The original Hakosuka Skyline GT-R is among the most beautiful, charming automobiles ever made, one of Japan’s first world-class performance cars. I’ve always liked them as objects, but I never really knew if they were good to drive. I didn’t need to worry, apparently.
The idle thoughts of every young driver turns any old industrial part of town into an imagined race track, fully lit sideways in some sports car you can’t afford. Well, here are those dreams made real.
For years, us Americans dreamed of all-wheel drive Nissan Skyline GT-Rs, cars that we’d only see in Gran Turismo, banned from our roads. But now that more and more Skylines are legal under the 25-year import rule, we’re getting more and more of these things, including the non-AWD models.
Chris Harris revisited the Nissan GT-R nine years after he first drove one, and despite its timeless sensation, its over-engineered driving mechanics have always been a trick to master when pushing it.
All JDM Motors, a Japanese tuner and import car parts store in North Charleston, SC, was accused of smuggling illegal cars into the United States after authorities discovered a 1996 Nissan R33 GT-R hidden in a shipping container.
“All the cool things people say about these cars are true.”
Imagine this situation: you buy a brand-new 2017 Nissan GT-R. You’re really excited about this track-slaying beast. The next logical step is to take it out on a spirited joyride. So you bring it to the Tail of the Dragon. And this is where the trouble happened.
If you’ve been keeping up with this series, you know it’s mostly looked at the various meets held at parking areas in Tokyo. As fun and interesting as they all are, they’re far from the only things you can do in Japan if you’re car-crazy. There are several shops and factories you can visit as well. Here’s something…
The Nissan GT-R is genuinely a monster when it comes to, well, just about everything—a performance car in every regard, in almost any situation. That’s why it’s been battling the field for 10 years strong. And yet, it just got destroyed by an Audi wagon three times in a row.
Remember the GT-R concept from 2001? I’m kinda glad it didn’t go down that road.
The Nissan GT-R is still a car that people are buying brand new for some odd reason. Of course, Nissan has to keep things fresh with a new special edition. The good news is that the 2017 GT-R Track Edition turns out to be a pretty decent value for a $128,000 Nissan.
The Nissan GT-R is this generation’s reigning king of tuner cars. A quick search of YouTube alone yields turnt-up GT-Rs with 800, 1,200 or even over 2,500 horsepower. Fun fact! This was not what Nissan had in mind when first it sold the car to us.
Count to six. That’s how long it takes for AMS Performance’s monstrosity of a Nissan GT-R to run the quarter mile. That’s not just quick, it’s terrifying.
Racing never sleeps, as you were probably reminded of last weekend. That’s particularly true when you’ve got a wrecked nub of a race car in the garage and a qualifying session for the main race in about 16 hours.
Last month, I visited Hong Kong on a quest to get a taste of the territory’s thriving JDM car culture. In the process, I met Alan Chan, the most badass mechanic I’ve ever met.
Sure, people gawking over your flashy, expensive vehicle can get annoying sometimes. Just ask our pal Doug DeMuro about his Ferrari 360 Modena, if you’re curious. But when you get attention from a kid like this, a kid willing to crash his bike for a photo of your car before you drive off—nothing beats that.