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With the COVID fallout of 2020 and the semiconductor chip shortage of 2021, many industries have been grappling with a lack of resources and having to decrease production. On the one hand, these conglomerates make billions a year – the average 9-5 worker can’t really empathize with that. On the other, these businesses still have a quota to meet to make a profit so they can also pay their workers. In the auto industry, several automakers have cut production or removed certain features for the 2021 model year. To keep success from falling into the rearview, Nissan is spicing up its fan favorite sports car, the GT-R, with a limited-edition model, the T-spec.
How do you make a sports car that is already pretty cool even cooler? If you asked someone who worked at Dodge, the answer would be one of two things – more horsepower or more style. For the latter, Dodge introduced an appearance package for certain trims of the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger, the Dodge SRT Hellcat Widebody package. Not only was it popular, but for those mid-tier trims, consumers could drive a sick looking muscle car without needing the insane horsepower and the auto insurance bill that follows.
So, it’s no surprise that other automakers would offer something similar for their sports cars. Nissan, part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has been busy working on its own variants of self-autonomous technology and electric powertrains, including its new EV platform. Now, when it comes to the Nissan GT-R sports car, there has been talk within the company of releasing a next generation model for over a decade, The R35 generation of the GT-R was first unveiled in 2007, and then was never seen again.
We can understand the last two years pushing some ideas to the back burner, and that’s why Nissan is instead releasing a new limited-edition of the GT-R. With limited resources, it’s the perfect business move instead of sinking costs into a whole new lineup for the model. The new GT-R T-spec also adds some more grit as well as style. A blend of premium quality and performance, the bodywork of the 2021 Nissan GT-R T-spec is based off of the Track Edition of the sports car and the carbon-ceramic brakes come from the GT-R NISMO. A throwback to some of their most popular variants.
The T-spec adds new features, such as a carbon-fiber rear wing, blacked-out hood ducts, wider front fender, gold forged aluminum wheels made by Japanese company Rays, and numerous gold T-spec badges. It’s definitely flashy, that’s for sure. The inside looks like a sports car cockpit with the GTR emblem in the center of the steering wheel and the sharp instrument behind it. To bring the sports car up a notch, the T-spec is also powered by the same engine found in the standard Premium model, the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6, able to generate 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of torque is a plus. All-wheel drive with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a nice touch.
Lastly, the T-spec also comes with two exclusive paint colors that pay a little homage to past GT-R sports car models. These colors are the Millennium Jade, its last appearance on the R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nür, with only 156 units wearing the paint color. This will also be the first time Millennium Jade is available in the states. The second color is Midnight Purple, reminiscent of Midnight Purple III on the R34 V-spec, another limited edition of only 132 units, and Midnight Opal of the 2014 special edition GT-R, 50 of which came to America.
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