The Nissan GT-R Track Edition is scheduled to turn heads at the upcoming New York Auto Show, from 14 – 23 April. Among Nissan GT-R enthusiasts, 2017 is turning out to be a milestone year. The model year started with a major makeover for both the GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO, and caps off with the North American debut of the limited production GT-R Track Edition at the NY Auto show.
As the third model in the GT-R lineup, the Track Edition occupies a unique position between the “T” (touring) and “R” (racing) sides of the GT-R equation. Designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Premium, the Track Edition features elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO, though retaining the GT-R Premium model’s 565-horsepower engine rating (versus the GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower version).
The new GT-R Track Edition’s performance-oriented features start with the body’s additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding), which helps increase body shell rigidity versus the GT-R Premium model. Next, the advanced 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness (versus GT-R Premium), as well as NISMO-spec tires.
Other standard equipment includes GT-R NISMO front fenders, 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels and a special dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler2.
The aggressive front end is dominated by the large Nissan signature “V-motion” grille, which provides enhanced engine cooling (versus the previous GT-R design) and features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. The reinforced hood helps enhance stability during high speed driving. The use of adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) helps increase body shell rigidity for mounting of the NISMO-tuned suspension.
Inside, the Track Edition interior includes a unique red and black color treatment with high-grip, motorsports-inspired Recaro seats. The simplified switch layout includes just 11 switches, along with an 8-inch capacitive touch panel monitor. Other highlights include the standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, NissanConnect with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, a RearView monitor, BOSE audio sound system with Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement technologies, and Acoustic glass and targeted sound dampening.
Like the 2017 GT-R Premium, the GT-R Track Edition offers a 565 horsepower hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine. Torque is rated at 633 Nm (467 lb-ft). The 2017 GT-R Track Edition’s refined powerplant is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. Additionally, a Titanium exhaust system is standard, and an aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.
All 2017 Nissan GT-Rs are built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.
The new GT-R Track Edition has a starting price of USD 127,990 and will be available late second quarter in North America.