A familiar face returns. Let the groans begin!
Oh boy, oh boy, where do I start? My favorite. My holy grail. It’s AUTOart’s Nissan GT-R (R35) SpecV.
The R35 came out a decade ago and took my automotive fanboy-ism to a whole ‘nother level. Ten years later and I’m still obsessed with this thing. I always tell myself that I will eventually own the real thing someday. The assuring part is that the car is very much attainable, so those dreams aren’t all that far-fetched. The GT-R was the pioneer, the pinnacle, and the gold standard of the modern-day budget supercar when it debuted. We know all about the Nurburgring lap times, the 0-60 times, and even the self-destructing transmissions. It set the bar high from the very start and forced everyone else to do better. At the end of it all, we all win because high-performance cars have never been more capable or accessible than they are now. When you look back at some of the most influential cars in automotive history, you have to include the GT-R.
The SpecV version of the R35 is shown here in Ultimate Opal Black. It’s a shade of black that has hints of purple and brown under certain lighting conditions. Obviously you can’t really see it here because my camera sucks and the pink background drowns it out. Nonetheless, it’s an amazing color only available on the SpecV trim, which itself is available only to the Japanese market. The sticker price is approximately double that of a standard GT-R, thus negating the whole “budget supercar” mantra that Godzilla is supposed to be about.
The differences, both performance and visual, are minor. For the extra money, you get some carbon-ceramic brakes, new wheels, carbon fibre bits, and a different exhaust. Bang for your buck? Hardly. But put the price aside and this is the R35 I would love to have. There’s just something about the way it looks with the Opal Black paint and the Rays racing wheels. And of course, the original, pre-facelifted GT-R’s are the cleanest of them all.
As I said, this model is my holy grail. Bottom line: it’s rare and it’s not cheap. There are times when I look over to the shelf on my right and go “Wow, I actually have that?”. Now, with the SpecV out of the way, I think it’s time to find myself a new grail.