Nissan GT-R gets the NISMO treatment for new Track Edition
Nissan has unveiled a new Track Edition of its flagship GT-R model. Based on the car's 2017 vintage, which premiered in March, it has been engineered by the marque's NISMO racing division, which has squeezed in a few more horses under the hood and added some stiffness and stability to the ride.
The Track Edition has the same hand-assembled 3.8-l twin-turbo V6 engine as the 2017 model, but kicks out 570 PS (562 hp/419 kW) compared to 565 PS (557 hp/415 kW) and 637 Nm (470 lb.ft) of torque compared to 633 Nm (467 lb.ft). To make the most of this extra power on the track, the exterior is more aerodynamically refined and Nissan has sought to increase both straight-line and cornering stability.
Among the hardware additions aimed at aiding track performance are bespoke Bilstein Damptronic suspension and a new anti-roll bar, the latter having been brought in to stiffen things up but to keep weight down. There are also new NISMO Racing Black forged 20-in aluminum wheels and a wider front bumper.
Despite seeking to limit weight in other areas, Nissan hasn't opted for a stripped down interior. In fact, it's gone premium, with an 8-in touchscreen infotainment system and a Bose soundsystem.
Elsewhere, there are a few aspects of the GT-R Track Edition that are market-specific. Carbon-backed Recaro seats are standard in Germany, for example, but black and red GT-R Black Edition seats are standard in France and the UK. There's also a carbon rear spoiler as standard in France and the UK that is only optional in Germany.
When all's said and done, the tweaks made don't trouble the GT-R NISMO, which sits at the top of the GT-R pecking order, but they do slot the Track Edition in above the Premium, Prestige and Black Editions.
If you want to get your hands on one, you'll be looking at €118,900 (about US$134,000), with deliveries scheduled to begin from November. Nissan tells New Atlas that the GT-R Track Edition release will focus on Germany, France and the UK, but that the car will be available to suitors elsewhere, too.