Photo Credit: Nissan Global Heritage Collection
Photo Credit: Nissan Global Heritage Collection

What is it?

The BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R is pretty much the supreme example of Japanese dominance in high performance in the 1990s. This is one of the two bedroom wall posters for anyone in to Japanese performance. You probably know that the MKIV Toyota Supra Turbo is the other. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, we will give you the rundown of why it’s awesome:

Specifications:

Overall length / width / height: 4,545/1,755/1,340mm

Wheelbase: 2,615mm

Curb weight: 1,430kg

Engine: RB26DETT (6-cyl. in line, DOHC), 2,568cc

Engine Max power: 206kW (280PS)/6,800rpm

Engine Max torque: 353Nm (36kgm)/4,400rpm

Transmission: 5-speed

Suspension: Multilink (front & rear)

Brakes: Ventilated disc (front & rear)

Tires: 225/50R16

 

Quick History

The Skyline GT-R like so many inspired performance vehicles, was a racing homologation special. Originally the R32 GT-R was designed with a 2.4L RB24DET to compete in the 4000cc racing class. In the race series the car was designed for, displacement is multiplied by 1.7 if the engine was turbocharged. When the Nismo engineers added the AWD system, it made the car too heavy. Nismo engineers modified the design to 2.6L twin turbo to compete in the 4500cc class, and the RB26DETT that we all know and love was born. The design target at the time of development was the awesome (and expensive) Porsche 959 supercar. Porsche’s production car record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife at the time of development was 8’45”, Nissan driver Hiroyoshi Katoh annihilated the record with a time of 8’20”.

Racing Domination

The R32 GT-R was literally totally dominant in Japanese Touring Car Championship racing, where it won 29 of 29 races.

The R32 GT-R entered the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1990 and took on Holden and Ford, where it won the Bathurst 1000 classic in 1991 and 1992.

The Nissan Skyline GT-R was so dominant in Group A racing as well as the JTCC that both series were changed or discontinued because no other chassis could compete.

Why you want one

The Skyline GT-R comes with one of the most overbuilt inline 6 turbo engines ever made. The RB26DETT is the most famous example of the Japanese car makers’ “gentlemen’s agreement” not to exceed a 280 PS (276 HP) rating. It is widely believed the RB26DETT actually produced at least 50 more horsepower than advertised in stock trim. All that really doesn’t matter to most of you though because almost EVERYBODY buys these cars to at the bare minimum remove the restrictive OEM intake and exhaust components. Were you planning on keeping yours stock? I totally believe you… really, I do… What’s that sound though? A free breathing RB26… sure sounds nice…

What to pay

We are not here to beat around the bush, so I will come out and say it. The price on US import eligible R32 Skylines has at least double across the board. A GT-R that was 1,000,000 Yen a few years ago is now at least 2,000,000 Yen. As of writing this only the most beat cars go for under 1,000,000 Yen, and really nice cars go for 2,250,00. We are keeping track of recent months statistics on the Nissan Skyline GT-R Cost page so you can see recent costs for different auction grades and mileage ranges. Be careful though, if you see a high grade car that is cheap with low mileage it’s because the auction sheet showed that the mileage was unknown due to a gauge cluster change.

If you’re looking to start the search for your own Skyline GT-R, head over to our Import Cost Calculator to get an estimate on how much your car will cost you landed ready for you to pick up at the port you select. WE have a standard exporter fee structure built in as well as automatically updated exchange rate built in.

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