These are the latest spy shots of Nissan’s special-edition Spec-M version of the GT-R.
It is one of two revised variants of the car that have been testing at the Nürburgring in recent weeks.
The Spec-M seen here — a more luxurious version of Nissan’s Porsche 911 Turbo rival, featuring plusher fabrics and more cushioning in the seats — has been joined at the classic German venue by a Cup car that incorporates key features from the ultra-expensive Spec-V.
The Cup gets a carbonfibre rear wing, the Spec-V’s carbon-ceramic brakes, and lighter body panels and wheels.
It’s likely to be Nissan’s choice as the GT-R attempts to win back Nordschleife bragging rights from the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which recently posted a lap of 7min 18sec at the venue.
This particular Spec-M test car reveals that the revised GT-R gets LED running lights incorporated into a ‘triple wave’ front bumper, and a new front grille.
Nissan has also tweaked the car’s underbody diffuser to improve stability at high speeds — and beefed up the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant to produce around 520bhp, enough to keep the new 911 Turbo in check.
Nissan has also been evaluating alternative fuels in the GT-R in what chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno called a bid “to keep the car relevant”. Mizuno refused to rule out the possibility of future GT-Rs using hybrid technology.
“While we have several options,” he said, “we haven’t decided which way we will lean.”
The Cup-spec GT-R is due on sale in Japan in the autumn, while the Spec-M should arrive early next year.