Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nissan GTR SpecV Official Pictures and Specifications

Nissan today revealed details for its new limited-production GT-R SpecV model, which goes on sale in Japan early next month and is expected to arrive in the U.S. later this year. The SpecV is targeted specifically at enthusiast drivers who desire race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle. Based on the new ‘Series II’ GT-R, the SpecV model includes unique body, interior and performance equipment and modifications, raising the already potent supercar’s performance to even higher levels. The SpecV's new exterior features include a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a carbon-fiber grille, and carbon-fiber brake ducts. The special edition is also available with an exclusive ‘Ultimate Black Opal’ paint scheme – a unique purplish black. Inside, the car comes with only the two front seats, which themselves are special Recaro carbon-fiber buckets. More carbon-fiber is used for the rear center storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas. Performance is enhanced with a new high gear boost control device, which momentarily increases boost of the engine's twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide a more powerful feeling of acceleration, while also allowing the engine to operate at a lower speed for improved fuel economy. Other modifications include a titanium-coated exhaust system and carbon-ceramic brakes that provide powerful stopping performance. Nissan is yet to reveal official power figures but output is expected to be similar to the 478hp (356kW) level offered in the standard Series II model. Instead, Nissan engineers have focused on handling performance, equipping the car with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels developed by Nismo. The lighter unsprung weight provided by the new wheels, together with the enhanced braking capability, an exclusive suspension and high-grip tires, combine to deliver improved race-track performance. The new SpecV will officially make its world debut at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon. Pricing will start at ¥15,750,000 in Japan, which is roughly double the price of the standard model.


2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed , W-12 600 HP

The ultra-luxury segment may be following the rest of the car market into the sales tank, but no one seems to have told Bentley yet, as it continues to churn out at a steady clip ever more indulgent variants of its already indulgent automobiles. Just two months ago at the Los Angeles auto show, Bentley launched its most expensive convertible ever, the over-the-top Azure T, and now, at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Bentley debuts its fastest convertible ever, the 600-hp Continental GTC Speed. Little more than a Continental GT Speed with a roof that goes down, the GTC Speed is powered by the same enhanced twin-turbo W-12, which makes a monstrous 553 lb-ft of torque to go with those 600 horses. (A “regular” GTC makes do with 552 hp and 479 lb-ft.) Bentley estimates a top speed of 200 mph—195 with the roof down—and a 0–60 time of 4.5 seconds. Visual enhancements include a dark grille, a small lip spoiler, and the same sexy 20-inch wheels also found on the other Speed-ified Connies in the lineup. Still, at this point in time, does the world really need another showy ragtop estimated to cost some $220,000? To be fair, launching hyper-fast, hyper-priced variants, even in a stalled market, is a fairly easy way to stay in the news and keep interest in the brand up until the company dishes up some more exciting dirt—which Bentley insiders promise is coming later in the year. Stay tuned.

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