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Old 04-26-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Piers Ward takes to a damp Silverstone in the track-prepped GT-R, titanium muffler and all

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So, what's this then?

It's an even more hardcore version of the already hardcore Nissan GT-R, designed to answer customer demand for a more track-biased GT-R now that the hugely expensive V-Spec has gone off sale.
What makes it so special?

Well, it's a GT-R for starters, so epic four-wheel drive performance comes as standard - there are no bhp upgrades on this edition. The Track Pack takes all that power and grip, and slings it in a more focused package. About 15kg has been removed (the rear seats have been binned and the alloys are now lighter), the springs in the suspension have been stiffened, and the brakes have got new cooling ducts. The latter alteration can reduce the operating temperature of the brakes by as much as 100 degrees C - vital for a track day car. Less so for a road car.

Owners of the normal GT-R will know that a loyalty card at a chiropracter is essential, but fear not - those stiffer springs shouldn't alter things too much. Unlike in the V-Spec, which was ludicrously hard, the Track Pack retains the dampers from the normal GT-R, so it should be as supple as the normal car. We only drove it on a soaking wet Silverstone so the nuances are tricky to determine, but it certainly didn't feel horrendous there.

Oh, and there's a new titanium muffler.




Does it feel any different?

Being honest, not really. As I say, a soaking wet Silverstone isn't ideal to really test it, but the GT-R is so brutally fast and so capable that most mortals (ie you and me) will simply never get to the sort of limits to be able to tell. The steering feels fractionally sharper because the lighter wheels have reduced the unsprung weight, but we're talking margins of degrees here. What was a bloody good car is still a bloody good car.

So the ‘ordinary' GT-R is already man enough for the track job?

Exactly. The biggest problem Nissan has is that the normal GT-R is just so damned good - this Track Pack doesn't alter anything enough to make the lesser car any less appealing. And, the TP costs £10,000, pushing the total cost of the car to £84,450. Still good value, but not that good value. Want our advice? Buy the standard car, and spend the change on tyres and brakes when you go on a track day.
















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Old 04-26-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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Those are some unattractive seats.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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wow such a nice car
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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Probably should have ditched the rear seat cup holder.

This seems like a good option for the track enthusiast. I'm sure that adding the rear seat delete will be a popular modification to standard cars, since it's a weight saving option that is aesthetically pleasing vs. bare metal.

I just installed a titanium exhaust on a friend's GTR. HUGE drop in weight on a simple piece.

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Old 04-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:44 AM   #7
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I don't mind Volk style 6-spokes... but those wheels are ugly.

The whole car seems like overkill.

I know it is Godzilla and all that... huge power per dollar...

But somehow the R33 just seems so much nicer.

The transaxle deal seems quite complex for AWD... but it makes some sense to shift weight bias a bit rearward for more balance. but otherwise the car seems very bulky and massive, and void of good style. Just surfaces to cover the car.

I'd rather have an R33, or a classic 60's or 70's skyline.


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Old 04-26-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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GTR needs a facelift badly... awesome driving car that looks like a brick.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:46 PM   #9
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GTR needs a facelift badly... awesome driving car that looks like a brick.
Agreed. Car looks amazing from behind, yet so lack luster from the front.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:00 PM   #10
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Agreed. Car looks amazing from behind, yet so lack luster from the front.
Sounds like a one night stand to me.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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GTR needs a facelift badly... awesome driving car that looks like a brick.
It really is a shame that Nissan wrapped a great car into such a homely body.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:07 PM   #12
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I don't like the front seat.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:57 PM   #14
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GTR needs a facelift badly... awesome driving car that looks like a brick.
everything designed by Nissan looks like CRAP.
the 370z is the closest to normal but still looks
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the 370z is the closest to normal but still looks
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My 370z - not to ugly...





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Old 04-27-2012, 02:27 AM   #16
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I think the GTR looks just fine. Only thing I would change is the sides of the front bumper. reminds me of a grand am.
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clearly 370 has a butter face since you painted the fangs to appear not there.
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I'm actually loving his Z. I think the missing fangs looks amazing.
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clearly 370 has a butter face since you painted the fangs to appear not there.
I painted the fangs, roof and rear valence satin black because i like the way it accentuates the rest of the car. The car is so rare to see on the road that most comments like this come from people who have only seen it in pictures. Even I hated it when it broke cover. However, that all changes when you see it rolling in person. A good friend of mine has a GTR and I've lost count of how many times individuals commented that my car looked better. Mind you, these are people who have no clue what car is what...those opinions matter because they're completely unbiased. I myself absolutley love the GTR.
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other than the bumper, 370 isn't a bad looking car. Just not a good looking one. Nissan made it worse with the 13, with its ugly wheels and advance auto parts slapped on front leds.
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those opinions matter because they're completely unbiased.


It's a nice car.. but give me a break.
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It's a nice car.. but give me a break.
...says the guy driving a 30' bus.

Thanks though!
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I've warmed up to the front end but the rear end kid of kills it for me. The bulging fenders and weird triangular tail lights. Looks like a big hipped, fat assed woman bending over. Nissan needs to get some better talent in their design studios as they haven't made a really good looking car for a long time.
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...says the guy driving a 30' bus.

Thanks though!
My opinion doesn't matter.. just say it.
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