2013 Chicago Auto Show: Nissan debuts the 2014 GT-R Track Edition

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2013

Nissan unveiled today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the 2014 GT-R Track Edition, a version that promises to take the supercar to another level. The new GT-R Track Edition is powered by the same V6 engine delivering 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. The engine is bolted to the same 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

Inside, the car features special-blue-trimmed high-grip front seats, the 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, but also the well-known video game-inspired multi-function display with 11 pages of available information.

An 11-speaker Bose audio system is also offered as standard and features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area.

Streaming Audio via Bluetooth is also standard. What is more interesting is that the 2014 GT-R Track Edition has no rear seats for a lower curb weight. Regarding the exterior design, the GT-R Track Edition features special metallic black six-spoke RAYS forged lightweight wheels but also the handmade dry carbon fiber rear spoiler.

The 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will go on sale in May 2013 but you’d better hurry if you want one as the production will be limited to 150 cars for the U.S. market.

Nissan is now selling the newest version of its Godzilla – the Nissan GT-R – in Europe and Japan (as model year 2013) and in the United States (as MY 2014). Compared to the previous model, the new GT-R is now more stable, more responsive and has sharper handling.

Powering the new 2013 GT-R is the revised version of the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that doesn’t only deliver 550 PS, but also offers enhanced responses from the mid and upper rpm levels. This revised engine is complemented by several tweaks on dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar. As a result, the new GT-R has become more stable in high speeds and boasts of enhanced traction and a more refined ride.

Compared to the previous model, the new Nissan GT-R is quicker by 0.1 second on the sprint, accelerating from zero to 62mph (0 to 100km/h) in just 2.7 seconds. In a highly impressive feat, the new GT-R completed the Nürburgring road circuit in just seven minutes and 19.1 seconds during a test run in May 2012, a few seconds faster than its immediate predecessor (7 minutes and 21 seconds). According to GT-R creator Kazutoshi Mizuno, around 0.5 second was lost to traffic during that test, implying that the newest iteration of the GT-R could complete the Nürburgring road circuit in seven minutes and 18.6 seconds.

As always, the GT-R is a showcase of the latest technologies that Nissan could come up with. In fact, the latest tweaks made on the newest GT-R were results of the data derived from the 2012 Nürburgring 24-Hour race in Germany, where two near-production GT-R models were fielded. As a result, the new Nissan GT-R continues its legacy as a four-wheel-drive super-coupé.

Press Release

Nissan GT-R Track Edition

The 2014 model year features the introduction of a third and most exclusive model – the GT-R Track Edition. This new model is 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. Production of the GT-R Track Edition is limited to 150 cars for the U.S. market.

Said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan North America, Inc.: "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.

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. 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.

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