Nissan GT-R SpecM spied

23 Jun, 2010 12:32pm

Luxury edition of hardcore Nissan spied testing.

The beast has been tamed… or has it. These are the first shots of the SpecM edition of Nissan’s GT-R. From the outside it may not look that different to the standard car but underneath its skin and inside the cabin the SpecM will feature a host of modifications aimed to make the hardcore Nissan more luxurious.

In direct contrast to the SpecV, which is trimmed to be the speed-model of the range, the SpecM will be focussed on a greater comfort. Features will include a revised suspension setup aimed more for long-distance rides, there will be more comfortable seats, a less sporty interior layout and a there will be a high-quality audio and multimedia system.

It appears that the only visible exterior differences will be a set of new front and rear bumpers.

Power will continue to be supplied by the same 3.8-litre V6 engine though, which means despite the extra comfort and luxury we can still expect blistering pace from the SpecM, with a 0-60mph time of sub four-seconds.

So far any details on price or launch dates are unknown, but with the SpecV editon on sale in Japan for around £115,000, the SpecM will cost a premium over the standard version. Expect the SpecM to go on sale in Japan initially before making its way to Europe soon after.

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A £115,000 for a Nissan! I appreciate it is seriously fast and can out gun a Porsche 911 in a straight line and on a twisty road too. In a hard core way it is probably more visually appealing than a 911. But for a lot less money you could buy XKR, Vantage, or R8. Sorry I can't see how they can justify this, or is this another piece of BS journalism from AE?

The SpecM won't cost £115k - it will come at a premium over the standard model. The SpecV is a different prospect altogether.

Anyway, why would anyone buy an Aston or R8 over a GT-R anyway? They won't be anywhere near as usable or reliable in the real world. My money would go on the Nissan. It's awesome.

I don't see the need to be rude to AE either.

The SpecM won't cost £115k - it will come at a premium over the standard model. The SpecV is a different prospect altogether.

Anyway, why would anyone buy an Aston or R8 over a GT-R anyway? They won't be anywhere near as usable or reliable in the real world. My money would go on the Nissan. It's awesome.

I don't see the need to be rude to AE either.

This is going to be a brilliant GT, I mean DBS rivalling abilities.

It will instantly out-rival the DBS and XKR, having twice as much traction. And when push comes to shove, 2 wheels could sacrifice you, and 4 wheels save you. AM's I adore, but I'd have one of these first, no question. Has AE put a GT-R up against the new R8-V10? Could make interesting reading.

If only I had the money. I drove a standard GT-R ona track day and that was an awesome car. This one will have the luxury touches to outclass any AM of XK. Nissan will sell every one they can make.

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It certainly has the guts and power to really go and will show many other sporting cars much more expensive a clean pair of exhausts! No doubt about that.

But its styling is bitsy and as though several designers each did a section with panels that were to hand. It is not flowingly elegant like the older Nissann/Datsun 280Z or the later Toyota Supras which really look good moving or standing still.

Come on Nissan where is the styling - you can do better than this!

I own a 350z and have to say this and the GTR are utterly tremendous cars. Nissan know how to make fantastic sports cars, but just don't shout about it enough. The GTR especially has so mauch capability to upgrade its frightning, looks fantastic as well. Styling, GTR seems to have a slightly faint front and teeth bearing backside but overall looks much better overall than something like a 911. And the 350z which I own, well that just looks stunning all round.
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The whole point of the GT-R is raw power, incredible performance, no frills, reasonable practicality and great value. This is still fast, but it's insanely expensive and the luxurious side has missed the point of the GT-R completely. Also, Nissan should make a faster Spec-V. How is it that there are so many performance upgrades of the GT-R but it still doesn't go over 200 MPH???

The whole point of the GT-R is raw power, incredible performance, no frills, reasonable practicality and great value. This is still fast, but it's insanely expensive and the luxurious side has missed the point of the GT-R completely. Also, Nissan should make a faster Spec-V. How is it that there are so many performance upgrades of the GT-R but it still doesn't go over 200 MPH???

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