Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R (1989-1992)
The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a sports car extraordinaire that has evolved into a modern superstar gaining a massive cult car following around the globe. In 1969 the famous GT-R name made its first appearance on a saloon car, but later on a lightened 2-door coupé version which debuted in October 1970. These cars were to be stripped of any unnecessary equipment so as to make them as light and quick as possible for racing and track work, thus establishing the DNA pattern for all their subsequent generations.
The C10 was followed by the short-lived C110 in September of 1972. The oil crisis of 1973 led to its quick demise due to fuel rationing and long lines at the petrol stations.
Nissan pulled the plug on the GT-R brand and pulled out of Motor Racing altogether.
The R32 paved the way for the eventual re-introduction of the legendary GT-R badge, markedly absent since the end of C110 Skyline production in 1973. The 16year wait for a GT-R replacement came in 1989 with the more powerful R32 GT-R and boy, was it worth the wait. The new GT-R was hard-core, its 4 wheel drive and comes with 316hp, though only listed as 276hp.
This monster, ‘Godzilla’ went on to smash the production car record set by a Porsche 944 at Nürburgring by 20 seconds. It had a 0-60mph time of about 5.9sec and top speed of close to 150mph.
The R32 was ahead of it’s time, using a Twin turbo setup and it had 4 wheel steering. Most sports cars that followed are using the same formula. It really is no surprise the R32’s nickname, ‘Godzilla’ stuck.
The Skyline GT-R is the original Japanese performance car legend.