Spy Shots: 2011 Nissan GT-R SpecM

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Last year we saw the introduction of the limited-production GT-R SpecV model, a stripped down version of the already extreme Japanese supercar designed for hardcore club racers and performance nuts. As previous GT-R generations have shown, however, Nissan was never going to rest with just one special edition of its halo model. These spy shots reveal what may be the upcoming Nissan GT-R SpecM.

Information revealed last October presented the outlines of the luxury-oriented SpecM, and these photos confirm it's still under development. Previously spied testing at the Nurburgring (also in the gallery above), the latest photos of the SpecM show a car that's not markedly different from the standard GT-R on the outside--but that's to be expected. It's the under the skin or inside the cabin where most of the upgrades will lie.

While the SpecV is focused on reducing weight, the SpecM will be focused on increasing comfort. Expect to see a revised suspension package, slightly more biased to a civil city ride, in addition to the upgraded interior with new trim options and colors, as well as unique seats and special items. The SpecM will be all about customization and as such almost every car will be different.

It's also expected to retain the same core performance package of the GT-R, but with a host of upgraded features--high-end audio, upgraded interior materials and a generally 'bespoke' feel. The only visible changes are a set of new bumpers, both front and rear. If you look closely, you will notice small vents positioned in the rear bumper near the exhaust tips.

The car’s mechanical package should remain unchanged, which means we can expect an output of 485 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque.

Look for a reveal of the Nissan GT-R SpecM later this year or early next. As for pricing? Some reports have put the mark as high as $200,000.

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