The Nissan GT-R Track Pack is the most uncompromising version of the Japanese super-coupe to date and has been stripped out and fitted with a glut of track-honed parts that make it even more adept at carving up the race track. Visually it’s not that dissimilar to the standard model save for the lightweight 20-inch Rays forged aluminium wheels, titanium exhaust tips, carbon fibre boot spoiler and front splitter, but there are more prevalent changes inside. Climb aboard and you’ll notice the lightweight carbon fibre Recaro buckets seats and stripped out rear area.
The most notable changes lay hidden underneath the GT-R’s flexing sheet metal. Located just under the front bumper are cooling ducts that keep the Brembo anchors in fine fettle by reducing the operating temperatures by as much as 100degC. And then there’s the suspension configuration, which has been tweaked with harder damper rates to deliver better on-track driving prowess. Overall, the GT-R has been pared of 150kg of unnecessary weight.
I was lucky enough to experience the GT-R on the Kyalami GP circuit where it cornered with supreme confidence. No matter how much speed you carry into a corner the GT-R remains smooth and grippy – it takes a deliberate attempt to unsettle the equilibrium and, even then, it still manages to stay on course. Lap after lap the GT-R challenges the driver’s courage to properly explore its limits which is a little bit frightening. That said, it’s one of the easiest and most forgiving cars to drive on track, especially since the sheer speed of the thing makes up for missed apexes and wrong-line choices.
As expected it accelerates like a supercar, the 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbo sending a smorgasbord of delectable noises and sound effects throughout the cabin before mocking the laws of physics as it rampages from 0-100kph in 2.7 seconds (claimed). Power and torque remain unchanged over last year’s model but the addition of high-output injectors has improved torque delivery through the mid- and upper rev ranges.
So what does it cost? The Track Pack will set you back R1743700, which is almost R400k more than the regular premium model. Expensive? Yes, but worth every cent in my opinion especially since it comes standard with a three-year/50000km service plan and three-year 100000km warranty.
NISSAN GT-R RACK PACK
ENGINE 3799cc, V6 24v twin-turbo petrol, 397kW @ 6400rpm, 628Nm @ 3200-5800rpm
TRANSMISSION Six-speed auto, four-wheel drive
SUSPENSION Double-wishbone front, multi-link rear, adaptive dampers
PERFORMANCE 2.7secs 0-100kph, 315kph top speed, 11.7ℓ/100km, 278g/km
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