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2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Revs Up for New York

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CARS.COM — Nissan has announced that it will be showing a special-order-only new version of the refreshed 2017 GT-R sports coupe at the New York International Auto Show in April. The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition takes most of the supercar-shredding GT-R NISMO’s go-fast suspension and sheet-metal bits but sticks with the GT-R Premium’s less-powerful V-6 engine.

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The model is meant to bridge the gap between the street-smart Premium trim and the track-ready NISMO edition (and likely to provide a model priced in between, as well). With the Premium trim starting at $111,685 and the NISMO ringing in at $176,685, the new Track Edition splits the difference well at $129,585 (all prices include destination charge).

The power plant is the same as the Premium trim: a hand-assembled 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 making 565 horsepower, down from the NISMO’s 600-hp rating. Power is funneled through a standard six-speed sequential dual-clutch automatic transmission that features a race mode for lightning-fast shifts, and out through a standard all-wheel-drive system to all four corners. The Track Edition uses the NISMO-tuned suspension, which is both stiffer and lighter than the street-oriented Premium trim, as well as the NISMO trim’s tires.

Outside, the visual differences are hard to spot — the Track Edition uses the NISMO trim’s body, including its unique front fenders. Harder to identify are the additional spot welds and adhesive bonding that make the body shell more rigid than the Premium trim’s.

Inside, there’s a unique black-and-red interior color scheme to go with the Track Edition, done up in leather and covering standard Recaro sport seats. The NissanConnect multimedia system is standard along with navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen that has simplified the interior for all model-year 2017 GT-Rs.

The new Track Edition will only be available by special order, according to Nissan, so unless your dealer has ordered one on its own volition, don’t expect to see them in showrooms. You can, however, see one next month at the 2017 New York auto show — and right here on Cars.com when Nissan unveils it.

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