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Overdrive: Nissan GT-R Track Edition is a race car for the roads

The mini Godzilla returns. Yes, the car that makes amateurs look like Le Mans drivers is back. This year, Nissan has gifted us the GT-R Track Edition, just the car for those who want an ultimate grand tourer with pizzazz but not quite the full NISMO works.

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Nissan debuted the new GT-R Track Edition at the New York International Auto Show 2017. (Image: Nissan)

Recently debuted at the New York International Auto Show, the car will be available on the road by late summer. The behemoth of a machine has the GT-R Premium’s 565hp, 633Nm of torque, 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo engine hand-built by four special engineers lovingly referred to as “Takumi” — the Japanese word for “master craftsman”.

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The Takumi of Yokohama’s GT-R factory. From left to right: Izumi Shioya, Nobumitsu Gozu, Takumi Kurosawa, Tsunemi Oyama. (Image: Nissan)

This is a term solely reserved for those who are at the very top of their profession. Nissan is so proud of this process, that the engineer who builds the engine has his name engraved on an aluminium plaque placed on the front — a reminder of the high level of craftsmanship and expertise that went into building each one.

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The Takumi’s name adorns the engine he hand-built. (Image: Nissan)

So in typical Japanese style, to honour the Takumi who painstakingly made this engineering masterpiece happen, you should take a moment to open the bonnet every morning for an approving bow before taking her out.

And believe us, you’re going to be wanting to take her out every. single. morning.

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
20-inch NISMO forged aluminium-alloy wheels help drive the new Nissan GT-R Track Edition. (Image: Nissan)

This Track Edition also features additional adhesive bonding and spot welding to increase body shell rigidity, along with Nismo-tuned advanced four-wheel independent suspension, which adds roll stiffness while reducing weight. Add a couple of Nismo-spec tyres to the equation, and even a Porsche GT3 won’t be able to get close to you on a track or your local B-road.

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A special dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler comes as standard. (Image: Nissan)

Despite GT-R’s prices rising quite substantially since its introduction almost 10 years ago, the Nissan GT-R Track Edition is slated to still be priced reasonably between the standard GT-R and its Nismo version.

However, the latest variant does receive a lot of expensive materials as standard. These include a special carbon fibre dry rear spoiler, a titanium exhaust, and the above-mentioned 20-inch Nismo-forged aluminium alloy wheels.

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Premium Recaro bucket seats accentuate the sportiness of the car. (Image: Nissan)

The bold exterior looks are carried on inside with special red and black Recaro seats. A pedigree in the racing department, the German firm is known for its bucket seats, so sliding around while negotiating tight corners will no longer be an issue. You’ll be glued to your seat.

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Soundtracks come courtesy of Bose speakers, which plays both music and enhanced engine noise for an elevated driving experience. (Image: Nissan)

A high-tech Bose sound system will keep unwanted noise out. On the occasion in which you want to — as Nissan puts it, “retain excitement during spirited driving” — the engine noise can be enhanced to make you feel like you are driving a race car. A fast-shifting, six-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system means you’ll have one hell of a ride.

Whether you’re doing a grocery run or taking on the Karussell at Nordschleife, the GT-R Track Edition is at home everywhere.

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
The Nissan GT-R Track Edition is one that will navigate though even the trickiest tracks. (Image: Nissan)

The Nissan GT-R Track Edition sits comfortably between the conventional 542hp GT-R and the extreme 600hp GT-R Nismo. Nissan might have preserved the model’s iconic shape, but this one is still ballistically fast, both in a straight line and around corners. The GT-R isn’t a car that’s content to merely own the roads; it relishes every inch of track tarmac and this special edition is clearly proof of it.


Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.