Nissan is adding yet another tier to the GT-R hierarchy for 2014 with the GT-R Track Edition. Debuting at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the bruiser ditches its back seat in the quest for a lower curb weight, and a set of more seriously bolstered front buckets keep occupants planted once the going gets twisty. The Nürburgring-developed Track Edition offers an integrated carbon fiber front splitter with brake cooling ducts as well as an even harder-core suspension. Engineers swapped the stock bits for special Bilstein DampTronic shocks and paired them with more aggressive springs.

The engine still delivers 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque and still relies on the split-second quickness of the standard GT-R's six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Expect to see just 150 examples of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition land on American shores starting this May. In the interim, check out the full press release below for more information.
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2014 NISSAN GT-R ADDS NEW "TRACK EDITION" TO U.S. LINEUP; EXCLUSIVE TWO-SEAT SUPERCAR'S SALES BEGIN IN MAY

• New Track Edition joins Premium and Black Edition models, allowing buyers to further specify their GT-R performance and equipment levels
• Specialized Track Edition suspension developed at famed Nürburgring Circuit by GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki
• Driver-oriented interior features high-grip seating surfaces, deletion of rear seat
• Body features include front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, brake cooling air guides


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."

*Dry carbon fiber requires specific maintenance. Please see Owner's Manual for details.


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      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the owner of a 2009 GT-R I can only think, "ho hum". For $105k+, you can buy a 2014 Corvette AND a 2013 Ford Focus ST. Hell, you could buy a Focus RS if it still existed.
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious as to why the gtr doesn't really sell well. It's obvious that it has kick ass performance. But sales are poor, so poor i'm surprised they still sell it. Is it the price? The fact it's made by nissan? People want rwd sports cars? I see a couple on a daily basis, looks better in person than in pics. And while i like the gtr, my money would still probably goto a zo6 or zr1. Even if the zo6 is slower, i can't help but think it would still be more fun.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
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        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jcar302
        For some people, getting up into the $100k range means that they also want a butt massager built into the seat, they want Scottish cow leather interior, and the exterior styling of the car must make everyone turn their heads and take notice. That the GT-R is a beast with a clear and overriding focus on performance is irrelevant to these guys, at $100k they want to be noticed. The GT-R at $70 - $80k would be a much stronger sell, IMO.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zzzzzz....
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was at a gas station and one pulled up next to me and I was like Meh.
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      DEAR NISSAN, PLEASE GET AN ITALIAN DESIGNER TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
        Adub
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mark
        Ferraris are not all designed by just Italians, and many of the greatest current Ferraris for that matter are not even penned by Italian blood. Designers for car companies are pulled from every race, gender, and origin yet sadly no particular one has more styling skills than the other. Car design comes from Brand DNA and the value each car company holds to their core values. If all brands copied each other style wise it would be blah all over the world. Styling makes brands unique and evokes the emotional response us gear heads get all giddy about. There are plenty of beautiful turds out there. And just because something is beautiful does not mean it will have long commercial success.
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        The car speaks for itself when it's given a fair chance.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        This car is about walking the walk, not talking the talk. Posers need not apply.
        rsxvue
        • 1 Year Ago
        Refer to the GTR v. Reventon video AB posted a while ago.
        Boost Retard
        • 1 Year Ago
        If I rolled up in this, I wouldn't feel the need to explain to the poseurs why it's cool. I'd just slam my right foot down and make myself smile.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        Maybe that's the point - some people care only about the car's performance, and don't really want to be singled out and gawked at everywhere they go.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's still a Nissan, the Ford of Imports.
      Will
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow those seats look like pep boys APC specials......
        Ross
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Will
        Absolutely agree. What's with the ugly blue accents???? LOL LOL
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aesthetically it sucks. Performance, AWESOME!
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care if this thing has 1,000 HP, I'm getting tired of it. When it launched, Nissan's excuse for its homely and ungainly looks was that it was all about aerodynamics - that form followed function. Well, plenty of auto companies can do aero and and sexy. I'm grumpy today.
        lne937s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brex
        Find another car that has as much downforce and still gets a .26 cD... A prius might beat it slightly on drag, but that car doesn\'t make downforce or have to cool a 545 hp engine. Regardless of how you feel about the looks, the GTR is functionally about as good as it gets aerodynamically.
          Brex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lne937s
          I didn't say it wasn't functional. I said it's ugly.
        Boost Retard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brex
        Sure, but not many of them are faster around a track where it counts. The ones that are have quite a bit more horsepower or are a lot lighter. Or both.
      Adub
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it is still a great car made by passionate gear heads that changed the world of cars for the better and I would say this even without owning one currently. (go ahead start with the fan boy hater banter) Every time a GTR pops up in an article on autoblog it is Ferrari this, or Lambo that, and how all these cars are more beautiful or how I love my Porsche more than that car. This is all great because to each his own and that is why a petrol heads passion hovers around brands they love. There are plenty of ugly things at Walmart that I would not touch with a 10 foot pole but as they yell at their spawns someone obviously liked it!!! The price hikes hurt it allot, the transmission is not some delicate flower, the maintenance is really no more than any car it competes against….tires, brakes, trans, etc etc. One does not have to service their cars at a Dealer and get bent over 9 times out of 10. But if one scraped up enough to even afford a car and thinks a warranty is there to save them is living in a dream world as the banter of I can’t race or use my GTR because warranty will be voided is nonsense fueled by the internet gospel. DROP it people regardless of the car you have to pay to play and NO mfg should warranty IDIOT. No car is perfect…. Ferrari’s and Lambos catch on fire, Hyundai’s lie about MPG, Toyotas and Audi have been witch hunted for accelerating on their own…..the list goes on and on. I drive a car for what it is and the thrill of enjoying a great car. Does not have to be beautiful, does not have to be the fastest, nor does it have to please everyone else. I am a petrol head through and through and wish more of the Hate spewers on this site took a step back and just enjoyed being petrol heads. Enjoy what you can afford….if it’s a Ferrari good…rock that……if it’s a Hyundai……rock that.
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