Monday, 16 May 2011

2009 Nissan GT-R Most Wanted Car In The World

This is the ultimate GT-R. While Porsche has RS, Lamborghini has SV and BMW has M, Nissan’s best GT-Rs (or Skylines) have moved toward by means of a V-Spec designation. Now reversed, the Spec V is Nissan’s newest GT-R, with carbon brakes, a stripped-out interior and a bank balance-breaking 15,750,000 yen, that's more £100k.
So what turns a ‘regular’ Nissan GT-R into a Nissan GT-R Spec V?

At the current substitute rate? Anywhere in the region of £55-£60k, or the price of a second GT-R on your driveway. Gulp. Most of that cost comes from the Spec V’s carbon brakes, which cost around £35k. The reason for the extra expense, say Nissan, is that the discs feature a higher carbon content than you’ll find in the equivalent Porsche, Lambo or Bentley stoppers.

Along by means of the brakes, the Spec V too features a new front splitter with carbon ducts to help cool the carbon discs, a carbon rear wing, a few extra black stuff to replace the hefty rear seats, and a particular steering wheel-mounted boost button. Very KERS.

All the above is exclusive to the Spec V, however the rest of the tweaks – including manually adjustable carbon Recaro seats, a new diffuser and titanium-coated exhaust, black forged Rays wheels, performance-orientated rubber and fixed-rate suspension – are available for your regular GT-R throughout Nissan’s Nismo motorsport outfit.
What’s this Spec V boost button?

A bit of a gimmick, if we’re honest. When pressed it’ll create the red needle of the rev counter flick round the dial a little faster, however it can simply be used under fairly restrictive conditions.

The engine and transmission temperatures have to be spot-on and you have to be in manual mode for the dual-clutch gearbox, by means of at least third gear selected. To prime the system you flick a button where the switch for the adjustable suspension used to be, and you then have 80 seconds when you can use the extra boost. Then 80 seconds when you can’t. Then 80 when you can. And so on, and so forth, whether you’ve used the boost accessible or not. Even then you only get an more 14lb ft and the minimum of extra horses above 2400rpm.


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