Nissan is adding a third GT-R model that will slot in between the Premium trim and hotted-up NISMO. The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is heading to the New York auto show next month before going on sale this summer
The name probably sounds familiar, and for good reason. Nissan previously offered a Track Edition GT-R in the U.S. for the 2014 model year.
Since entering the U.S. car scene in 2008, the GT-R has earned a reputation of matching or beating the performance of other prestigious sports cars including the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911. The 2017 Nissan GT-R retains its explosive performance, but boasts a number of improvements in the name of comfort and luxury.
The ever-evolving GT-R is more powerful than before. Nissan also reinforced the chassis to improve ride comfort and handling, while the interior boasts improved materials, a new steering wheel, a larger infotainment system, and more sound deadening material.
Powering the 2017 GT-R is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 565 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. It routes power to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and a high-tech all-wheel drive system. A GT-R NISMO offers more power at 600 hp and 481 lb-ft and features revised suspension tuning and an aero kit to improve track performance.
The 2017 Track Edition model receives a host of upgrades taken from NISMO, including its special front fenders, 20-inch wheels, tires, and performance-oriented suspension tuning.
The Track Edition also benefits from a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and an additional adhesive bonding that increases body rigidity over the base model. Look inside and you’ll notice a unique red and black interior. Standard features include Recaro front seats, NissanConnect with Navigation, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, Bose sound system, RearView Monitor, and a titanium exhaust system. A new standard 8-inch touchscreen, added as part of a 2017 model-year update for the GT-R, helps drivers control infotainment and navigation functions.
If you don’t need the 600 hp offered by the NISMO, the Track Edition is a much less expensive option to consider. Priced at $129,585, the Track Edition is neatly placed between the $111,685 Premium and the $176,685 NISMO.
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be available late this summer by special order only. The limited-production model will be offered as one fully equipped model with no option packages. Buyers can choose from one of five different exterior colors, including red, black, silver, white, and an orangey Blaze Metallic.
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