Just when we thought the 2014 Nissan GT-R couldn’t get any better, Nissan proved us wrong. The company announced the launch of the new GT-R Track Edition today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which will join the 2014 GT-R lineup.
While the new Track Edition delivers the same output level as the standard GT-R, the updates made to the suspension, the addition of new fuel injectors and an oil pan baffle make it far better than the standard version.
In order to distinguish it from the standard version, the new Track Edition includes an array of modifications to the interior and exterior on top of the suspension improvements.
Deliveries for the new GT-R Track Edition will begin in May 2013. It will be limited to only 150 units.
So, is the new Track Edition worth whatever price hike that Nissan will place on it?
UPDATE 5/1/2013: Nissan has just revealed the pricing details on the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. See more after the jump.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition and find out.
On the exterior, the new GT-R Track Edition is basically identical to the standard version. It gets large hood bulge, enlarged central air intake, super-wide-beam headlights and front fenders with "aero-blades.”
However, in order to differentiate it from the rest of the lineup, the new Track Edition receives a front spoiler with carbon-fiber air ducts, plus a handmade, lightweight dry-carbon-fiber rear spoiler that helps increase aerodynamic downforce.
Customers can choose between five exterior colors: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic and Pearl White.
For the interior, the new Track Edition has dropped the rear seats, while the front ones use a special leather and fabric appointments. The rest will be pretty much identical to the standard GT-R and will include a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large, center-mounted tachometer; a large, metallic-framed center console with ergonomically designed shift lever; a red "engine start" button and carbon-fiber interior trim.
The model will include the same video-game-inspired multi-function display, which offers no less than 11 pages of available information, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback.
Other features include:
Navigation system with NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities
Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
11-speaker Bose® audio system featuring two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area
Streaming Audio via Bluetooth
Under the hood, the model keeps the usual 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, but for the Track Edition version the engine receives new fuel injectors for enhanced torque response and improved throttle and acceleration feel, plus an oil pan baffle to stabilize oil turbulence and oil pressure under high performance driving conditions. Hm, that sort of reminds us of the JDM-Spec GT-R.
The engine delivers a total of 545 horsepower and a peak torque of 463 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an advanced paddle-shifted sequential six-speed dual-clutch transmission and sends power to all four wheels via the new ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability.
Cylinders / configuration
Block / head composition
545 @ 6,400 RPM
463 pound-feet @ 3,200 – 5,800 RPM
Bore & stroke (mm)
95.5 x 88.4 (Plasma sprayed bore)
Compression ratio (:1)
Maximum engine speed
Suspension and Brakes
The new Track Edition’s suspension has been specially developed at the Nürburgring Circuit by GT-R development driver, Toshio Suzuki, so it’s no wondering why it’s better than ever.
The new suspension system includes Bilstein DampTronic gas-pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates. This setup helps deliver improved damping force and handling capacities.
Nissan also refined the front and rear brakes, combining them with a new set of forged lightweight wheels finished in metallic black in six-spoke design. The wheels are wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat tires.
The new Nissan GT-R Track Edition will go on sale in May 2013. It will be limited to only 150 units. The Track Edition comes in at $115,710, which does not include the $1,000 destination and handling charge.
Nissan’s declared competitor for the GT-R remains the Porsche 911 Turbo, and in the past few years, the GT-R was winning. We’ll just have to see what the new-generation 911 Turbo will bring to the table.
Rumors suggest the new 911 Turbo will be powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that will deliver about 550 horsepower - a little bit more than the GT-R, if rumors turn out to be true. Still, as most of the Porsche models look very similar, we are going to say that the GT-R is far better looking car - and we are pretty sure you agree.
Of course, if you are looking for a pure sports coupe, there are many more out there, but most of them are considerably more expensive than the GT-R. Like the Audi R8 GT, which is priced at $196,800.
The R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower - 15 horsepower more than the GT-R. Even with the extra ponies, we still cannot find enough reasons to pay an extra $100k for it.
The new Nissan GT-R Track Edition drops the rear seats, which means it has been specially designed for those drivers looking for a real road racer. It gets improved suspension and brakes, so you can better handle it on the race track - and on the roads, given you can find one that allows you to push it to the limit. The problem is that only 150 lucky owners will enjoy it!
Looks very aggressive
Highly equipped interior
The new Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which makes its U.S. debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, is the third and most exclusive model in the 2014 GT-R lineup. Designed to take Nissan’s legendary 545-horsepower street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine, it features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside. It is set to go on sale at select GT-R certified Nissan dealerships nationwide beginning in May 2013. Production will be limited to 150 cars for the U.S. market.
Said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas: "The concept behind the GT-R Track Edition is to enable drivers who enjoy even more demanding high-performance driving than the GT-R Premium and Black Edition models’ extreme performance, the chance to come closer to a competition spec vehicle – no back seat, stiffer suspension, higher grip seats, additional brake cooling – the works."
Changes to the GT-R’s sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension for the Track Edition include specialized Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates. Much of the 2014 GT-R’s suspension development took place on the Nürburgring, one of the world’s most challenging racing circuits, where the Track Edition damping force and handling benchmarks were further refined by GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki. The Track Edition’s air guides for the front and rear brakes were also refined through rigorous track testing.
The Track Edition’s performance enhancements are added to a significant number of upgrades to the GT-R for the 2014 model year, ranging from the adoption of new fuel injectors for enhanced torque response in the 4,500 – 6,000 rpm range and improved throttle and acceleration feel at mid- and high-rpm ranges, to the addition of an oil pan baffle to stabilize oil turbulence and oil pressure under high performance driving conditions. An aluminum nameplate is now added to each hand-assembled engine bearing the name of the specially trained "Takumi" craftsman who built that individual engine.
In addition to developing 545 horsepower, the GT-R’s standard VR38DETT V6 produces 463 lb-ft of torque. The engine 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 (0.15 seconds). The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.
The Nissan GT-R’s unique Premium Midship platform, created expressly for use with the GT-R, enables the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate.
In the interior, the new GT-R Track Edition includes special blue-trimmed high-grip front seats that use a special leather and fabric appointments. And, like all 2014 GT-Rs, the Track Edition’s interior offers a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer, a large metallic-framed center console with ergonomically designed shift lever, a red "engine start" button and carbon fiber interior trim.
The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display with 11 pages of available information, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).
All 2014 GT-R models include a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system that features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is also standard.
Finishing off the GT-R Track Edition’s special features are a handmade, lightweight dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels mounted with Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled tires. (Both the wheels and spoiler are also offered on the Black Edition.) The rear spoiler’s lightweight GT-R specific dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong, contributing to increased aerodynamic downforce.
The GT-R Track Edition is offered in five exterior colors: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic and Pearl White.
Concluded Loing: "The new Track Edition sends the message that when it come to Nissan GT-R performance, there is no endpoint. We will continue to push its development and keep the competition in the rearview mirror. The legend continues."