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2013 Nissan GT-R NADAguides Test Drive Review
Born from the enthusiasm of the Skyline GT-R that exists as a legend in the realm of the sport compact crowd, the Nissan GT-R is an all-wheel drive high-performance machine meant to strike fear in the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911. Since its 2009 release in the United States, the Nissan GT-R supercar’s horsepower numbers have ballooned and the marketplace has greeted a series of unique edition models. The Black Edition was introduced to the Nissan GT-R line-up in 2011 with unique racing-inspired qualities such as carbon fiber trim and RAYS 20-inch wheels. For the 2014 model year, the 545-horsepower Nissan GT-R Track Edition is another thrilling example of a very fast machine.
An aggressively styled supercar, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition receives many of the redeeming qualities that make the base model so attractive. At 183.8 inches in total length, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition adheres to a slick 0.26 drag coefficient Almost identical to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition package, the Track Edition is outfitted with black forged wheels and a carbon fiber rear spoiler for a serious racing-inspired appearance. One of the unique touches to the Track Edition version of the Nissan GT-R is a carbon fiber front spoiler. Also found especially on the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is modified carbon fiber air inlets for brake cooling. A choice of six exterior colors can be used to define a GT-R Track Edition. As stunning as the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is to look at, the aerodynamic supercar design does present a downside. Rear vision out of the GT-R Track Edition is a challenge due to large roof pillars and a small rear window.
Underneath the sporty bodywork of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is an advanced performance-tuned suspension. A product of special calibration at the Nurburgring, the Bilstein DampTronic suspension system on the Track Edition of the GT-R translates to an incredible driving experience. With three positions of drive adjustment (Comfort, Normal and R-Mode setting), the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition keeps the nitrogen-filled Dunlop run-flat tires planted on the pavement even when negotiating tight turns. With almost no evidence of swap, the Track Edition of the 2014 Nissan GT-R presents safety and secure handling when the vehicle is under heavy acceleration or traveling at high speeds. While firm-footed, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition’s suspension can prove bumpy on average roads based on its race-tuned setup. Stopping power of Brembo brakes featuring six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers is extremely capable of stopping the supercar with super fast responsiveness. Thanks to some exclusive improvements in brake cooling, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will provide better endurance doing a daylong adventure at the track.
While handling is an important part of driving a sports car, engine power is the main ingredient. An upgraded version of the 2014 Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter engine propels the Track Edition. Boosted to produce 545 horsepower and a massive 463 pounds-feet of torque for the 2014 GT-R line-up, the 3.8 liter powerplant generates more than enough performance for the street or track. A six-speed dual-clutch features lightning fast shifting in automatic mode. Via paddle shifters, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition’s transmission can also be shifted manually. Through the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, power is intelligently applied to the ground. Primarily pushed through the rear wheels, engine momentum is transmitted to the front wheels of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition when needed. Altogether, the powertrain of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is an extremely potent supercar. Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour is recorded in 2.7 seconds.
When thinking about the prospect of riding inside a supercar, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition delivers even on high expectations. Compared to the other 2014 Nissan GT-R models, the Track Edition leans deepest towards the motorsport-inspired look. Carbon fiber trimmed dashboard and suede covered surfaces have been used to decorate the cabin. Featuring a blue-trim, special high grip front seating involve a suede and perforated leather. The suede used for the GT-R Track Edition’s seats unfortunately appear a little cheaper than expected on a vehicle priced over $115,000. Despite the look of the suede, the bucket seats on the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition could be the most comfortable in the supercar marketplace. The 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is slightly a two-seater. Removal of the rear seating found on the base model of the GT-R accomplishes significant weight savings. Instead, the area behind the front seats is occupied by a lightweight quilted mat. Overall, the interior of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition feels roomier than average for a two-seat high-performance car. Trunk capacity of 8.8 cubic feet is also more than expected.
Centrally-located on the dashboard of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition is a 7-inch touchscreen that can operate the vehicle’s climate controls, audio system and navigation software. A rich array of entertainment technology found on the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition consists of 11 speakers, DVD playback and SiriusXM satellite radio. A RearView Monitor is also integrated into the center display providing some much needed assistance when reversing. Perfectly capturing the persona of the Track Edition supercar, the screen can be programmed to relay a multitude of performance-related information such as lap times and g-force. Presenting a great deal of information to the drive and passenger of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, the transitioning between infotainment options is somewhat cumbersome. Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and a dual-zone automatic climate control are additional standard features found on the 2014 GT-R Track Edition.
A limited-run vehicle, only 150 of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will make it to the United States. When practicality takes a back seat, the high-performance car 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition unapologetically explores the upper limits of street-legal driving.