7 Of The Most Awesome Nissan GT

Nissan's most powerful car the Skyline GT-R. If you want an everyday supercar, the GT-R can fulfill that role surprisingly well. Nissan revived the Skyline GT-R in 1989 to create a suitable platform for touring-car racing in Japan and Australia. The Nissan GT-R is the everyday supercar, offering high class perfomance in everyday conditions.

The Nissan GT-R's 6-speed dual-clutch transmission shifts incredibly quick. Rumours suggest the new GT-R could be powered by a complex hybrid system with an engine derived from the Japanese firm's endurance racing program. Nissan has mated the upgraded engine mated to a beefier dual-clutch six-speed ‘box, with redesigned differentials and driveshafts.

In February 2002, the final production models of the R34 GT-R were released and named the Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nür and the Skyline GT-R M-Spec Nür. To complement its powerful engine, the 2018 Nissan GT-R has a wealth of great performance features. The Track Edition gets a NISMO-tuned suspension with a thicked rear stabilizer bar, special lightweight wheels and a carbon-fibre rear spoiler.

Early Nissan Skyline GT-R cars are slightly lighter thanks to the addition of crash protection bars in the later models, and GT-R otaku will be able to spot generational changes by differences in the projector headlights, but the lion's share of R32s are roughly physically the same.

The R35 is designed from the ground up as a stand-alone model (it's no longer part of the Skyline family) and does not look like anything Nissan has ever made. With its 6-cylinder in-line DOHC 24-valve S20, this Nissan GT-R was the first domestic car to have disc brakes front and rear.

To the average enthusiast, however, it might simply look like a modified Nissan GT-R with an aftermarket rear spoiler and a new set of wheels. What's more, the GT-R's paddle shift controls now sit on the steering wheel, where they're easier to reach. The dual-clutch transmission has shed its driveline clatter, shift feel and timing is better, and the GT-R's steering has lightened up at low speeds, and lost the twitch it used to have on center.

I spoke to The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah about the relatively stock 1990 GT-R he purchased recently, and he said he had success at Fontana Nissan in Eastern Los Angeles, who has two Skyline-specialist techs on staff and the ability to perform standard repair and maintenance.

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