Sunrise on a Sunday, and Los Angeles is still sleeping. My Blaze-colored 2018 Nissan GT-R Track Edition banks right off Cahuenga onto Mulholland Drive where it snakes into the Hollywood Hills. Stretched out before me, with the exception of a section of road that remains dirt and closed to vehicles, are 50 miles of some of the most famous twists and turns in America.
Named after William Mulholland, a civil engineer who designed and built the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the 1920s, Mulholland Drive to the east and Mulholland Highway to the west were carved into the Santa Monica Mountains as a scenic byway to bring L.A. residents from the city to the ocean.
On this day, however, Mulholland serves as my playground.
Ironically, on July 7, 2008, the first U.S.-spec Nissan GT-R was sold almost 10 years prior to my drive, and at L.A.’s Universal City Nissan dealership, which is literally walking distance from the easternmost end of Mulholland. Now, a decade after Nissan’s supercar first went on sale, I’m sampling a GT-R Track Edition with a $131,605 price tag.
Introduced for 2017, the Track Edition blends GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO mechanical components. Take the GT-R Premium’s drivetrain and titanium exhaust system, pair them with improved structural rigidity, and then add a NISMO-tuned suspension, NISMO forged aluminum wheels, and body-weld adhesives to improve rigidity. Top it off with black and red Recaro performance seats, and you’ve got the GT-R Track Edition.