1989-1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)

This was my first official write-up for CarLustBlog.com, back in October 11, 2011. A lot has changed since then, as there’s FAR more pics and information available on this machine than just 7 years ago. My opinion on some details, as well as writing skills have also changed. Mistakes have been fixed, sections of the post have been moved and expanded (including pics and links), but the original bones are still there.

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Godzilla. You know you’re doing something right with a nickname like that.

While reading the GT-R story in Motor Trend Classic, I asked myself if it was fair to compare the technological tour-de-force that is the BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R with the lightweight (2500lbs vs 3150lbs), naturally aspirated rear-wheel-drive KGPC10 Nissan Skyline GT-R, aka the Hakosuka. They do have something in common, aside from name. Both were born to WIN.

The R32 range was spearheaded by automotive engineer Naganori Ito, who of course worked on its most famous version, the BNR32. This one was built around the latest Group A racing regulations. Nissan wanted to do better than its predecessor, the R31 Nissan Skyline GTS-R. Plus, it was a good opportunity to resurrect the GT-R badge, last seen on the 4th generation Skyline (R32s are the 8th), the 1973 Kenmeri KPGC110 Nissan Skyline GT-R. For that, some serious hardware was going to be needed: Continue reading