The long-awaited 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition now has a price: it's $116,710, a healthy sum but a relative bargain considering it's supposed to be Nissan's most agile Godzilla yet.
As we reported before, the GT-R is still available in base "Premium" and mid-level "Black Edition" trim levels. The former will cost you $100,590, while the latter commands a $110,300 premium (both prices include a $1000 destination charge). But 150 lucky individuals with the cash (or American Express Centurion card) to burn can shell out $116,710 for a limited-run Track Edition.
All 2014 GT-Rs come with the same engine and transmission--a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 making 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque--but engineers worked on increasing responsiveness and torque in the 4500-6000 rpm range, as well as acceleration when the needle passes six grand. The result, we hear, is a car with the same numbers as before, but better performance where it counts…on the track.
To keep this power party under control, the Track Edition adds some major changes to the ride/handling/stopping package. The four-wheel independent suspension now features Bilstein DampTronic gas shock absorbers and firmer springs. There are new "cooling guides" designed to divert cold air towards the brakes (to increase performance) and lashes of carbon fiber on the front diffuser and rear spoiler. Inside, the rear seats are removed and replaced with a lightweight cloth mat. The front seats wear a special "high-grip" leather/fabric seats designed to hold the driver/passenger in place in the corners. The wheels are familiar by now: they're black, six-spoke, lightweight RAYS models that appear on the Black Edition.
Here's where things get tricky: the GT-R Track Edition is likely the fastest (or at least the best-handling) GT-R of the moment, but there's still talk of another, more capable model--the Nismo.
Autocar reports that the long-rumored (and then confirmed) GT-R Nismo is still on and has progressed to the testing stage. Nismo's consumer division is reportedly working with its Japanese Super GT race team to bring many of the racecar's upgrades to the street; those upgrades include better aerodynamics and more power. How much more power? That's still a big question mark, although Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer reportedly called it "the fastest GT-R ever" and said "there will be an extra kick." The car will reportedly make its worldwide debut at the Tokyo auto show this November.
Sources: Nissan, Autocar