Nissan GT-R Track

Hard-core Track edition proves that Nissan’s Godzilla still has plenty of fire in its belly

nissan-gtr-trackIf I had not looked at the spec sheet beforehand, I’d have sworn that the GT-R Track was at least 125kg lighter than the standard car (if you can call a regular GT-R ‘standard’). There is a very modest 5kg saving but the sensation of lightness is promoted by the taut chassis. Unlike the GT-R Premium, where you can just potter along as though you are in a Pulsar, the Track feels constantly on edge, like it’s just consumed two Red Bulls. It wants to go. Always.

It looks more on edge, too. You can see the effort put into the Track edition, deeper splitter here, extra air ducting there and a rear wing that is full of purpose and intent. It looks like a detuned Nismo product rather than a tuned-up Nissan one.

Leaving the pits I can instantly feel the true purpose of this car and I find myself mentally congratulating Nissan on creating a car that actually deserves the word ‘Track’ associated with it. It’s not merely a marketing-department ‘Track’ car.

Where the Premium feels stable, the Track feels ready to bite. That ‘bite’ zone is where the GT-R Track truly entertains and rewards in equal measure.

You find yourself braking deeper and deeper, trying to keep it in the entertaining zone of being just unsettled. Here, just over the edge, is where the Track comes alive and where it really delivers. That tightness allows turn-in that is scarcely believable for a car with four driven wheels. Where the GT-R Premium points and squirts out of corners, the Track punches and attacks. When you get a little offline you simply aim where you want to be, ignore the nervousness (both yours and the cars, but mainly yours) and push harder on the accelerator. The GT-R just snaps itself (and you) back into order.

I have no doubt that the Track would smoke the regular Premium GT-R on back roads as well, but I think its pointiness would make the experience a sweaty one. Best to keep its exploits to the title of its badge.

For once the word Track being applied to a road car actually makes total sense. But it is track first and road second. That said, no one will trouble you on the way to the track and, based on our experience, very few people will trouble you once there. The Track edition is an amplified GT-R.

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