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A look at the Nissan Skyline GTR

Nissan Skyline GTR logoThe Nissan Skyline GTR has been around for quite some time.  This Japanese sports car first appeared in 1969, and Nissan found that the Skyline was so popular that they produced the car for almost a decade.  In 1977, the last Skyline rolled off the assembly line.  However, in 1989, Nissan revived the Skyline GTR line with the R32 model.  To everyone’s surprise, this model quickly made a name for itself in Japanese motor sports.  A Nissan Skyline took the top place in 29 straight races.  Since then, a driver in a GTR has won the JTC Group A championships four years in a row, picked up wins at the Australian Touring Car Championship and, eventually, the car won so many races that it was outlawed from racing in many tournaments.  The R33 version of the Skyline GTR made history by being the first ever production car to make a lap at the Nurburgring racing track in Germany in less than eight minutes.  In 2007, the GTR won the 2007 Tsukuba Time Attack.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Skyline GTR became Nissan’s go-to car for performance.  They used the Skyline to test many new advanced features.  However, while the line was very fast and included many state of the art pieces of technology, Nissan did their best to make it affordable, especially when compared to like cars in Europe. 

However, those outside of Japan will rarely see a Skyline GTR.  Manufacturing was limited to Japan, and the only country the line was exported to was Australia.  However, only 100 R32 Skylines were sent to Australia in 1991, and these didn’t sell well.  Despite this, many see the Nissan Skyline GTR as one of the top racing cars in the world.  The BBC show Top Gear declared it was the only Japanese car that could actually be called a Supercar, and the show’s main presenter went on to say it was one of the best cars in the world.  Nevertheless, despite its many wins and accolades, Nissan stopped making the fifth generation of Skyline GTR in 2002 before re-launching its GT-R (dropping the “Skyline” name) to the Japanese market in December 2007.  This latest incarnation went on to win Top Gear’s Supercar of the Year 2007, with a top speed of 192mph and 0-60mph times of 3.2 seconds using launch control.

2002 Nissan Skyline GTR Specifications

Top Speed 300 km/h
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
Horsepower 276
Engine 2.6L In-Line Six Cylinder
Body style two-door coupe / four-door sedan
Length 4675mm
Width 1780mm
Height 1360mm
Wheelbase 2720mm
Curb Weight 1530kg

 

Nissan Skyline GTR Photos and pictures

 1969 Nissan Skyline GTR2002 Nissan Skyline GTRNissan Skyline GTR Engine

2009 Nissan GT-R2009 Nissan GT-R Rear photo2009 Nissan GT-R Interior photo

The Nissan Skyline GTR has appeared in various movies and racing video games, including the blockbuster The Fast and the Furious

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