Rumor: Nissan GT-R Egoist to replace Spec M version

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 7, 2010

It’s not a secret anymore that Nissan is working on the GT-R Spec M, a more luxurious version of its popular sports car. What you didn’t know, until now, is that the new version of the GT-R is rumored to be called ‘Egoist’, inspired by both the Chanel perfume and the apparel maker of the same name.

Honestly to tell you we don’t like that perfume, but we will love the car. “Yes, there’s a bit of tongue in cheek in the name, and yes, the word does mean self-conceited, but we just wanted to have some fun with the name,” said a Nissan spokesman.

The new car is set to make its debut in Japan on October 13 and will carry a price tag of around $166,000. It is believed that the car will also incorporate the new design with revised grille and bumper, front intake duct as well as integrated daytime running LEDs.

Also, the car will get larger brake disks (up from 360 to 290 mm), new 10-spoke alloy wheels, new Recaro seats as well as more power and torque. Sources confirm the fact that the gear ratios will also be tweaked as well as the spring rates and rear suspension geometry.

What is so special about the Nissan GT-R Egoist is the fact that it is created by chief vehicle engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno, who is considered as the "father" of the Nissan GT-R. Additionally, this special edition Nissan GT-R features an interior handcrafted to the smallest detail – according to the wishes of the owner -- using the best quality hides.

Not only that, it is blessed with premium audio courtesy of a Bose sound system. Moreover, the Nissan GT-R Egoist boasts of an array of features showcasing ancient Japanese art forms. To illustrate how much attention to detail was paid to create a special edition car like the Nissan GT-R Egoist, it took several days to create the vehicle's hand-painted badge located on the steering wheel.

With this attention to detail and master craftsmanship at full work, interested buyers would not be surprised over GT-R Egoist's high price. But on the other, there are people – albeit a few -- willing and raring to acquire this very exclusive edition of the Nissan GT-R. Pierre Loing, Vice President Product Strategy and Planning at Nissan International SA, remarked that the Nissan GT-R Egoist is meticulously assembled only by hand-picked craftsmen.

He said that because of the wide array of available interior and exterior color combinations, each Nissan GT-R Egoist will be completely unique, with no two models being exactly alike. He noted that exclusivity is something the wealthy have come to expect and the Nissan GT-R Egoist would deliver. He added that the Nissan GT-R Egoist merges genuine rarity with the most exclusive materials.

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