Nissan Tries To Keep The GT-R Relevant With A Blast From The Past
Two classic paint colors return via the T-Spec trim before the current generation bows out.
The Nissan GT-R R35-gen is admittedly getting long in the tooth, with a shelf life of over 10 years. However, Nissan has updated its flagship model from time to time, and 2021 marks the introduction of the T-Spec edition. This model splits the difference between the cushier Premium model and the more performance-focused Track Edition and NISMO variants.
To differentiate the T-Spec from other GT-Rs, Nissan added a carbon-fiber rear wing, blacked-out hood ducts, and the Track Edition's wider front fenders. Peeking out from underneath those aforementioned fenders are gold forged aluminum wheels made by Japanese company Rays, and the T-spec also borrows the carbon-ceramic brakes and brake ducts from the NISMO.
The engine, on the other hand, is untouched from the Premium. In this application, it produces 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. (Higher-tier trims boost that up to 600 hp and 481 pound-feet.) The T-spec continues to use all-wheel-drive and the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the rest of the line.
So, what else is there to the T-Spec? The answer lies in the two exclusive paint colors. The first is Millennium Jade, which last appeared on the R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nür, a special edition from the early 2000s named after James May's favorite automotive proving ground (yes, the Nürburgring). The second color, Midnight Purple, also draws inspiration from a paint option on the R34 GT-R.
The T-spec’s interior is features seats and trim colored with Mori Green and features leather seats with pearl suede accents, a quilted Alcantara headliner, and T-spec badges aplenty. The T-Spec will start at $140,285, priced in between the Premium and the Track Edition. This will be a limited edition model, though Nissan hasn't stated how many will be built yet.