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by Brett Davis

To finish off the R35 Nissan GT-R production run, Nissan is reportedly planning to develop one last model to celebrate its success. Called the Nissan GT-R Spec R, the car will be lighter in weight and offer engine power increases.

It seems like the R35 GT-R has only just been announced, but it’s actually been around now for just under four years. As history will teach us, GT-Rs only hang around for three years or so, like the previous R32 and R33. The latest generation has definitely left a great dent in the modern performance car benchmark, perhaps more so than any previous model.

To finish off the run, according to a report by 7Tune, the Japanese manufacturer is about to embark on testing of the last facelifted model during the second half of this year.

The current Australian MY2011 Nissan GT-R Series 3 has only just been announced, offering a power increase from the MY2010 car’s 357kW/588Nm to 390kW/612Nm (it’s also capable of 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds). The last Japanese domestic market 2012 model will feature upwards of 400kW.

Reports say up to 418kW could be on offer. On top of this, the current fastest model in Japan, the Spec V, will be replaced by a Spec R model, which will shed around 32kg of weight for added performance. This combination would surely bring 0-100km/h times into the two-second range? It will also be interesting to see if Nissan engineers smash another Nurburgring lap time.

Testing of the new model was said to be interrupted by the earthquake in Japan. We’ll keep you updated and look forward to bringing you any spy shots sent our way.




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