2010 Nissan GT-R SpecV breaks cover

Long anticipated by GT-R fans, Nissan's new 'SpecV' variant of the popular sports car has finally made its debut. Although Nissan isn't attending this year's Detroit auto show, we're happy to bring you 38 high-resolution photos of the SpecV for your viewing pleasure. The Japanese automaker says the enthusiast-targeted V model will deliver "race car-level performance in a street-legal vehicle."

The GT-R Spec-V will be an extremely low-production car, with only 10 examples expected to roll off the assembly line each month. The Spec-V's price tag will match its exclusivity, with prices expected to start in the six-figure range.

All-out performance fans will likely be disappointed with the GT-R Spec-V's performance numbers. The Spec-V's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 merely matches the regular GT-R's output of 478 horsepower, well short of its predicted 520-550 horsepower. However, a new overboost button does allow for more mid-range turbo boost.

Although the Spec-V's engine bay has been largely ignored, Nissan engineers didn't overlook the performance value of a lower curb weight. Therefore, many of the GT-R's stock parts have been swapped out for carbon fiber units. Throw in an upgraded suspension and the GT-R Spec-V lapped the Sendai Highland Raceway two seconds faster than the series II GT-R.

The GT-R SpecV's new exterior features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, a carbon fiber grille, and carbon fiber brake ducts. The SpecV is available exclusively in Ultimate Black Opal (RP) body color. Inside, the SpecV's two-seat interior offers Recaro carbon fiber bucket seats, while carbon fiber insets embellish the rear center storage box, instrument panel and other trim areas.

The aforementioned high gear boost control device momentarily increases boost of the engine's twin turbochargers for greater torque in the intermediate-to-high speed ranges to provide stronger acceleration, while also allowing the engine to operate at a lower speed for improved fuel economy. Other modifications include a titanium-coated exhaust system and carbon-ceramic brakes that provide powerful stopping performance.

The GT-R SpecV is also equipped with lightweight, racing-style forged aluminum wheels that were developed for this model and have been sold by Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO) since September 2008.