Thursday, 26 April 2012 3:48 PM
So, that’ll be £84,450 for your new Nissan GT-R with added Track Pack, then – a £10,000 premium on top of the revised-for-2012 model GT-R. The Track Pack is available now and is aimed at GT-R pilots that plan to attack the track rather than potter to the shops. But, fear not, the even more hardcore edge of the Track Pack’d GT-R can be softened back for the road, once you’ve lapped yourself dizzy at the track.
And for your extra £10,000 you get the following goodies – all of them approved by the car’s creator Kazutoshi Mizuno - but probably the most important and expensive add-on would be the adjustable suspension.
The new, track-focused undercarriage features a harder set-up than standard, and coupled with increased bodyshell rigidity, allows the Track Pack driver to dial-in their handling preference to much finer degrees. The new suspension has been fine tuned by the GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki at the Nurburgring, and with a flick of a switch its adjustable dampers will set back to a softer road setting; keeping fillings and vertebrae in place on the UK’s shocking roads.
Rolling under the new suspension in most honourable style are a fresh set of even lighter, 6-spoke RAYS alloy wheels with gloss black centres. In total, the new rolling stock is 10kg lighter than the rims on the standard 2012 MY GT-R.
Completing the undercarriage fettle are some handsome carbon fibre air-directing trinkets in the front splitter and behind the rear wheels, that further cool the brakes during fast track sessions, by as much 100 degrees. Less heat keeps the brake fade-free for longer.
Inside, and that extra 10-large stretches to a special pair of blue-on-grey sports seats made from fabric and leather, with the high-friction fabric designed to ‘stick’ occupants to the seats during hard cornering and braking. But no, it’s not Velcro!
A show-off Track Pack emblem sits on the dashboard to identify the special GT-R, whilst more comfortable seat belts, an enhanced Bose audio system with plenty of speakers, and a rear-view camera as fitted to the standard MY 2012 GT-R are all happily intact. But the rear seats are long gone to save weight.
Under the hood is untouched with Nissan clearly thinking that 550PS of grunt is enough, and who can really argue with that, especially when that grunt fires any 2012 GT-R to 62mph in a world-warping 2.8secs.
The Track Pack is only available in the UK and Japan ('cos we're cooler and faster than the rest of the world!) and is waiting for your worried wallet now at Nissan UK’s 22 High Performance Centres.
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