The luxury version of Nissan's GT-R will now be dubbed Egoist and not Spec M, according to insiders

The forthcoming luxury variant of the Nissan GT-R will be called Egoist, Autocar understands.

Set to coincide with the launch of the facelifted GT-R later this year, the new version was due to carry the Spec M label before Nissan’s hierarchy had a change of heart.

According to one insider, the tag is inspired by both the Chanel perfume and the apparel maker of the same name.

“Yes, there’s a bit of tongue in cheek in the name, and yes, the word does mean self-conceited, but we just wanted to have some fun with the name,” said a spokesman.

Slated to land in Japanese showrooms on October 13 with a sticker price of 14 million yen (£108,000), the Egoist will incorporate a newly designed grille and bumper combination, along with a revised front intake duct.

The rumoured LED daylights will also appear on the front and rear bumpers to make the GT-R easier to see at high speeds. At the outer edges of the rear bumper, stylists have also fitted new vents, which are designed to dissipate heat from the transmission and exhaust system.

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Buyers will have the option of choosing two Recaro seats for a combined price of less than £7,000, which is in contrast to one of the same seats costing over £7k on the performance-oriented Spec V.

Based on the two current special versions, the Black Edition and the Premium Edition, the Egoist gets larger brake discs, up from 360 to 390mm and new lighter 10-spoke wheels.

Changes run fairly deep on the standard GT-R, too. For starters, a rigorous weight-saving programme means that the latest model tips the scales at 30 kilos lighter than the current car.

Thanks to modified turbos, oil cooler and exhaust system, the GT-R’s twin-turbo V6 now pumps out 506bhp at 6400rpm and produces 448lb ft of torque between 3200 and 5200rpm.

There are also tweaked gear ratios, while completing the changes are revised spring rates and rear suspension geometry – which, we are told, deliver a more compliant ride with sharper handling.

Peter Lyon

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7 September 2010

Only 506bhp that's not going to match the 911 turbo S! Been reading the new GTR should be outputting 530bhp now that I could agree with, but this is pants. Even the 2010 Turbo will still kick the GTR on a straight, I know (huge fan of the GTR) that the biggest problem for the GTR is better straightline speed. The engine needs repeat needs Direct Injection and more POWER!!! give it the straightline speed the car deserves. I wanna see 0-60 3.3sec 0-100 7.0sec, 0-125 10.8 COME ON NISSAN...

7 September 2010

the new car will be faster on the ring, wait and see what it does, then can see what else it needs. but there is a higher performance version like an updated spec v.

7 September 2010

That rather odd 'Egoist' monicker will doubtless be contracted to 'Ego', which is suspiciously similar to 'Evo'.

Not my label of choice...


7 September 2010

A 'rigorous weight-saving program' results in a saving of 30kg..? Suddenly I feel a whole lot better about my post-christmas dieting efforts..

7 September 2010

So Nissan want you to drive a car that proclaims you to be a tosser and charge you a fortune to do so. I for one would find this very easy to resist. Its right up there on my list with the Aston Martin IQ.

7 September 2010

£108,000 for a Nissan?

PMSL

7 September 2010

Egoist? Why not just the Nissan GT-R Big Head?

7 September 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]Egoist? Why not just the Nissan GT-R Big Head?[/quote] I bet Porsche are now busy planning to launch the 911 Turbo S Narcissistic Vain Egomaniac GT RS

7 September 2010

I like this blast from the past:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ5a2JH_BVE[/youtube]

How about The Nissan "Making-up-for-your-shortcomings" GT-R?

7 September 2010

[quote Guffria]Only 506bhp that's not going to match the 911 turbo S! Been reading the new GTR should be outputting 530bhp now that I could agree with, but this is pants. Even the 2010 Turbo will still kick the GTR on a straight, I know (huge fan of the GTR) that the biggest problem for the GTR is better straightline speed. The engine needs repeat needs Direct Injection and more POWER!!! give it the straightline speed the car deserves. I wanna see 0-60 3.3sec 0-100 7.0sec, 0-125 10.8 COME ON NISSAN...[/quote]

Have you got a driving license?

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