After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. Nissan too has a product and a very special one at that, the Godzilla of cars, the GT-R. Whereas here in Oz, we see the R33 GT-R's as the R32's fatter and less successful sibling, around the world, it's the R33 that's usually perceived as the hero car. Toward the end of my time with this Japanese monster in robot clothing, I get a text from my brother asking if he could go for a spin in the GT-R.
Inside, you get leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation and enhancement, USB connectivity, and satellite and HD radio.
It has changed up the segment with its scorching performance and lower-price tag compared to the competition, thus making it your everyday supercar. Generating more than four times the factory horsepower and torque led to the essential reinforcement of the driveline.
Instead of a large, heavy engine thirsty for fuel, the Nissan GT-R is powered by an ideally sized, twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a prodigious 565 hp and equally immense 467 lb-ft of torque. But it still is. It still bests other supercars that cost two, three, ten times as much.
Founded on saloon car racing dominance, almost implausible lap times of the N??rburgring and an underground following that translated into unquenchable public demand here in the UK, the Skyline has created its own legends. What made it the most modern among other sports cars was a 5.8-inch screen sitting right in the middle of the dashboard, displaying seven parameters, including performance and cornering forces.
Hold on tight because the GT-R's combo of turbo power and all-wheel drive will stretch your neck in the corners. A stylish Black Edition model has been added to the lineup, the V6 pumps out even more horsepower and the GT-R's exterior design is more aerodynamic than ever.
Nissan is better known for affordable, reliable hatchbacks and its successful range of Nissan Skyline GT-R crossovers and SUVs than extreme, high-performance cars, but every now and then it breaks the mould. Both GT-Rs are great handlers, courtesy of Nissan's famed ATTESA ET-S all-wheel drive system.