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2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: At a Glance (Press Release)

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: At a Glance

Following the extensive changes to the 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO models – which represent the most significant makeover to the iconic GT-R since its launch in the U.S. as a 2009 model – a new GT-R Track Edition joins the lineup in spring 2017. The GT-R Track Edition was previously offered for just one model year in the U.S., 2014.

The limited production GT-R Track Edition is designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Premium and features elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO. The GT-R Track Edition retains the GT-R Premium model’s 565-horsepower engine rating (versus the GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower rating).

The Track Edition’s performance features start under the skin with additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding), which helps increase body shell rigidity versus the GT-R Premium model. The NISMO-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness (versus GT-R Premium). Other standard equipment includes GT-R NISMO front fenders, 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels and dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler1. Inside, the Track Edition interior includes a unique red and black color treatment with high-grip, motorsports-inspired Recaro® seats.

The 2017 GT-R’s new dynamic styling (all models) is both attractive and functional. The “V-motion” grille, one of Nissan’s design signatures, has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. A new hood, featuring pronounced character lines flowing flawlessly from the grille, has been reinforced to enhance stability during high speed driving. One new four-coat premium exterior paint color, Blaze Metallic, has been added to the exterior paint palette.

The GT-R Track Edition’s sporty, red and black interior treatment features standard leather-appointed Recaro® front bucket seats. The simplified switch layout includes just 11 switches, along with an 8-inch capacitive touch panel monitor. The standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow drivers to make mid-turn gear changes without taking their hands off the wheel.

The GT-R Track Edition also includes standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, which allows users to use a smartphone to remotely lock or unlock the car doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car if it is stolen (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). Standard on all models is a RearView Monitor.

Like the 2017 GT-R Premium, the GT-R Track Edition offers a 565-horsepower hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with standard Titanium exhaust system. The Bose® audio sound system features Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement technologies to help filter out unwanted noise and retain excitement during spirited driving. Acoustic glass and targeted sound dampening help reduce the intrusion of wind and road noise into the GT-R Track Edition cabin.

All GT-R engines are hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians known as Takumi, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.

The 2017 GT-R Track Edition’s refined powerplant is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

All 2017 Nissan GT-Rs are built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability. Total vehicle adjustability is provided by set-up switches located in the center of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) among three settings – Normal, Special or R.

Highlights of the 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition include:


  • Aggressive front end with signature “V-Motion” grille (enlarged to provide better air flow and engine cooling), GT-R NISMO front fenders
  • Addition of adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) for increased body shell rigidity
  • Reinforced hood featuring pronounced character lines, freshly designed front bumper and spoiler lip
  • Enhanced rear styling and air flow with functional side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips
  • Pushed out side sills designed to improve air flow
  • 0.26 coefficient of drag, while achieving high front and rear downforce
  • Hybrid body construction of steel, die-cast aluminum and carbon fiber
  • Standard multi-LED headlights – the four LED units are configured with intensive LED high beam and three different LED low beams, including long-distance illumination and wide-illumination
  • Auto on/off headlights and speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Integrated high intensity LED running lights and plated parts for the headlight inner panels, enhancing the GT-R’s strong visual presence
  • GT-R hallmark four-ring taillights, which form coherent circles of illumination
  • Four-passenger cabin with sloping “aero blade canopy” roofline and curved C-pillar “sword edge,” which together facilitate air flow around the rear of the vehicle
  • Airflow above and below the vehicle is managed by a functional carbon fiber underbody diffuser and rear spoiler
  • Handmade dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler1
  • Five available exterior colors: Solid Red, Jet Black, 4-stage metallic Super Silver, Pearl White and Blaze Metallic

Platform, Engine and Driveline

  • Advanced Premium Midship platform, enabling use of the world’s first independent rear transaxle all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate completely independently
  • Exclusive hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with nameplate designating the individual Takumi engine builder
  • 565 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm, 467 lb-ft of torque @ 3,300 – 5,800 rpm; LEV2/ULEV emission vehicle rating
  • Plasma-sprayed bores for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency
  • Individual ignition timing control of the cylinders
  • Symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin IHI turbochargers
  • Secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance
  • Thermostatically controlled oil cooling system; oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; lateral wet and dry sump oiling system
  • Incorporation of high-output injectors that more precisely control fuel injection to improve mid-range engine response and acceleration at higher rpms
  • Specially designed baffle plate in the oil pan, designed to better stabilize oil pressure during high-performance driving
  • Standard Titanium exhaust system with Exhaust Sound Control
  • Paddle-shifted sequential six-speed dual clutch transmission; manual and automatic modes
  • Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (previously steering column mounted)
  • Rear transaxle features separate clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears; sequential shifting; gear pre-selection for quick shifts
  • Hill Start Assist for easy starts on an uphill incline
  • Electronically-controlled ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system
  • Rear-drive bias, up to 50 percent of torque can be transmitted to the front wheels when needed, torque split continuously variable depending on speed, lateral and transverse acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate
  • GT-R specific yaw-rate feedback control, measuring differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle; actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias

Suspension and Braking

  • NISMO-tuned suspension with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness, specialized Bilstein® DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and spring rates
  • Special “set-up switches” located in the center of the instrument panel; adjusts transmission, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R), three settings – Normal, Special or R
  • 4-wheel independent suspension mounted to six-point front and rear subframes
  • 15.35-inch front and 15.0-inch rear Brembo® full-floating cross-drilled two-piece rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads, radial-mounted Brembo® monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, which in combination minimize fade and provide intense stopping performance
  • Lightweight NISMO 6-spoke RAYS® aluminum-alloy forged, black finish
  • NISMO/Track Edition exclusive-tuned nitrogen-filled Dunlop® Sports Maxx GT600 ultra high performance run-flat tires F: 255/40ZRF20, R: 285/35ZRF20 (NR1)
  • Wheels feature special knurling to assist with securing the tires during hard acceleration or braking

Interior Features

  • Interior designed to balance functionality, comfort and premium feeling
  • Instrument panel shape adopts a “horizontal flow,” which delivers a sense of increased stability for the front seat occupants
  • Display Command control, located on the center console – allows operation without stretching forward to touch the monitor
  • Optimal driving position provided by rear transaxle layout, with flat floor and narrow center console
  • Driver-surrounding instrument panel, with all meters and multi-function meter at a uniform height to minimize the driver’s head movement; new carbon-style meter cluster finish
  • Large center-mounted tachometer, with gear display on its upper right, as well as the easy-to-read graphics of the multi-function display, give the driver instant detailed information
  • Interior design cues include “dial plate” meter-surround design that evokes the idea of engaged gears, large, metallic-framed center console featuring ergonomically designed shift lever and a red “engine start” button
  • Usable passenger and luggage space – four passenger seating and trunk capacity of two golf bags or suitcases
  • Unique Red and Black interior color treatment
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Leather-appointed Recaro® performance front bucket seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Soft pads located on the dash panels in front of the passenger and on both doors to give an extra level of comfort
  • A video game-inspiredmulti-function display with multiple pages of mechanical and driving information available, including acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle; system designed in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, creators of Gran Turismo electronic game
  • Standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services Navigation system featuring 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD Radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, SiriusXM® Traffic, SiriusXM® Travel LinkÔ (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports) (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, NissanConnect Mobile Apps and NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Standard specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system, two forward-facing woofers in rear center armrest area; speakers mounted in rigid aluminum die cast panels
  • Standard USB iPod® interface
  • Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) system
  • Standard RearView Monitor


  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System for driver and front passenger
  • Standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags for driver and front passenger
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front seat occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Three-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts

Models and Manufacturing

  • Nissan GT-R Track Edition, no options
  • Also offered in GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO models (for information, please visit
  • Vehicle assembly in Tochigi, Japan; engines hand-assembled in Yokohama, Japan

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1. Dry carbon fiber requires specific maintenance. Please see Owner’s Manual for details.

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