Japanese Tuner Icons: Nissan Skyline GT-R
22 August 2013 - Carbuzz
The beginning for 'Godzilla' starts here.
Many, many years before there was a car sold in Japan known as the Skyline, and this car had a high-performance trim level called GT-R. This would evolve over the years and eventually split from the Skyline lineup entirely in order to become the giant killer that we know today. The Skyline GT-R was the stuff of legends, and though it wasn't ever sold in the US a gray market existed to import them.
After 2002, the GT-R split from the Skyline, and a new Skyline would come over to America as the Infiniti G35. Nissan would take their time in bringing back the GT-R, but when the first non-Skyline GT-R was unveiled in 2007, it was an awe-inspiring piece of machinery. The R-series Skyline GT-R was the Holy Grail of tuner cars, a cheaper, more customizable and street-legal Porsche 959. This wasn't just a sports car, but a serious street able race car. The mythological status it achieved might have been helped by its rarity, but don't think for a minute that this was a car undeserving of the hype.