The The Nissan GTR is synonymous with Godzilla for a reason.. Although the R32 GT-R was not the first Nissan Skyline GT-R, it certainly marked the start of the GT-R brand’s superstardom. The first skyline GT-R was presented in 1969 at the Tokyo Motor Show, named the Skyline 2000 GTR, it absolutely dominated Japanese domestic touring car racing with 52 wins. The 2000 GTR was nicknamed the “hakosuka” GTR, which translates to “boxy GTR”. These cars are now worth more than six figures. Well, enough about the great grandparents of the R32 GTR, let’s get to the superstar. Here are 10 things everyone should know the famous R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R.
10/10 Nissan reverse-engineered the Porsche 959
A three-quarter front view of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
When Nissan engineers were tasked with producing the new Skyline GT-R in 1989, they decided to take a page from the famous German’s book and redesign the car. Neeson took it The Porsche 959, which at the time was the best car you could buy in Germany, and began applying the systems from that car to the R32 GT-R. Nissan took the all-wheel drive system from the 959 and developed their own version, learning from the shortcomings of the all-wheel drive of the 959. Nissan also decided to develop a twin-turbocharged engine because the 959 had shown tremendous success with it.
9/10 The R32 GT-R hit the “280 horsepower” pact.
Front and side view of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
In the late 80s and 90s. Japanese car manufacturers have entered into a “gentleman’s agreement”.“not to build a car with more than 280 horsepower for safety reasons. That’s why the R32 GT-R, R33 GT-R and R34 GT-R all have the same horsepower, at least on paper. Nissan engineers have always teased that the car has more than 300 horsepower, and the way it destroyed the competition proved that to be true.
8/10 In 1989, rear steering was installed…
Side and rear view of the black R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Yes, the R32 came with a four-wheel steering system that helped increase cornering and stability along with tight turning radius assistance. of course other cars of the time introduced four-wheel steering, such as the Mazda 626but these systems only made parking easier, but did not provide stability at high speeds.
7/10 The R32 made a mockery of some fine Germans at the Nürburgring
R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R racing car action
Nissan has developed an all-new four-corner multi-link suspension that perfected the principle of double wishbones. The new suspension gave more steering feel and improved camber control and improved ride quality. Nissan brought journalists to the knees of the GT-R around the Nurburgringand they found that the GT-R turned faster laps than such German rivals Porsche 928 GT, Mercedes 500 SLand BMW M5 has done with professional drivers behind the wheel, a very impressive achievement that demonstrates the confidence the R32 GT-R instills in its driver.
6/10 R32 GT-R Put the GT-R brand on the map
Side profile shot of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
If someone asks you when the first Skyline was produced, chances are you’ll think it’s from the 90s, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Skyline has been around longer than Porsche 911 (1957) and the GT-R has been around since 1969, but people only remember the R32 GTR because it really was an engineering marvel.
5/10 It came with the famous “RB26” engine.
Shot of the RB26 DETT engine in the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
Almost every car enthusiast knows about the RB26 installed in the R32-R34 GT-R, it as famous as Toyota’s 2JZ found in the Mk4 Supra. Both of these engines gained their fame due to their huge adjustability, and of course Fast and Furious. The RB26 DETT can make over 500 horsepower with only hybrid turbos or a single turbo swap, and even up to 1000 with some engine work.
4/10 Cheaper siblings disguised as the GT-R
Side and front view of the R32 Nissan Skyline GTS-t
The GT-R was preceded by smaller models such as the GXi, GTE and GTS. These models shared the same basic form as the GT-R, but were equipped with non-turbocharged engines. A step below the GTR was the GTS-T, which was a single-turbo version of the GTS that already looked quite similar to the GT-R. A lot of people would swap the RB26 for a GTS-T and do that rear-wheel drive GT-R this would make a fantastic drift car, especially in sedan form. The only problem is the fact that many of the R32 “GT-Rs” found in the US are not GT-Rs, but modified GTS-Ts with the RB26 swapped into them. This is a known scam to be wary of.
3/10 Dominant on the track
R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R action on the track
In the Godzilla film series The Godzilla would scare the crap out of anyone who even thought of challenging it, and it looks a lot like the GT-R. In 1989, Nissan entered the R32 in the Japan Touring Car Championship. By 1991, almost all domestic competitors had dropped out of the series. The R32 GT-R won every race it started, 29 in a row over four seasons.
2/10 He dethroned the Porsche 944
Side profile of the black R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The Porsche 944, an amazing everyday sports car which ran with the best in its time, held the Nürburgring production car record until Godzilla came along. The Porsche 944’s Nürburgring time was 8:45 minutes, an extraordinary time for a car from the 80s. Then came the Nissan GTR, which broke the record with a time of 8:20 minutes, a full 25 seconds faster than the 944. If you had told someone in 1985 that a Nissan would beat Porsche’s record, they would have thought you had lost your balls.
1/10 A practical choice for everyday use
Interior shot of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The R32 GT-R offered extreme performance, and there was no doubt about that, but what good is owning a car you can’t use? The RB26 R32 engine can be very reliable, especially if left stock and properly maintained. In addition to the reliable powerplant, the R32 GTR featured an all-wheel drive system called “ATTESA” or Advanced Total Traction Engineering system for all-terrain vehicles allowing owners to drive their R32 GTR in inclement weather with ease. Finally, the GT-R featured rear seats to take company with you on short trips. Don’t worry too much, the rear seats don’t match the S-Class’ level of luxury; they are quite tight.
Rear shot of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R
So, from four-wheel steering to tricked-out siblings, that isThe GT-R is an action-packed sports car which, understandably, has risen in price significantly over the past decade. The R32 Skyline GT-R can be had for around $40,000-$50,000 at the time of writing, and it is not happening in the future. My advice to anyone considering purchasing an R32 GT-R is to get on the other side of that fence ASAP.