Nissan Skyline (GT-R) ...from the beginning

 

Nissan SkyLine Delux, data on production: 1957 (1484cc,44kW) | SkyLine Sports, data on production: 1962 (1862cc,69kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine Delux1500, data on production: 1963 (1484cc,51kW) | SkyLine 2000GT-Bmodel, data on production: 1964 (1988cc,121kW)

1964 SkyLine: Prince, a Japanese car- maker (taken over by Nissan in 1967) enters a six-cylinder version of its Skyline saloon in the Japanese Grand Prix. The car impresses the crowd when it overtakes a Porsche 904 GTS.

 

 

Nissan SkyLine 2000 GT-R, data on production: 1969 (1989cc,118kW)

1969 - Nissan, new owner of the Skyline range nameplate, launches the first GTR, a Skyline saloon fitted with the 120 kW straight six from the R380 sports prototype. This homologation special notches up 50 major race victories in Japan,USA and Australasia Over the next three years 1969-1972.

 

SkyLine XT2000GT-X model, data on production: 1971 (1989cc,121kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine HT2000 GT-R, data on production: 1972 (1989cc,184kW) | Nissan SkyLine H/T2000 GT-R, data on production: 1972 (1989cc,184kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine H/T 2000 GT-R, data on production: 1973 (1989cc,118kW)

1973 Model - The second-generation GTR-Skyline is launched, with rakish fastback body. Emissions regulations cut short production after 197 examples have been Manufactured.

Nissan SkyLine Model H/T2000 GT-R, data on production: 1973 (KPG 110 - 1989cc,184kW)

1989 - Birth of the first modern GTR, the R32. Built with competition in mind, it annihilates the opposition in the 1990 Group A Japan Touring Car Championship, winning all 29 contested races. It features electronic four-wheel drive, electronic four-wheel steering, and a twin-turbo six pushing out 206 kW (280 PS), the highest power output claim allowed by the Japanese authorities.

 

 

 

Nissan SkyLine H/T 2000 GT-E/Gt-X-E data on production: 1976 (1989cc,96kW) | Nissan SkyLine Model 2000 GT-EL, data on production: 1980 (1989cc,92kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine 2000 GT data on production: 1980 (1989cc,85kW) | Nissan SkyLine Model H-T turbo 2000 GT-ES, data on production: 1981 (1989cc,107kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine 2000 GT-E/X data on production: 1983 (1989cc,85kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT Twin cam Passage, data on production: 1985 (1989cc,221kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine 4-door Hardtop GTS Twin cam 24VTurbo (1998cc,140KW) , data on production: 1986| Nissan SkyLine model200GTS-R, data on production: 1987 (1989cc,154kW)

 

SkyLine from 1986: The styling is more wedge-like, less bluff-nosed than before, the new car being slightly longer - sized mid-way between a Cavalier and Montego. Some hallmarks of the old cars remain - the Bluebird's heavily flared wheel arches and the Stanza's distinctive rear extractor vents for example - but both the five-door hatchback (Cd 0.36) and the four-door saloon (Cd 0.37) show useful improvements in aerodynamics.

The Nissan's automatic transmission is by no means the smoothest shifting unit in production - every change up the box is felt as a small jerk - and better acceleration would certainly result if it hung on to the intermediates longer than it does. Even so, its kickdown points are well judged and, unless maximum performance is required for a particular overtaking manoeuvre, the driver need never resort to overriding the system.

This Nissan is comprehensively equipped. Standard items include alloy wheels, power steering, powered sunroof, windows and door mirrors, central locking, a stereo cassette player/radio and a synthesised voice warning system.

The engine of this Nissan is reasonably subdued at cruising speeds (70 mph represents just over 3000 rpm), but such is its lethargy that the temptation is to work it hard and put up with the extra noise. Otherwise, the Bluebird is a quiet car with low levels of wind, road and transmission noise.

The ride is acceptable, if not as good as that of a Sierra or a Montego. Low speed absorption over broken surfaces is good, though the suspension is less pliant when pressing on over indifferent secondary roads.

Instrumentation consists of two rather over-styled semi-circular main dials flanked by the usual temperature and fuel gauges. There are twin odometers - said to be a useful plus for business users who operate their company cars on a mileage allowance - together with an LCD clock housed in the base of the tachometer. There's also a useful warning light which monitors the stop and tail lights.

Good seats, well positioned controls and fine tuning permitted by seat tilt, steering column height and lumbar thrust adjustments, make for a very comfortable driving position. The usual stalks control indicator, lights and wiper functions, while the remaining switches are within fingertip reach on either side of the instrument binnacle. Legroom and headroom are both good for the driver, though the front seats encroach on rear passengers' kneeroom when pushed back.

The Bluebird is well built with snug panels, evenly-applied paint and good detail design. But on this model, the "Tricot" seat trim only covers the wearing surfaces and neither it nor the carpeting appears to be of the most durable quality. On the test car, the blue interior trim was all pervading - extending to the facia, steering wheel and cloth headlining.

Nissan was expect the smallest-engined Bluebirds to account for most of the initial sales pending the arrival of the 1.8-litre models.

 

SkyLine from 1987: added to driving satisfaction -

Hennie claims 155 kW for his Nissan six conversion, based on years of racing experience. It produces a reliable fireball...

With Hennie's own Nissan GTX it was a case of trying out various techniques that he had learned over the past 20 years (Story for race preparation).

 

Nissan Skyline GTX known as "ZEE" - turned the Nissan Skyline GTX into
a Gran Turismo
car (from 100 km/h of 3,5 secs)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine model200GTS-R (1998cc,294KW) , data on production: 1988| Nissan SkyLine GT-R, data on production: 1989 (2569cc,206kW) tests from the auto experts, GT-R R32 and Skyline 300ZX E-TS drive system

 

The Nissan 300ZX: Like the pivotal 200SX and mighty Skyline GT-R, the Nissan 300ZX resisted iconoclastic assault. It grew in stature with the miles, its class and ability shining. In profile the 300ZX could be mistaken for a mid-engined car, but the layout of the drivetrain hasn't changed. Engine and gearbox are up front, crowding a bay that's packed to the brim, driving back wheels that carry less than hall the car's weight. Only the 2+2, 101-inch wheelbase. As an exercise in packaging efficiency it merits a soft raspberry, but then space behind the two front seats was never a design priority. Comfort is a strong suit, even allowing for firm, multi-link suspension that's far from supple.

 

Nissan Skyline GT-R , data on production: 1990

The Nissan SkyLine R32 GT-R wins the Spa 24-hour 1000 km endurance race as a part of the Sports-Racing World Cup.

 

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R N1, data on production: 1991 (2569cc,206kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R Group N, data on production: 1992 (2569cc,297kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R Group A, data on production: 1993 (2569cc,405kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R Prototype, data on production: 1993 (2569cc,206kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC, data on production: 1994 (2568cc,405kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R Model LM, data on production: 1995 (2568cc,297kW)

1995 Nissan SkyLiner - Appearance of second "new-generation" GTR Skyline, the R33. Power claims remain the same, but performance indicates a considerable increase. The sport car racks up 50 wins in the new N1 endurance series, and sets a new production car lap record of 7 minutes 57 seconds at the Nurburgring. In Australia, the racing version this Skyline, dubbed Godzilla, dominates to such an extent that it is legislated out of competition.

 

Tuned GTR Skyline, the Nissan R33 article | GT Club MotoRex.Inc

 

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R LM, data on production: 1996 (2765cc,441kW)

1996 - A large tuning industry, headed by NISMO (Nissan Motorsport) develops around the GTR. The ultimate roadgoing version, christened 400R, churns out 400 horsepower,also 300 kW; race-trim models have 450 kW on tap.

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R Model LM, data on production: 1996 (2568cc,224kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R Vspec, data on production: 1997 (2568cc,206kW) | Nissan SkyLine 40R Model LM, data on production: 1997 (2771cc,294kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC, data on production: 1998 (2708cc,368kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R, data on production: 1999 (2568cc,206kW) | Nissan GT-R AUTECH version - 260RS, 280HP James's upgrading story(upgrading to the 320 hp)

1999 SkyLine Version - Launch of the R34 version, with shorter body, improved throttle response, and fine-tuned 4x4 and four-wheel steer systems.

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC/bnr34, data on production: 1999 (2708cc,368kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R /S1, data on production: 2000 (2771cc,294kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC, data on production: 2000 (2706cc,338kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R Concept, data on production: 2000

 

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC, data on production: 2002 (2708cc,338kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R mode Vspec II Nur, data on production: 2002 (2568cc,206kW)

 

Nissan SkyLine 350GT, data on production: 2003 (3498cc,206kW) | Nissan SkyLine GT-R JGTC, data on production: 2005 (2568cc,338kW)

 

 

Nissan SkyLine GT-R Proto, data on production: 2005 |Nissan SkyLine GT-R, data on production: 2007 (3799cc,357kW)

 

 

 

GT-R - incredibly linear power ( powered by a 480hp and 430-ft-lbs, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 motor mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transaxle and Nissan's ATTESA ET-S all-wheel-drive system. )

 

 

Is a true heavyweight, and maybe even the heavyweight champion of the sports car world. Nissan certainly is successful in building a daily driver.

 

The GT-R is another in an ever-increasing category of cars that can perform very well, even if you don't have a lot of race skills. It makes up for talent with technology. This is very different than a Porsche and sports BMW.

 

This all makes for an incredible amount of performance and more fun, that is also extremely controllable.

The dual-clutch gearbox works very well for what it is, but we still wish a true manual was available. Nissan's variable-ratio steering is as good or better than any version offered by the competition. There is no sudden switch from one mode to another, and it's actually surprising how direct the steering is and how immediately the car reacts to inputs.

 

This Nissan GT-R comes equipped with traction control, although Nissan isn't big on publicizing this aspect of the car. To initiate the system. Nissan claims a 0-60 mph speed of 3.5 seconds with this method, but most independent testing has knocked a few notches off of that conservative number.

 

The GT-R is comfortable, even with seats that are perfect for holding you in place while on track duty. The seat position is high up so the car isn't difficult to get in to or see out of.

 

Nissan's TOYS: To go with all the high-tech engineering in the GT-Rs, Nissan worked with polyphony of video games to devise a multifunction display that would tell a driver everything he could possibly want to know about the sports car. With 11 screens of information, drivers can identify everything from the brake pressure to the steering angle to the throttle position to the amount of lateral g-forces. Better yet, the system has a playback function so you can study your own driving technique.

 

 

Nissan SkyLine 370GT, data on production: 2007 (3696cc,245kW) |Nissan SkyLine GT GT-R, data on production: 2008 (4494cc,370kW)

 

 

 

Interesting Facts:
The "RH9" concept was started in japan with a desire to motivate Skyline GT-R owners to produce 9-second 400-meter time slips in street trim on street-approved tires. Vehicles capable of such a feat were able to join the Record Holder's 9 Club.

With the introduction of the more powerful R35 GT-R in 2008, the challenge to join the 9-second club became more attainable, but was still recognized as a feat worthy of reward. As more tuners discovered the tricks to unleash 9-second quarter-mile times in the R35 platform, it became clear that a more exclusive RH8 Club would need to be ordained.

 

Nissan GT-R Spec-V Model for Japan Market , data on production: 2009 (3799cc,357kW) |Nissan SkyLine GT-R, data on production: 20011 (3799cc,390kW)

 

GTR

 

GTR won SP8T class. Currently digging through (around 1800 after first deleting session and 2645 before) there are also a couple of good ones of the Avon Tyres British GT Series GTRs and both 24h GTRs and the 370Z.

 

370Z GT

 

The Nissan Model 370Z GT Edition is a special edition car with brillant new body colours. It has more sportly control and is also refined and luxurious with its smooth design elements and comfort leather seats.

 

 

Nissan GT-R GT3, data on production: 2012 (3799cc,390kW) |Nissan GT-R For Track Pack, data on production: 2013 (3799cc,390kW)

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