After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. In 1999, the Skyline GT-R R34 weighed in, available through only one authorised Nissan dealer, Middlehurst Nissan in St. Helens. Mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, and running with Nissan's ATTESA E-TS All-Wheel Drive, the 2018 GT-R is still built and meant to perform.
Now consider that the 240SX is virtually identical, mechanically, to the JDM Nissan Silvia, so many of the excellent Japanese-market engines readily bolt in. For wilder engine swap options, the 240SX has a stout rear end capable of handling the power of a variety of Nissan engines.
The 2018 Nissan GT-R has distinctive tuner-world style; it's almost restrained, by exotic-car standards. However, the Z-Tune GT-Rs were built in 2005, years after the R34 model had already ceased production. Twenty-seven years later, we can look back at the birth of a legend and marvel at how the E-BNR32 chassis Skyline GT-R tore a hole for itself in history, the right car at the right time.
Basic controls are within reach and are as easy to operate as in any other Nissan vehicle. Nissan says the the crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings, piston oil jets and camshaft profiles have all been uprated, while the engine also benefits from optimised ignition timing along with new intake Nissan Skyline GT-R and exhaust systems.
Made from 1989 to 1994, nearly 44,000 R32 GT-Rs were sold, some 15 percent of all Skyline production. That's why when it was time to choose a car to write about for our love-themed 150th issue, I picked the one I had yet to drive on public roads. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2018 Nissan GT-R.
Boasting of its manufacturer's signature Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and aluminium monocoque”, the Audi R8 is a 2-seater mid-engine sports car. As the head of Nissan's US operations, the bona fide car enthusiast and eventual father” of the 240Z got on the nerves of his comrades back in Japan by loudly asking for a performance motor to find its way into the diminutive sedan.
When the news was announced on our website, the love poured in. Our Google numbers spiked, hundreds of comments filled our social-media accounts, and the lucky guys who could afford the GT-R's P7.35-million asking price lined up at the dealers. It's no Veyron, no 911, but the GT-R's overall look outlines exactly what it intends to be: a sort of ultimate evolution of the tuner car, taken in-house.