What Made The Nissan Skyline So Popular?



Vehicles of various models have always been popular in movies. The Nissan Skyline GT-R was released with several limited editions, produced by NISMO. Picking up where the legendary Skylines of the past left off, the Nissan GT-R delivers straight-line performance that can't be beat by cars five times its price. The Nissan GT-R price in India is Rs. 1.99 Crore (Ex-Showroom) and needless to say, it would have extremely limited buyers.

Of course, Nissan didn't build the GT-R just so a few deranged Japanese guys could embarrass the local 911 brigade. But what's amazing is that Nissan has managed to keep the GT-R basically at the peak of its game since its 2007 debut (not to mention the original concept car, which debuted some 15 years ago in 2001).

This is the time to be alive if you're shopping for a high-performance sports car. Skyline specialist Middlehurst Motorsport had brought in 100 R33s and when the R34 came along Nissan GB wanted to bring the car officially into the UK itself. Besides giving the GT-R a belligerent appearance, the company engineers have emphasized on making it the most aerodynamic supercar with a drag coefficient as less as possible.

I don't care who makes it or where the engine is. It has a hand-built motor, a bespoke gearbox and is one of the fastest cars on earth. The Nissan R35 GT-R faces the legendary Skylines that built the legend. Being fondly addressed as the 'Godzilla,' Nissan GT-R has gone on sale in the Indian market for the first time ever.

Due to the petrol crisis hitting the motor industry, the second generation of the GT-R didn't have the best run, as the demand for high-performance cars seemed to dry out in the early 70's. The Nissan Skyline GTR R34 has elvoled and fine-tuned through 11 years of competitive racing and extensive testing, which has resulted in one of the best race-bred coupes on the market.

Instead of a large, heavy engine thirsty for fuel, the Nissan GT-R® is powered by an ideally sized, twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a prodigious 565 hp and equally immense 467 lb.-ft of torque. In total, Nissan sold 43,934 R32 GT-Rs between 1989 and December '94, all in Japan bar one batch of 100 officially sent to Australia in 1991.

Nissan too has a product and a very special one at that, the Godzilla of cars, the GT-R. Whereas here in Oz, we see the R33 GT-R's as the R32's fatter and less Nissan Skyline GT-R successful sibling, around the world, it's the R33 that's usually perceived as the hero car. Toward the end of my time with this Japanese monster in robot clothing, I get a text from my brother asking if he could go for a spin in the GT-R.

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