Chris Harris video: GT-R Track Pack vs 911 Turbo


Track Pack, as descriptions of a motor car go, is one of the more straightforward. There is probably a list of equipment in every PHer's head which would fit into an imaginary 'Track Pack'.

GT-R was benchmarked against Turbo
GT-R was benchmarked against Turbo
Strangely, Nissan has just released its GT-R TrackPack, and I don't think its specification includes any of the stuff we'd have listed. No sticky tyres, no roll cage, no larger brakes, no aerofoil.

In fact the £85,540 Track Pack is actually pretty similar to the £10,000 cheaper vanilla GT-R. There are different seats, snazzy, lighter wheels and some new suspension settings. But that's pretty much it.

What grabs my attention is the list price. The first UK R35 GT-R I drove was £52,995 - this one is over £30K more and it is mechanically little different. Yes, the 490hp is now 550hp, and there are a load of upgrades, but most of those come with successive modelyear improvements. Where once the GT-R was an absolute bargain, that is no longer the case.

Track Pack Nissan GT-R ... on a track!
Track Pack Nissan GT-R ... on a track!
Should we have tested it next to a GT3? Possibly. But you've had enough GT3 content from me. Besides, with 4WD, paddles, two turbos, four seats and no cage, the GT-R shares more with the Turbo, on paper, than it does the GT car.

I didn't really warm to the direct injection 997Turbos when they were launched in 2009/2010. I just thought they were rather soulless devices capable of terrifying you through sheer speed but, once you'd experienced that trick, there wasn't much else to savour. But with time I'm warming to their charms - this car was so fast on the road it needed a careful touch and the 997 package feels so small after the GT-R.

It would have been nice to have a dry track, but sadly the excellent fellows at CircuitDays couldn't quite control the weather.

Turbo probably a closer match to GT-R
Turbo probably a closer match to GT-R
Before the evening event hosted by Circuit Days on the Indy circuit, I had a couple of very wet, slippery hours on the full Grand Prix track at anMSV event. For some reason I had never driven it before - what a brilliant, brilliant place it is.

Enjoy the vid.

 

 

 

 


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  • David87 16 May 2012

    Haven't watched the video yet, but I sat in one of these Track Pack GT-Rs at the Sunday Service at the weekend. It was amazing. Two points, though:

    1. Your extra £10k doesn't seem to get you much.
    2. It had the weirdest, most Japanese-y seats I've ever seen.

  • myhandle 16 May 2012

    It appears to be a Turbo S rather than a Turbo as in the copy - I believe you can still order a new 997 Turbo S for a few months yet. Perhaps there is room for one final 997 variant - a Turbo S with the engine in GT2 RS tune? It can be done, Porsche, it can be done.

  • David87 16 May 2012

    myhandle said:
    It appears to be a Turbo S rather than a Turbo as in the copy - I believe you can still order a new 997 Turbo S for a few months yet. Perhaps there is room for one final 997 variant - a Turbo S with the engine in GT2 RS tune? It can be done, Porsche, it can be done.
    I will name it the 911 Turbo SS.party

  • Mastodon2 16 May 2012

    Another great video. Impressive how serene the Porsche looked, obviously a blindingly quick car but Harris looked like he was driving to the shops. That alone would put me off buying - I'd rather a NA 911 tbh, with as loud an exhaust as I could get away with, and bucket seats, harnesses, manual gearbox etc.

    Dear lord, I've just realised what I really want is a GT3 RS!

  • hungry_hog 16 May 2012

    love the alloys on the Turbo, BBS LM?

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