2017 Nissan GT-R limited production Track Edition

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition and 2018 370Z Retread at NYIAS

Both the GT-R and 370Z are getting long in the tooth but Nissan will keep releasing special edition models until the new redesigns come along.

Making its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show is the limited production GT-R Track Edition.

As the third variation available in the GT-R lineup, the 2017 GT-R Track Edition is designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Premium and features elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO. The Track Edition includes NISMO-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension, 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels, dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler, standard 565-horsepower hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with Titanium exhaust system, and a unique red and black interior treatment with leather-appointed Recaro® front bucket seats.

The new GT-R Track Edition has a starting MSRP of $127,990 and will be available late summer 2017 by order only at GT-R certified Nissan dealers nationwide.

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“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

Performance-oriented features begin with the body’s additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding), which helps increase body shell rigidity versus the Premium model. Next, the 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness, as well as NISMO-spec tires.

Other standard equipment includes GT-R NISMO front fenders, 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels and a special dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler. Inside, the Track Edition interior includes a unique red and black color treatment with high-grip, motorsports-inspired Recaro® seats.

2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition at NYIAS

Offering show attendees an early look at the 2018 Nissan 370Z, the new 370Z Heritage Edition is offered in either Chicane Yellow or Magnetic Black exterior colors, with yellow interior trim and custom graphics. The Heritage Edition honors the iconic Nissan sports car as it approaches its 50th anniversary at the end of the decade since its launch under the Datsun brand.

Enhancements to the 370Z Coupe for the 2018 model year include a high-performance clutch, new headlight and rear combination light treatment, new rear fascia paint scheme, smoke chrome door handles and new EXEDY® high-performance clutch (manual transmission).

“Over the past five decades there have been a number of special Z® trim packages that have added a sense of customization straight off the showroom floor,” said Bunce, “The new 2018 370Z Heritage Edition honors that tradition, blending it with the modern design and performance of the 2018 370Z. We’re pleased to be debuting the new Heritage Edition in New York, one of the top Z® markets from the very beginning.”

The 370Z Heritage Edition will be available with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) and a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM).

The 2018 370Z Coupe goes on sale in spring 2017.

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Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few leftover pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.

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