Chicago LIVE: 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Godzilla heads to the track.

No longer forbidden fruit, the hard-core, race-inspired "Track Edition” version of Nissan's GT-R supercar will finally be available in the United States for the 2014 model year.

Offered as the Track Pack in several global markets since early 2012, the Track Edition features a number of performance upgrades developed from extensive testing at Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit.

While it uses the same brakes as the standard GT-R, improved braking performance is nonetheless a major focus of the Track Edition. Nissan fitted special carbon fiber air ducts in the front spoiler, along with new front and rear brake cooling air guides, to help keep brake temperatures down and ensure maximum stopping power for hot laps.

A revised suspension is also part of the package, including specialized Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates.

Seating changes round out the list of upgrades - up front, the thrones are outfitted with high-grip surfaces, while the rear seats have been deep-sixed in the name of weight savings.

"The concept behind the GT-R Track Edition is to enable drivers who enjoy even more demanding high-performance driving than the GT-R Premium and Black Edition models' extreme performance, the chance to come closer to a competition spec vehicle - no back seat, stiffer suspension, higher grip seats, additional brake cooling - the works.”

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the Track Edition is expected to land in showrooms along the normal GT-R, which was upgraded extensively for 2014, beginning in May. Only 150 units have been earmarked for U.S. customers.

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