Meet the GT-R T-Spec, the latest special edition model
Nissan has just revealed a new GT-R in Japan. Unfortunately, it's not an all-new model yet; it's still the same 13-year old R35. Instead, it's a new special edition model of the GT-R called the T-Spec. While you can say it stands for Tamura-spec (after Hiroshi Tamura), Nissan says this new T-Spec officially stands for “Trend Maker” or “Traction Master”.
The GT-R T-Spec you see here looks essentially the same as the 2017 model. The biggest difference in terms of design would be the new lightweight Rays wheels finished in gold and the exposed carbon fiber spoiler. By the looks of it, these seem to be the same set of wheels fitted on the 2022 GT-R NISMO. Rounding up the visual changes are the T-Spec badges on the grille and below the GT-R badge at the rear.
What sets the R35 GT-R T-Spec apart from the standard models are the colors. These special edition GT-Rs are painted in shades available in previous limited-run models – Millennium Jade and Midnight Purple. For reference, Millennium Jade was the signature color for the final version of the R34 Skyline GT-R – the V-Spec II Nur and M-Spec Nur. Meanwhile, Midnight Purple was originally offered on the R33 Skyline GT-R and later in the R34 as a special limited-edition model.
Nissan did not mention any changes to the powertrain. With that, expect the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 to continue producing 570 PS and 637 Nm torque. It's paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission and sends power to the ground via Nissan's ATTESA AWD system. The T-Spec does have a gold engine cover to match the wheels.
Inside, the cabin is the same as before but with an Alcantara dashboard top. However, the leather seats, sidings, and accents are lined in green leather. There are also T-Spec logos on the center console and the step sills.
The special edition GT-R T-Spec is available in Japan in two trims – Premium and Track Edition. The Track Edition is similar to the Premium but comes with a carbon-fiber roof and trunk. Only 100 units of the GT-R T-Spec will be made, and it will be sold via lottery. That means customers can't just walk into a dealership and order one.
There's no word yet whether the T-Spec is the last special edition model of the R35 GT-R. But considering Nissan also updated the standard GT-R variant for 2022, the supercar will likely be sticking around for a while.