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Garage Saurus Tune the Nissan GT-R SpecV

June 23rd, 2009


Given the opportunity, you would tune this too. Not content to have the quickest production GT-R available, this SpecV owner has booked it in for a few basic performance upgrades. Garage Saurus have complied and installed a few choice upgrades from their range such as the Trust / GReddy full titanium exhaust, Garage Saurus Suction Piping Kit, Blitz twin blow off valves, Garage Saurus upgraded wastegate actuators, and to control the boost a HKS EVC.

To complete the picture, ECU tuning will beging this week. With this being the first SpecV worked on, they expect a few speed bumps but nothing serious. While tuning a set of Garage Saurus Bosch 750cc injectors may make their way on to this car as well to beef up the fuel system. I think this car is in good hands! Should be interesting to see the final power figures.

Link: Garage Saurus R35 GT-R Website

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Best Motoring July 2009 – Nissan GT-R Full Lineup Battle

June 9th, 2009


In this installment of what is fast becoming “Best R35 GT-R Motoring” DVD-zine we get to checkout exactly how a stock Series II (2009 JDM model) Nissan GT-R goes up against a Nismo Clubsport Package tweaked GT-R and a SpecV Nissan GT-R. After the SpecV’s less than impressive result in questionable conditions earlier in the year, Mizuno is on hand to ensure the test is fair this time.

Three seasoned racing pros go head to head at Sendai Highland Raceway to see which GT-R is ultimately king of the circuit. Should be a good one to pickup for the collection.

As usual you can order this and any GT-R books and DVD’s from Amazon Japan in English if you follow our HowTo linked below.

Link: Best Motoring Website
Link: Buy Best Motoring July 2009 Online from Amazon
Link: Best Motoring back issue DVD’s from 2009 –
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Nissan GT-R SpecV Turbos vs. Standard Turbos

June 4th, 2009

GT-R vs SpecV Turbo Comparison

When the price of SpecV parts were being made public via various Japanese media outlets many were firstly shocked that a SpecV badge could cost $1,500 and then intrigued why the SpecV‘s turbochargers were listed as a separate part with a higher cost.

Nowhere did Nissan mention that the turbochargers were different so why the cost?

Garage Saurus have had a SpecV in the workshop for a couple of weeks and couldn’t help themselves. They’ve pulled the exhaust off and taken photographs to compare.

What we see here is quite unexpected. A larger exhaust wheel combined with a totally different blade design. Add to that a what looks like a slightly larger volume exhaust opening. The SpecV’s turbo is actually a rather big improvement over the standard item then.

Garage Saurus have commented that this difference could mean we see a lot more horsepower without reaching the turbos limit from the SpecV versus a base model GT-R. Who’s game enough to do it though with a 16 million plus yen investment?

Link: Garage Saurus R35 GT-R Website


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Nissan Nurburgring Test GT-R Model and SpecV Model

May 17th, 2009


Nissan have partnered with Kyosho to bring us this 1/43rd scale 2007 Nissan GT-R Nuburgring test mule model limited edition. It joins a niche with other Nissan GT-R test cars from manufacturer HPI who has a 2007 Nurburgring model and a 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed model out. The difference here is that the Kyosho item has camo stripes added. There were only 500 of these Kyosho models made available via Nissan’s online store and unfortunately they all sold out already. They may still be had via Japanese online auctions like Yahoo but are now at almost twice the price…

The SpecV models are just about ready and recently GT-R World checked out the Aoshima version at the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2009. This 1/24th scale resin model is due out soon.

Link: – Shizuoka Hobby Show Photos
Link: Nissan Shop



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Nissan GT-R SpecV Long Term Test: Openers Magazine

May 16th, 2009


Japanese web magazine Openers is quite unique in it’s approach to giving an inside glimpse into Tokyo culture, fashion and the high end automotive lifestyle. Recently they’ve begun a new series in the automotive section called the Long Term Test and, as the name suggests, will be living with a car for the long term with regular updates on how they’re going.

The first car they’ve purchased to launch this series is the 2009 Nissan GT-R SpecV and in their first article have described the purchase and delivery process. How it differs to some of your experiences outside Japan may be quite stark.

Head on over to the link below, and we will endeavor to keep you updated on Opener’s ownership experience of the SpecV.

Link: Openers Web Magazine: Long Term Test – SpecV has Arrived! (English)
Link: SpecV Initial Impressions Video – Japanese


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Nissan Japan to Offer Upgrades for Early Model GT-Rs and SpecV Parts

May 14th, 2009


As we know Nissan began deliveries of the GT-R in December 2007 in Japan and since that time has made revisions and enhancements to the production car to continually improve on it’s performance. As the pinnacle of the Nissan brand and it’s technological capabilities, new tweaks are being rolled out with each successive model year.

The most recent set of changes has seen significant performance improvements for the latest model production GT-R. These include suspension improvements that improve the road handling and driving feedback, increases in power and improvements in the VDC software to enhance the GT-Rs acceleration. We call these cars Series II GT-Rs for simplicity.

While Nissan has been pro-active in offering the less tangible improvements to existing GT-R owners at no cost via the TCM software update available at dealerships, there is really not much that can be done about the hardware upgrades…

Well that’s no longer the case, for Japanese owners at least. For a special package price between 494,000 and 532,000 yen the suspension upgrade package is now available at Japanese NHPCs. The package includes the following parts:

  • Billstein Shock Absorbers (front and rear)
  • Springs (front and rear)
  • Transverse link bush
  • Engine Mount (rear)
  • Engine Mount (front) – 2007 models only
  • Transmission mount – 2007 models only
Diagram showing the updates to the late model Nissan GT-R suspension

Diagram showing the updates to the late model Nissan GT-R suspension

Nissan also makes note that certain SpecV parts will be available to purchase through NHPCs and dedicated service centers nationwide. The following parts previously only available on the SpecV will now be made available for other GT-R owners in Japan.

  • SpecV Rays 20″ Forged Aluminium Wheels
  • SpecV Recaro Carbon Bucket Seats
  • SpecV Titanium Muffler / Exhaust
  • SpecV Resevoir Tank

I dare say you’d now be able to have your dealer install any number of these upgrades prior to delivery if you were that way inclined. This announcement was quite expected after the GT-R recently made a 7:27.56 lap time at the Nurburgring on SpecV wheels.

Whether other regions such as the US will follow suit in offering either of these options from Nissan is unknown at this time.

Source: Nissan Japan

Update: Ben from has let us know that they’re able to offer all of the Nissan OEM parts listed above including the SpecV parts to global GT-R owners. If there’s anything of interest to you, check them out at their website


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GT Channel: Mine’s Boss Niikura-san on New Generation of Tuning Parts and Mine’s SpecV

May 5th, 2009

GT Channel have had a long friendship with Mine’s and Niikura-san certainly seems to love their cameras. They recently hit up the Mine’s HQ in Yokosuka, Japan to check out what the Mine’s guys have in the pipeline and what their plans are for the new Nissan GT-R SpecV.

As discussed in the video, probably some of the most exciting news which we have touched on previously, is that Mine’s are indeed developing a full engine upgrade called the Mine’s Super Complete Engine. We’re now aware that Mine’s will be shooting for about 600ps peak power but that, in the Mine’s tradition, the power will be delivered very early and in a very responsive manner.

Mine’s have always been about maximum response at modest power levels. That was powerfully evident in the Mine’s R34 GT-R of days gone by. Now by utilizing Mahle forged pistons and titanium I-beam conrods they plan to lighten and strengthen the VR38’s internals to be stronger and more free revving. They’re shaving off more than 300g per cylinder with just these mods.

The second video (after the jump) goes into great detail on the mine’s Super Big Throttle Body coming soon also.

Thanks to Taro from GT Channel for the heads up!

Link: GT Channel – Mine’s GT-R SpecV: Niikura Michizo Interview
Link: Mine’s Website

Read more…


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Motor Trend: Godzilla Gone Nuclear

March 28th, 2009


In another first drive article (was an NDA lifted today?) Motor Trend have gone for a slightly more creative title. Too bad about the rest of the article though. Everyone else went to Tochigi but Motor Trend went to Sendai? I must be slacking off my advanced geography studies…

Without photos in the article to say either way I guess it matters not. The article itself is worthy of quoting for the one closing remark:

As we left the track, Mizuno hinted that the least his new charger would do is to better the Corvette ZR1’s 7-min/26-sec lap. “That’s not hard,” he said. “Be ready for a quick time.” We are Mizuno-san, you betcha.

Interesting times right around the corner…

Link: Motor Trend: First Drive: Nissan GT-R SpecV

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Edmunds: Nissan GT-R SpecV Full Test

March 27th, 2009

Nissan GT-R SpecV - Edmunds

Edmunds’ Peter Lyon has been to Nissan’s Tochigi Plant to get his hands on the Nissan GT-R SpecV. There he was able to not only drive the car but push it quite hard and bring back some performance numbers via the VBOX data recorder.

Overall interesting points to note are the improved steering feel, the improved handling at the limit by reduction of the understeer tendancy of the base GT-R as well as improved acceleration. On the skidpad test they managed 1.12g, a significant improvement over their numbers on the standard car of 0.93g.

Lastly he leaves us with an interesting quote from Mizuno:

Mizuno tells us, “The SpecV, in contrast to what you might be thinking, is not the high-performance version of the GT-R.” That’s right. Mr. GT-R has more magic up his sleeve.

Overall a good read and worth your time…

Link: Edmunds Inside Line: Nissan GT-R SpecV Full Test


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Drivers Republic Talk to Simon Croft on the European GT-R SpecV at Geneva

March 12th, 2009

Drivers Republic attended the Geneva Motorshow recently to catch up with Simon Croft, European Marketing Manager for the Nissan GT-R, on the SpecV. They got to checkout the almost-production European specification SpecV and ask all the really tricky warranty type questions.

Good video, I sat through it to the end which is a change for me.

Link: Drivers Republic: Inside Geneva Nissan GT-R SpecV in Detail

PS. People behind firewalls (at work for example) may not get this video to work as it requires port 1935 to be open for the streaming video.

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