Nissan’s R35 GT-R is set to sing its final swansong, with production of the 2012 JDM model supposedly set to wrap up a stellar 6 year period, marked by accolades from all over the globe as the car to beat, a world class all round speed king of track and street and the performance buy of the decade. But Nissan isn’t quite done yet and we have some inside news as to what’s going on…
Japanese publication, Best Car Magazine, released some information recently that gives an indication as to what is coming for the next version of the GT-R but there is much to read between the lines.
Among the biggest changes reported, there will be another power increase from factory, with the GT-R set to gain another 30ps ( 30+hp ) over the Spec V model, taking power levels from ~530hp to ~560hp in total.
One of the other bigger things we have gathered from our sources is that there is going to be a Spec “R” version of the final GT-R that will serve to succeed the Spec V in the showroom and on the circuit.
The mega-quake that rocked all of us here in Japan ultimately disrupted preparations for a Nurburgring test in Germany for the GT-R, with Best Car claiming that Nissan were scheduled to run the final evolution of the model there in April but our sources close to Nissan inform us they had the test slated for the end of May. Equally as interesting is Best Car’s claim that the testing for the car will resume in June but as of this moment, we have been told the testing will resume in Autumn during either September or October. No final dates have been announced.
Among the other significant changes include a slight reduction of 30 ~ 40 kilograms in overall weight plus the addition of a gold engine cover to replace the current red version adorning the Spec V. No doubt the Spec R is going to be the ultimate road going GT-R straight from factory.
Fuel economy is also expected to improve slightly, but if that’s your main concern then the GT-R is probably not the car for you.
We will have updates for you as we receive them.
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Words – Adam Zillin
Source – Best Car, Nissan Japan