Nissan GT-R SpecV Tsukuba Circuit Laptime – First Independent Test Results

February 25th, 2009

The Japanese press have finally got their hands on the production Nissan GT-R SpecV this week and they’re wasting no time in putting it through it’s paces on the circuit. Today we’ve learned that Best Motoring have had Tsukuba Circuit to themselves for the day as well as a SpecV GT-R. Put that together with tame racing driver Keiichi Tsuchiya and good weather and you’re set for an interesting afternoon.

Sources close to Best Motoring have given us the SpecV’s time and instead of keeping you all waiting like we love to do we’ll give it to you straight… 1:02.4.

Unfortunately this means it’s slower than both the 2009 and 2008 base GT-R at the same circuit in similar conditions. Here’s how the SpecV stacks up against the most recent base model GT-R taken from the current issue of Japanese mag Car Top:

  • MY08 GT-R (JDM – December 2007 delivery): 1:01.888
  • MY09 GT-R (JDM): 1:01.343
  • SpecV GT-R: 1:02.4

On a short circuit like Tsukuba the times should be close together but the SpecV should be in front, it should be 1:00 flat. So this begs the question: What’s the deal? We’re really hanging out for the April edition of Best Motoring DVD to find out more.

Photo: (C) GTRBlog
Link: Nissan GT-R SpecV photo gallery from the Tokyo press launch

Best Motoring, Magazines/DVD/Books, SpecV GT-R

  1. | #1

    very nice and informative post.

  2. | #2

    Spev V is slower? yeah whats the deal?

  3. GTRfanatic
    | #3

    Hopefully this will prompt Nissan to actually consider upping the horsepower from 485 to 550+hp.

    If weight reduction, front diffuser, and carbon breaks aren’t enough, then horsepower is the way to go.

    [] Up the horsepower to 550-600hp. (Forget the tradition).
    [] Rear diffuser for better air flow.
    [] Bigger/stickier tires
    [] More carbon fiber/weight reduction
    [] An overall improvement of aerodynamics.

    Nissan should seriously consider these winning options for Spec II (Japan, US, and the whole world).

  4. | #4

    Two condition is completely different. It is a big mistake although who does not know whether it was called the same condition.I attended at both.

  5. stewy_32
    | #5

    weather looks a bit dreary in the issue preview, possible damp patches on the track?

  6. | #6

    There’s no denying the power, both physical and emotional pulling power of this car. Just look at all the awards…

  7. | #7

    What a beautiful and powerful car. Should have been in a rack flick.

  8. | #8

    I do not understand how it can be slower. Nissan engineers must have messed something up with this car.

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