2014 may not have brought big changes for the Nissan GT-R, but it has definitely marked the proliferation of special-edition models. Joining the GT-R Premium and Black Edition in dealerships this May is the GT-R Track Edition.
Changes to transform the GT-R from Black to Track edition are actually quite minimal. The major difference comes in the form of the suspension, which has been specially tuned to better suit track performance. Nissan's engineers tweaked the standard Bilstein adjustable dampers and stiffened spring rates, too.
The powertrain is carry-over from the other GT-R models, and that's not a bad thing. A 545-hp, 463-lb-ft, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 sends its power through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission to all-four wheels
A rigorous testing regimen conducted at Germany's famed Nuerburgring by GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki verified the new, higher level of performance for the Track Edition. Suzuki's testing also influenced some minor exterior upgrades made to the GT-R. Track Edition cars receive special brake cooling guides, a subtly revised front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, and a number of weight-saving tricks - the most notable of which is the deletion of the rear seat that's been replaced by a quilted cloth mat. There are also metallic black, six-spoke RAYS forged lightweight wheels shod in ultra-high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT tires and a new, handmade, lightweight dry carbon fiber rear spoiler.
The interior is where Godzilla enthusiasts will see the most change: aside from the missing backseat, the front seats recieve a functional and aesthetic upgrade. While the Track Edition uses the same seats as other GT-R models, they are wrapped in blue-trimmed, high-grip fabric and leather. It's definitely a distinctive look.
Nissan will sell just 150 copies of the 2014 GT-R Track Edition in the U.S. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but given that the 2013 GT-R Black Edition starts at $107,320 including destination, expect the Track Edition to start somewhere north of $110,000.