By on March 24, 2009

TTAC spoke and Nissan listened. Or something like that. In any case, Pistonheads reports that the Japanese automaker has heard complaints that their 911-slayer is harder riding than a tea tray down a gravel ski trail. Nissan will offer a more comfortable version of their GT-R. “The GT-R Spec-V firm suspension will get replaced by a softer, more refined setup and will include ripple control shock absorbers to help iron out the bumps. There’ll also be a wider choice of interior trims to help entice a more upmarket clientele, with aluminium and wood grain finishes both options on the new Spec-M.” So the scream “OH, NO! GODZILLA!” will now become “I say, isn’t that the Japanese sports car that lapped the Nurburgring rather quickly?”

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24 Comments on “Nissan to Offer Spec-M Detuned GT-R For Old People...”


  • avatar
    Edward Niedermeyer

    Hmm, quite.

  • avatar
    Jonathan I. Locker

    “What advantages does this motor car have over say.. a train. Which I could also afford”

    – Homer Simpson (Wearing a monocle of course)

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    It’s still fugly.

  • avatar
    ca36gtp

    Who the hell is in the market for a factory ricemobile that also rides soft??

  • avatar
    26theone

    Nissan will need to catch up to the vette on this one. The Corvette has been down this road and offers multiple susp setups for this reason. It should not be shocking that their customers dont go lap the ‘ring regularly.

  • avatar
    guyincognito

    Nissan went out to build a highly focused niche supercar to go head to head with the Porsche Turbo, now they are seeking to dilute it? Whats next a Porsche SUV, oh wait.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    This thing needs a landau top, portholes and wire wheel covers stat!

  • avatar
    FishTank

    This is EXACTLY what a family friend wants. Loads of $, and wants to spend it on something fast and exclusive. Seriously – so what if this option is available. It’s AN OPTION. It does nothing to bring the brand down, makes it more accessible to potential clients that would have/will get an R8; these people are never going to track it anyway. The looks aren’t changed, the engine’s not changed and these people can still obliterate anything at a stoplight – but actually enjoy the ride home.

  • avatar
    John R

    Pansies…

  • avatar
    shabatski

    I think this is a good step if they are actually trying to make some sales after the ricer market has been tapped.

    If I were to consider a car of this caliber I would love to have an adjustable suspension. Kick it on high for the twisters, set it to ‘firm pillow’ for the rest.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    I think you Americans have missed out on Skyline history.

    The old R34 had a bunch of trim levels during its short life.

    There was the basic R34 GT-R.

    The R34 GT-R V-Spec with the carbon fibre trimmings and additional performance bits.

    The R34 GT-R M-Spec which had leather seats and other luxury trimmings.

    The R34 GT-R N1 which is a stripper but with more race spec mechanicals (like a GT3 RS)

    And the R34 Nur Spec which is like a melding of the M-Spec and the N1.

    This is probably more in line with what Nissan want to expand sales.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    The Skyline GT-R became infamous because:

    1) It was not sold in the US, and therefore got the “forbidden fruit” bump.

    2) It was a large luxury coupe that could outperform exotic cars and dedicated sports cars.

    If it is not large and comfortable then there isn’t anything impressive about it.

    Despite all the Nurburgring boasting the Z is the track toy, not the GT-R. GT-R begins with grand touring.

    However, once you realize you don’t need all the performance in the GT-R the related G37 coupe becomes quite attractive.

    Much better Infiniti dealers, a better warranty, an available manual transmission (or 7 speed auto), and, for the most part, a roomier, nicer interior. And less than half the cost.

  • avatar
    ARacer

    Good move on Nissan’s part.

    It sill will be more car than any of the people who buy it can possibly drive/handle. Hardly anyone on this planet can drive the original spec car to its full potential so what difference does it make that they soften it up to draw a larger audience? The race tune original only exists to inflate the egos of the owners that believe their self worth is determined by the specs of the car they drive. Everyone else will buy the soft(er) sprung car. Because it will be better. And they will enjoy it more.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    Smart. Offer the luxury trappings for the people that actually can afford the car. They’re not taking it to the track most of the time anyhow, so why does it need to have no compromise handling? Softening it up just a tad to make it bearable for the daily drive isn’t a big deal, and it opens the car up to more potential buyers.

  • avatar
    DeanMTL

    It should be

    “OH NO!! GODJIRRA!!!!”

  • avatar
    Areitu

    I have a car with Nissan’s “ripple control” shocks. What they mean by that is, I can feel the ripples and have been mentally trained to avoid them.

    Japanese manufacturers tend to release the most hardcore version of a car at the beginning of the model cycle and slowly move towards softer heavier and more comfortable versions, in a process that normally takes 3-5 y ears.

  • avatar
    jurisb

    You should pray, that nissan doesn`t decide to make an Infiniti version, an all-luxury, chrome detailed, gizmo fetish extravaganza.Pray God that they don`t install beefed up 8-speed Extroid gearbox. By the way, what the hell you call a ricemobile? Nissan beats crap out of any production vehicle whether on Nurburgring or city road. Their all wheel drive system is a milestone in car industry. GT-r beats every goddamned ferrari or lambo in price or maneuverability category. Just wait for v-spec to trim lap times even more.Know any other car that costs 80k ,sustains 1.3g ,propells to 60 in 3.2 secs and has a leather dashboard?

  • avatar
    HEATHROI

    Has Nissan not heard of adjustable shocks?

  • avatar
    cvelocity

    HEATHROI and shabatski:

    The GT-R does have adjustable shocks. In the “Comf” setting, it rides like the base suspension of a Corvette. Not bad, but certainly not great either. It’s definitely not as comfortable as the F55 ‘vette suspension in its softest mode. In the normal setting, it’s similar to my Z06. In the “R” setting, it’s basically like a go-kart. If you’re looking for “firm pillow” though, it won’t happen… you can already tell a large difference in the driving dynamics of the car switching to “Comf”… it’d be terrible softer than that.

    no_slushbox:

    The dealer experience with a GT-R isn’t much unlike what you’d get from Infiniti. The only notable difference is the fact that the free rental I get from Nissan (during the warranty period) is worse than the loaner I would get from Infiniti.

  • avatar

    When the GT-R was supposed to appear stateside years ago, wasn’t it supposed to be an Infiniti model from the get-go?

  • avatar
    jybt

    The GT-R is already receiving a suspension upgrade for 2010, which improves both the ride and handling. Why do we need this?

  • avatar
    Rev Junkie

    Next up, for even older folks, the GT-R T-spec (T for Town Car). It comes with front and rear bench seats, a column shift sans paddle shifters, an 85 mph speedo, vinyl top, steelies with metal wire wheel covers, whitewalls, and a detuned engine with 250hp, just so it doesn’t make you need a new Depends. It also comes with a bigger trunk so you can fit your Hoveround in there. And don’t forget the special lancet holder so you can test your “diabetuss” on the go. Seriously, is the M in M-spec for mature? Yeah, looking at that car makes you think, “Yeah, that’s a real mature driver right there. It shows with the restrained, demure styling.”

  • avatar
    Rev Junkie

    Oh, and I forgot about the T-spec’s pleated vinyl upholstery and fake burled walnut trim. Classy.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Why do we need this?

    Because it’s cheap to do and will assuredly net a few sales.

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