Drivers looking for a 2014 Nissan GT-R will have an especially difficult task during the new model year: In addition to deploying yet more performance enhancements throughout the 2014 range—now at dealerships—the brand will also release a pair of exclusive Nissan GT-R models from which to choose.
Now, first off, although the engine specs for the 2014 Nissan GT-R don’t change—and with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 making 545 hp and 463 lb.-ft. of torque, why should they?—the powerplant has been retuned for better mid- and upper-rpm response. Then, the car’s handling reflexes have been upgraded as well, with a number of suspension refinements working together to deliver a lower center of gravity, better high-speed handling, and a more comfortable ride in all scenarios.
From the style department, each hand-built engine in the 2014 Nissan GT-R now shows off an aluminum nameplate indicating its builder, the upscale Nissan GT-R Black Edition welcomes a new steering wheel with red accents, and a Premium Interior Package premieres, highlighted by front seats with semi-aniline leather appointments.
There is, however, a price to be paid for all of these improvements, and in the case of the 2014 Nissan GT-R, that premium is $2,770, for a new starting point at $99,590; the 2014 Nissan GT-R Black Edition, adding Recaro seats, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and more, opens at $109,330 (an increase of $3,010 over the 2013 model).
But that’s not all, folks … as mentioned, there are two new faces in the 2014 Nissan GT-R lineup.
2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: A Tempting Two-seater
No slouch on the track in its standard setup, the 2014 Nissan GT-R nonetheless gets a specific Track Edition for the new model year. Key changes here include retuned components for the car’s three-mode Bilstein DampTronic suspension, as well as improved brake-cooling from both carbon-fiber front-spoiler air inlets and additional air guides at the front and back of the Nissan GT-R.
Another big change has to do with what’s missing: The two rear seats of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which have been replaced with a quilted cloth mat.
The 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition also is at dealerships now, with an MSRP of $115,710, but keep in mind that only 150 will be offered to U.S. customers. Oh, and you also may want to note that the Track Edition comes with the following warning from Nissan: “Damage resulting from racing, competitive driving, track and/or airstrip use not covered by warranty.”
2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition: A Hand-painted Masterpiece
Slotting between the 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium Edition and the more premium Black Edition will be a new Special Edition that makes up for its rather dull moniker with an eye-popping Midnight Opal finish. Applied by hand, the exclusive exterior color shifts from deep purple to deep blue as lighting conditions and viewing angles change, and it’s accented by an also-exclusive new wheel design. In fact, the 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition will be the first car from the company to boast lightweight RAYS wheels in a dramatic “hyper-titanium colored coating.”
The Black Edition’s carbon-fiber rear spoiler also is part of the Special Edition package, as is a gold model-number plate in the engine bay.
Just be aware that a mere 50 examples of the 2014 Nissan GT-R Special Edition are coming to the United States, which means they’re likely to be in high demand even with an MSRP that begins at $105,590.