Wednesday, 4 January 2012

NEWS - Nissan 2012 line-up to include track-focused GT-R

Whilst the Nissan GT-R is one of the fastest cars in the world, its owners believe it could be faster. This view seems to be shared by Nissan, and have developed a new version of the GT-R to go on sale in 2012. This one has been designed to give drivers an extra edge on the race track.

Called ‘Track Pack’, this new version of the GT-R offers a harder racing edge and yet remains fully road legal.

Externally the Track Pack is easily identified by lightweight six-spoke, gloss black centred RAYS alloys and carbon cooling ducts built into the bodykit. The brakes are cooled by these additional cooling ducts, reducing the operating temperature of the front brake discs by as much as 100 degrees during track use, leading to improved stopping performance. Similar ducts, hidden behind the rear wheels, channel cooling air over the rear discs.

To reflect this GT-R’s harder edge, the suspension’s spring rates have been revised, giving the ‘Track Pack’ optimal set-up for circuit driving. Like all GT-R's though, the dampers are adjustable. This allows the driver to experience more a more comfortable ride whilst driving on the road.

On the inside, the ‘Track Pack’ gets Recaro front seats trimmed with blue bolsters and an innovative high-grip material to help keep the driver in place during hard cornering and braking. The rear seats have also been removed to cut down on unnecessary weight for the track. A ‘Track Pack’ emblem on the centre console identifies this model as a special GT-R.

The engine retains the same specification as the ‘regular’ 2012 GT-R, which means 550PS of power. The 0-60 mph time is just 2.7 seconds thanks to a clever launch control system.

The Track Pack adds £10,000 to the £74,450 list price of the standard 2012 GT-R, making it £84,450. This is actually impressive value when compared to the other supercars, with which the GT-R can ably compete.

Orders for all 2012 GT-R’s can now be taken at any one of the 21 Nissan High Performance Centres around the UK. The first deliveries are expected in March 2012.

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