Picture Gallery: 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Nissan has confirmed its US pricing of the GT-R Track Edition, and as expected it carries a slight premium over the standard model, despite being offered with two seats less than the standard GT-R.

One wonders though, what sort of lifespan it will have, given the current development of the GT-R Nismo. The new Nismo version, if you remember, will be “the ultimate GT-R – the fastest ever” and should reach the market by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the UK then tick the box marked ‘GT-R Track Pack’ – priced £86,610, or for Nissan’s US customers there’s now the Track Edition at $115,710 (c. £74,500).

NISSAN-GT-R-TrackEdition_G15Nissan U.S. describe this finish as ‘dry’ carbon fibre. It’s unique to the US market and requires careful maintenance.

Although powered by the same 542bhp (545hp in the US) 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, it offers a specially tuned suspension, optimised brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fibre air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats used to be.

There’s also a lightweight rear spoiler made from unpainted carbon fibre, which requires special (i.e. no car washes) maintenance.

Changes to the GT-R’s suspension include the fitment of special Bilstein DampTronic shock absorbers combined with stiffer springs, all honed within an optimised setup developed at the Nürburgring.

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Finally, special metallic black six-spoke RAYS forged wheels are fitted together with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT run-flat tyres, filled with nitrogen gas.

While $115,710 sounds a snip compared to the $130,400 (c. £84,000) asked by Porsche for the new 911 GT3, Nissan’s GT-R is beginning to look pricey against some of its home-grown American opposition – Chevrolet’s new Corvette Stingray coupé retails at just $51,995 (c. £33,500) while a further $5,295 gets the Z51 Performance Package and Competition sports seats.