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Now, just Skyline and Skyline GT-R are two different things. Nissan Skyline is a great family car, while the GT-R is a roaring beast. This being said, we will turn our attention to the beast. The GT-R is a high performance version of the Skyline, and it appeared in 1969 and was produced over the next four years. Then, it reappeared in 1989, and turned just about everyone’s head. So, why all this hype?

Modified Blue Nissan Skyline view from the front

Nissan Skyline GT-R tuned

Well, for years the GT-R used to look like a bit beefier everyday car, not like a racer. In a hypothetical world where the GT-R is not known, you would look downright ridiculous standing at the starting line next to machines such as the Porsche 911 GT3, Audi R8, Lotus Elise, or even the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo or Corvette C6 Z06. But, what is irreplaceable is the feeling that you would get seeing their surprised faces as you pull off with just as much speed as they do. Yes, these cars I mentioned weren’t chosen by accident. At some point, all of them, and many others, were tested against the GT-R at different circuits, and it was never put to shame. It was faster than most of them, for example, on Buttonwillow Raceway it was about 5 seconds faster than the Z06 and the 911 Turbo, and on the Isle of Man test with Audi R8, Lotus Elise and Gallardo it was second only to the Gallardo and that by less than a second, plus, it was Japanese-spec, which means that its top speed was limited to 112 mph, which probably means that the GT-R’s time would have been better if there hadn’t been for this limitation. Now, go back to the beginning of this paragraph and read the cars we mentioned again. Any car that is in such company deserves respect.

Black Nissan Skyline R32 in a Nissan showroom

Nissan Skyline R32 was terrorizing the other race cars back in the 1990s. And it doesn’t look all that dangerous, right?

Skyline GT-R History and Performance Records

However, there is another reason why the GT-R is so popular. It’s that every version of it was just perfect for tuning. Just naming all the tuning companies that improved this great car would take up too much space. This car was just the most popular for this. And many private tuners have had their contribution.

Modified yellow Nissan Skyline R34 view from the front side

Tuned Nissan Skyline R34

So, imagine a car that is, let’s say, a second slower than a Gallardo round a 3-mile track, and then add some 300 hp to it. A damn beast! Take a look of this video of a tuned Skyline. We’re just not sure if they are talking about 120 mph or a 120 kmh. What do you think? That part starts at 0:08.

This tuning potential was well recognized in the world of motorsport. The first version of it had 49 consecutive wins in Japan in the period form 1968-1972. Ok, that was a long time ago, and the technologies haven’t been up to recent levels. Fine, then. In the period from 1989-1993 the R32 GT-R won all 29 races it entered in JTCC. Needless to say, this car won all the series titles in that period. From 1991 to 1997 the N1 Super Taikyu became very boring since the R32 and R33 won 50 races from 50 starts in the period. This kind of dominance proved to be deadly for these competitions. It also made great victories at 1,000 km race of Bathurst, Japanese GT Series, UK’s National Saloon Car Cup, Australian Touring Car Championship Jim Richards, Australian Endurance Championship, and many other Australian competitions, as well as a 1992 Spanish Touring Car Championship.

Parked black Nissan GTR R33 view from the front

Nissan Skyline R33

This is where we shall stop our list of victories even though it goes on and on. Loads of tuners are sure to carry the name of the old GT-Rs for years to come, but the latest version of this car that dropped the name Skyline since they finally decided that the GT-R deserves to be a separate model. In our next article we will give you a review of this beast. So stay tuned for some ground-shaking speeds.

Parked Red Nissan GT-R V-spec

Nissan GT-R V-spec shown in a Metallic Red