Nissan Unwraps the Track Pack for the GT-R
The Nissan GT-R might get a lot of hype, but the fact of the matter is most of it is deserved. Sure, purists balk at the crapton of computing power on board and operating everything from the dual-clutch transmission to the phalanx of electronic safety nets and performance aids, but we say so what? As an ensemble, this rolling supercomputer manages to make the laws of physics its bitches. Not too shabby for a roughly two-ton, four-seat coupe.
That’s not to say, of course, that the GT-R is meeting is capable of meeting its full potential when it rolls out of the factory. It’s heavy, not as stiffly sprung as it could be, and the brakes place roughly equal emphasis on performance and durability. Not exactly the optimum setup for hotlap after hotlap on the track. Luckily for the well-heeled track day junkies of the world, Nissan has devised a group of options collectively called the Track Pack that make Godzilla even more monstrous.
Arguably the most visible clue that the GT-R upon which you’re gazing is a set of black-painted six-spoke Rays wheels. These rims not only look sick, but also reduce unsprung weight and the relatively open spoke design aids brake cooling. Brake cooling is further enhanced by Track Pack-specific front (shown above) and rear cooling ducts. And keeping the brakes (relatively) cool means they’ll be up to the task of repeated high speed use.
But other upgrades mean you probably won’t have to slow down quite as much for some corners. The spring rates have been increased the squelch body roll and maximize the tires’ available grip. And just like with lesser GT-R’s, the dampers are electronically adjustable, so you can dial up a smoother ride for the drive to and from the track. Just don’t expect to bring more than one other person along; the Track Pack ditches the rear seats to reduce weight. As for the front seats, the Recaro buckets have been treated to beefier bolsters and a suede-like material that helps keep your posterior in place. There’s also a Track Pack plaque (Say that three times fast!) on the center console.
About the only area of the car that doesn’t get upgraded, however, is the drivetrain. The twin-turbo 3.8L V6 still makes 540hp, and it still sends power to all four wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. You won’t hear us complaining about that. One thing you might catch us whining about, however, is the price. Nissan U.K. (The package has only been announced for Britain so far.) has priced the Track Pack at 10,000 pounds, or about $15,000 over the cost of a base GT-R. Of course, collecting similar bits yourself might cost just as much, plus they could void the warranty and there’s no guarantee they’d all work together harmoniously. And who knows; the Track Pack, like the Japanese V-Spec version, might never come here, but we’re hoping it does.