runs. the GTR is unlike any other car on the market right now and the Spec V is just breaking out. although the car is lighter and the brakes are better. if he’s not used to the car and it doesn’t fit his driving style then the results will be greatly differen’t. the only way to see if the Spec V is the real deal is test same track, same day (same weather), and same driver

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 02.27.2009

It’s not that humid this time of year in Japan and the track was at least "similar conditions" according to GTR Blog. Plus Keiichi Tsuchiya is well-respected driver who raced Skyline GTRs (I first though about track and driver too.) Even if there was a slight variation in track conditions or driver, is it really good enough to add a a few seconds (a lifetime in racing) to the expected lap time?

Myles_Kornblatt  (233) posted on 02.26.2009

simple explanation...#1 the driver wasn’t the same guy who drove the test version. #2 the temperature, humidity, etc. all affect turbocharged engines, brake performance etc... there ya have it. the simple explanation

Myles_Kornblatt  (47) posted on 02.26.2009

I don’t understand how it’s possible...the carbon ceramic brakes alone should improve track performance. They must have done something to screw up the suspension geometry...I just can’t imagine what it would be.

pdaix  (431) posted on 02.26.2009

what’s the point then ?

Where is the carbon fiber ? where is the weight loss ? and the extra kick in the butt ?

I was never impressed with any V-specs before and it seems I’ll have to wait for another decade until the make one that’s worth mentioning... the car can barely be distinguished form the stock model... arghh

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 02.26.2009

Wow, that was unexpected.

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