Hailing from the land of the rising sun, the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) emerged as the third generation of its model. Production began in 1989 with a completely redesigned format, which was nearly sixteen years since the last Skyline GT-R was built. By that time, Nissan was already well-established in the world of racing.

Engineers tested a variety of engines before settling on the now legendary RB26DETT, a twin turbo inline-six. As a side note, Japan heavily regulates vehicles and categorizes them into different classes by factors such as engine displacement and size of the car. The R32 put out enough power to be rated in a higher cc class, which required it be fitted with wider tires. Because of this, Nissan decided to take it a step further and build the GT-R in AWD for grip and stability.

There were also a few models that were homologated by Nismo, Nissan’s performance line, which is similar to SVT to Ford. The stock models from the factory are still highly tunable as they are capable of 500+ HP with a few modifications and are an iconic vehicle in the world of JDM cars. The production of the R-32 ceased in 1994, but only to bring in the new fourth gen, the R33.

Unfortunately in the U.S., we have a 25-year ban on select imported vehicles such as the Skyline and Silvia. But it’s not all bad: a portion of these cars have already been legally imported. Like many Japanese vehicles, The Fast and the Furious franchise is partially responsible for the popularity of these cars and while we are up to the 2020 R35 today, each body style continues to carry its own cult following.

If you don’t have the means to own a Skyline, you can experience one on DriveShare, such as this 1991 Nissan Skyline in Woodbridge, VA, or this ’90 in New York, or this GTS-4 in Azle, Texas.

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