It’s getting more and more difficult to take today’s extreme machines to their limits – which partially explains the surge in members-only tracks, like New York’s Monticello Motor Club and Detroit’s M1 Concours Race Track.
In turn, that may explain the growing availability of circuit-ready vehicles like the new Nissan GT-R Track Edition that will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in just a couple weeks. The $128,000 limited-edition model won’t be the most powerful version of the Nissan sports car, but it will offer a number of features specifically designed for those who have the right place to put the Track Edition through its paces.
“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”
The Track Edition will become the third entry into the Nissan GT-R lineup, sliding in-between the base Touring, or “T”, model, and the “R Nismo.” It will pick up some key elements from the Nismo package, though notably not the R’s 600-horsepower engine. For the Track Edition, the GT-R shares the Premium model’s 565-hp twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8.
Meanwhile, performance upgrades include additional adhesive bonding, on top of conventional spot welding, which helps improve body rigidity. The hood has also been reinforced to improve high-speed stability.
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The Track Edition does pick up the Nismo’s advanced all-wheel independent suspension, Nissan notes, along with the top-performer’s spec tires, 20-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler and oversized front fenders.
Inside, the GT-R Track Edition adds high-grip, track-ready, leather-accented Recaro seats and a unique red-and-black color treatment. There are fewer switches in the Track Edition – 11, in total – and wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the six-speed double-clutch transmission are standard. Not all comforts are abandoned. The new model gets an 8-inch touchscreen that operates the NissanConnect infotainment system, with navigation and mobile apps.
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The new grille on the Track Edition is more than just a new look, Nissan emphasizes, noting it is designed to enhance engine cooling when compared to the earlier GT-R nose.
Muscle comes from that twin-turbo V-8 which churns out 467 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain has been upgraded with a standard titanium exhaust, and Nissan claims the transmission has been upgraded to allow shifting at “race car-like speeds.” The GT-R’s midship platform allows power to be delivered to all four wheels.
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Nissan plans to start taking orders soon after the GT-R Track Edition’s New York debut, with deliveries for the order-only model to start in late summer. Pricing starts at $127,990, plus delivery fees.