The aging Nissan GT-R gets yet another special edition, this one called the T-Spec, which includes largely cosmetic differences.
The GT-R T-spec follows a tradition of offering limited-release special editions of small-volume sports cars, to keep the nameplate fresh over a longer product cycle.
Another special-edition GT-R, the NISMO Special Edition, with a lot of speed parts is still available at $217,485, while this T-Spec stickers at $140,285.
At the current-edition Nissan GT-R’s debut at the Nürburgring way back in 2007, chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno said he would never stop developing the car. That wasn’t only because of the Japanese notion of Kaizen, or continuous improvement; it was to keep people buying it as it aged gracefully through a long product cycle. To make a business case for a supercar like a GT-R that sells in the range of hundreds per year, you have to spread things out over a longer period of time. So while a vehicle like a Sentra or Rogue may have seen three or even four model changes since 2007, the GT-R has essentially soldiered on in its same basic configuration and in its same basic architecture to spread out development costs over a longer time. It’s how carmakers are able to offer small-volume performance cars like this (and the Mazda Miata, Chevy Corvette, and all of your favorite sports cars). But carmakers also have to give the model line a shot in the swing arm every now and then. That’s we get special editions.
Like this one.
The special features of this special edition are mostly cosmetic. It gets two unique colors, for instance, Millennium Jade and Midnight Purple. Nissan says that Millennium Jade was previously offered on the R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nür, another special edition it claims is one of the rarest GT-Rs ever. Nür is short for Nürburgring, obvs, and only 718 V-Spec II Nür units were produced—with just 156 carrying the Millennium Jade color, for those keeping track. In what may or may not be cause for excitement based on limited exclusivity, this is the first time this color will be offered on a GT-R in the US market. The other color, Midnight Purple, is “a modern interpretation of the Midnight Purple III from the R34 V-Spec, which was limited to 132 units, and the 2014 special edition Midnight Opal R35 GTR that was limited to only 100 units worldwide (50 in the US).”
The T-Spec also comes with wider front fenders we first saw on the previous Track Edition, along with gold-painted RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels, carbon-fiber rear spoiler, body-colored door mirrors, black hood ducts, and T-spec badging.
Inside is a Mori Green interior color, premium semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with pearl suede accents, quilted Alcantara headliner, and additional T-spec badging.
None of that really makes the car go faster. It will stop shorter, thanks to carbon ceramic brakes with brake air guides from the GT-R NISMO. But it won’t actually go any faster or get down the drag strip quicker than the standard GT-R. Which is not to say it’s slow. Indeed, with the twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine, rated at 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque, it will fairly well blast down any track you want to blast down, or around. The GT-R remains one of the great performance cars on the planet. Indeed, way back in 2012, five years after its debut, a Nissan NISMO GT-R lapped the Nürburgring in 7:19.1, which is pretty fast. In fact, it’s 34th on the all-time list maintained by that hallowed institution of motorsport record-keeping, Wikipedia. So the GT-R, in any of its many editions, is going to be a good time, whether in Millenium Jade or Midnight Purple.
Right now the Nissan consumer website shows the GT-R NISMO and GT-R Premium available. The GT-R NISMO has new, lighter turbos that spool up quicker and bring peak hp up from 565 to 600. The GT-R NISMO also gets lightened components throughout, a quicker-shifting six-speed DCT and better Brembos, all for $212,535. So you could get one of those if you’re really serious about lap times. But the T-Spec is a lot cheaper and still goes pretty darn fast for a lot less money, though money is relative in this section of the stratosphere.
“The 2021 GT-R T-spec joins the previously announced GT-R NISMO Special Edition with a very limited number of models available for sale in North America this winter,” said Nissan. Pricing for the GT-R T-spec comes in at $140,285, with the GT-R NISMO Special Edition asking for $217,485. Go see your Nissan dealer, maybe they’ll knock a few grand off those prices. Then ship your car to Germany and go for 7:18 around the ‘Ring.