2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition First Look | Edmunds

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition First Look

Splitting the Difference Between Its Stablemates


It's hard to believe that the Nissan GT-R in its current generation has been with us since 2009. The high-performance coupe has been through a continuous evolution in the intervening years, bringing more comfort, capability and of course performance with seemingly every model year. In 2017 the GT-R received its most substantial update yet, including the Track Edition that hasn't been seen stateside since its solo showing in 2014.

The GT-R Track Edition is a hybrid in the more traditional sense of the term — it borrows some of its DNA from both of its stablemates. It dips heavily into the Premium's closet, snags some zoomy bits lifted from the Nismo, then throws in some unique componentry just to properly accessorize. Topping off the Track Edition is its limited-edition billing, which only enhances its desirability among the GT-R faithful.

No, the Track Edition doesn't receive the 600-hp engine from the Nismo. In fact, its 565-hp twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 is lifted intact from the Premium, as is the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Will you miss the Nismo's additional 35 hp? Possible, but unlikely.

The Track Edition's body shell, like the Nismo's, includes the addition of structural adhesive to complement the usual spot welds. The Track Edition's wider front fenders, rear bumper, 20-inch Rays wheels (a half-inch wider up front than the Premium's wheels) and tires are also straight from the Nismo while its suspension tuning is unique, with higher-rate springs than the Premium and revalved dampers. Finally, it receives a matte-finish carbon fiber wing on the decklid and unique Recaro seats and cabin treatment.

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Despite its billing, the GT-R Track Edition isn't some stripped-out, hard-core track day special. Its 3,915-pound curb weight is just 14 pounds trimmer than that of the Premium, and the cabin has essentially all of the amenities of that trim level. There are no options. The Track Edition commands $18,000 over the Premium, which is a lot but is a far cry from the Nismo's exorbitant MSRP.

Regardless, given its limited-edition status, every Track Edition that Nissan plans on allowing to run free on our soil is sure to find a home. Track Editions are built to order starting this summer.

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