Nissan GT-R Egoist

BY Joel Tam

Nissan reveals new GT-R face-lift for 2011, and the model to note is the luxury clad GT-R Egoist.

For those of you who have been longing for a luxurious version of the GT-R (I haven't really met any actually). Look no further than the GT-R Egoist, the first and only Nissan GT-R in the world exclusively created by Takumi, or ‘master with greatest skills,’” Nissan said in a statement.

From the premium selected and hand-sewn leather by master craftsmen from Seton Company in Germany, to the exclusive driving-position-tuned Bose sound system, the Egoist is all about being distinctive. Even the GT-R emblem on the steering wheel is created by Mr. Sakae Kubota, an accredited traditional craftsman for Japanese lacquer. Known as the Wajima Maki-e, the emblem’s color changes as time goes by.

Pictured here in a metallic pearl white exterior finish with Muelheim Brown lower and Muelheim Brown upper interior finished with brown stitching, the Egoist is the ultimate expression of the Nissan GT-R.

But what really sets the heart racing (mine at least), is the new carbon fiber rear spoiler and Titanium exhaust system. Both were taken from the Nissan GT-R SpecV. The Egoist rides on lightweight forged wheels also used in the SpecV, but this time, the finishing employed is a five-layer Blue Sword Chrome Color Coating.

I'm not certain I will like the Egoist when I finally meet one. But it will have around 520bhp under the bonnet, which will make it quite a bit faster than the 'old' GT-R. That, I like!