The Nissan GT-R Track Pack carries a premium that’s only worth it if you plan on taking your GT-R on to the track regularly

Our Verdict

Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Track Edition GT-R takes key elements from the range-topping GT-R Nismo and offers them at a more affordable price

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    Nissan GT-R Track Pack

    The Nissan GT-R Track Pack carries a premium that’s only worth it if you plan on taking your GT-R on to the track regularly

What is it?

You hardly need an introduction to the Nissan GT-R. It is likely that there have been more published words sacrificed on the GT-R’s altar than on any rival, even the ubiquitous Porsche 911. The sub-£75k, 542bhp, four-wheel drive coupé has become a giant-slayer of the first order.

So, meet the Nissan GT-R Track Pack. A more focused version that retains exactly the same bi-turbo V6 powertrain and four-wheel drive system but which gets stiffer springs and increased rigidity, lighter Nismo alloys and improved brake cooling. It also loses the rear seats (this, together with the wheels, saves around 20kg) and gets new sports seats that utilise a special ‘grippy’ material to help keep your body in place against the fierce g-forces the GT-R creates in an offhand manner.

For all this extra trickery you will pay a £10k premium, bringing the Track Pack in at £84,480.

What’s it like?

Get it onto a circuit, and it’s clear that the Track Pack has been dialed a notch towards being more playful; a subtle attempt to make the GT-R feel as if it’s relying more on the driver and less on its extravagantly complex four-wheel drive system. It’s keener to step-out, to give you the opportunity to unsettle it should you wish to. That will be a good thing for many.

There’s no doubting that the improved brake cooling, which Nissan claims can reduce operating temperature by up to 100 degrees during heavy use, will be appreciated by anyone who has discovered how quickly non-carbon brakes can fade when stopping a 1.7-tonne car repeatedly from insane speeds.

We can’t comment on how the firmer springs affect the on-road usability of the GT-R as we only had the chance to drive it on a track. All the adaptive elements of the GT-R, including the three damper settings, are still present but the standard GT-R is unforgiving in terms of its ride quality and the Track Pack is unlikely to improve that.

Should I buy one?

The Track Pack pushes the limits of being justifiable. Not because it isn’t exceptional – even at this price, the outrageous performance and handling makes it digitally clear that the GT-R is as much a milestone as ever. But the differences this upgraded car offers are subtle, and it’s a significant premium. Plus, if track use is such a priority, you’d be better off with something more pure – think lighter and rear-wheel drive – even if that comes at the cost of outright pace.

Even so, when it comes to an £80k super-coupé for occasional track use, the GT-R is still unbeatable. We’d have the standard car and spend the £10k we’d saved on enjoying it.

Nissan GT-R Track Pack

Price: £84,480; 0-62mph: 2.8sec; Top speed: 196mph; Economy: 24mpg; CO2: 275g/km; Kerbweight: 1740kg (est); Engine type: V6, 3799cc, twin-turbocharged; Power: 542bhp at 6400rpm; Torque: 623lb ft at 3200-5800rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd dual-clutch transmission

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26 April 2012

0-62mph in 2.8 seconds. I know that's the same, but I'm still struggling to get over that, especially when the car handles well, is practical, is loaded with kit and is such good value. I'd get the ordinary GT-R. It's one of the best cars on sale, if not the best.

26 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

0-62mph in 2.8 seconds. I know that's the same, but I'm still struggling to get over that, especially when the car handles well, is practical, is loaded with kit and is such good value. I'd get the ordinary GT-R. It's one of the best cars on sale, if not the best.

[/quote] And it's reliable and - short(ish) service-intervals aside - hassle-free to run, and can manage 27+mpg on a long run. :)

26 April 2012

[quote 6th.replicant][quote Fidji]

0-62mph in 2.8 seconds. I know that's the same, but I'm still struggling to get over that, especially when the car handles well, is practical, is loaded with kit and is such good value. I'd get the ordinary GT-R. It's one of the best cars on sale, if not the best.

[/quote] And it's reliable and - short(ish) service-intervals aside - hassle-free to run, and can manage 27+mpg on a long run. :)[/quote]

It's making me awfully tempted to utter the phrase that's notorious for starting a huge debate! I'll leave that to someone else. The Special One, perhaps...

But yes, it is the ultimate car in my opinion. It does pretty much everything really well and it's a bargain. And it's faster than a Veyron round a track!

26 April 2012

The GT-R is an impressive car but I wouldn't buy one. The reasons, for me, are simple: it's ugly, it's not rwd, it's turbo.

27 April 2012

I can't help thinking the extra "playfulness" of the chassis set up will be dialled out by the inevitable semi slick track day rubber that it's owners will fit later in the cars life.

However, I can't help thinking this is an "all the gear, no idea" car, purchased by the sort of person who wants to look good on track but without the talent.

Don't get me wrong, the base car is an awesome piece of equipment but this does seem to be a step in the wrong direction.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 April 2012

Ticks every box. Even looks good. So why don't I want one?

27 April 2012

[quote Lesia44]Ticks every box. Even looks good. So why don't I want one?[/quote]

Know exactly what you mean!! A car to be borrowed but not owned.


27 April 2012

Those wheels, on a standard GT-R, in that lovely dark blue colour. Good God I want a GT-R :(

27 April 2012

[quote bomb]

[quote Lesia44]Ticks every box. Even looks good. So why don't I want one?[/quote]

Know exactly what you mean!! A car to be borrowed but not owned.

[/quote]

maybe it's not a German or Italian badged car?

27 April 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

I can't help thinking the extra "playfulness" of the chassis set up will be dialled out by the inevitable semi slick track day rubber that it's owners will fit later in the cars life.

However, I can't help thinking this is an "all the gear, no idea" car, purchased by the sort of person who wants to look good on track but without the talent.

Don't get me wrong, the base car is an awesome piece of equipment but this does seem to be a step in the wrong direction.

[/quote] Sorry Teg, but you've got to have some talent not just big man vegetables, i don't think it's a doddle to drive quick no matter how many safety nets it has,and yes, if your rich enough, nobody will stop you buying one regardless of whether you've got 20 yrs experience behind you or 2 months!,besides good drivers should drive on the road observing the rules of the road, on the track?,well, that's where the skill comes in,with large margins (run off's) if we get a bit excited,no, the car still needs the human interface, it doesn't drive itself, does it?

Peter Cavellini.

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