The Nissan Skyline is one of the most well-known and desired cars to ever come out of the land of the rising sun. Whether it be the inline-six RB26 or the VR38 V6, tuners all over the world are still choosing the GT-R as their vehicle for time attacks, drag racing, and other competitive motorsports. Just recently the AMS Alpha Omega R35 became the first GT-R to break into the 7s at the quarter mile.
With a nickname like Godzilla, the Nissan Skyline GT-R rivals supercars many times its cost. Its emblem serves as a badge of honor that carries rich racing heritage. With that in mind we put together a top 10 of Skyline GT-Rs previously featured in Import Tuner. In no particular order, enjoy some impossible to forget builds seen below.
Hideki Takaku Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
Article excerpt: "Immediately after purchasing the car, he stripped it down completely to spot-weld the chassis, opting not to run a 'cage. The lack of a roll cage in a build of this caliber may seem odd, however you notice such a minimalist approach with this car in its entirety."
Why we love it: "You gotta love Takaku's minimalist approach. He kept all of his interior panels intact without a roll cage, but still created a serious track contender."
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Auto Select Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Article excerpt: "The new Yellow Shark proved its capabilities at the 2011 HKS Premium Day in Fuji Speedway managing to grab Third Place in the all-wheel-drive class of the Option Speed Max time-attack event with a best lap of 1'46"484."
Why we love it: "With 850 horsepower this yellow Skyline floats like a butterfly and stings like Japanese giant hornet."
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Syuko Morita Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
Article excerpt: "In its current state, the RB26 is on its sixth rendition. This version started with a Nismo short block, with NRS boring it out to 87mm, giving it a final displacement of 2.66 liters. With 2.7-, 2.8-, and even 3.0-liter versions of bored stroker kits available, we asked why Morita didn't take advantage of them. The Osaka native explained that he wanted a car that achieved balance."
Why we love it: "This R32 strays away from the typical cookie cutter weight reducing techniques and uses ballstic-grade Kevlar instead of carbon fiber. The material is roughly $50 per square foot. Consider its front fender, bumper, side skirts, hood, grille, diffuser, and GT wing are made from Kevlar."
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Sun Line Racing Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
A full-fledged tuning shop must consider the affect one modification has to another no matter how trivial or unrelated they may seem.
Article excerpt: "For Sun Line Racing in Okayama Japan, the R34 represents the philosophy that an affordable and extremely capable machine doesn't have to be high maintenance or a dust-covered garage queen."
"A full-fledged tuning shop must consider the affect one modification has to another no matter how trivial or unrelated they may seem. A perfect example is that once a car is modified to accelerate quicker, it must be counteracted with an approach to make the car decelerate equivalently-unless it's a drag machine packing a chute in the rear."
Why we love it: "A Nissan Skyline GT-R is one thing, but a GT-R with a Nismo Z-Tune aero package is straight flexin."
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Wen Lai Nissan Skyline GT-R R33
Article excerpt: "Produced from 1995-1998, the R33 chassis-coded Nissan Skyline GT-R was a technological marvel. Packed with a twin-turbocharged inline-six engine capable of pushing quad-digit horsepower numbers, the R33 also brought the ATTESA-ETS all-wheel-drive system and Super HICAS four-wheel steering."
"Rated for 1,000PS of total output, the T51R turbo is the ticket that Lai punched to enter the world of 709 wheel hp."
Why we love it: "A legal Skyline in the U.S. is pretty rare. Wen Lai managed to get a Nissan R33 imported and build it with 709 wheel horsepower."
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Pentroof Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Article excerpt: "The truth is, running close to 700 hp, the Skyline GT-R has never been as easy to tune as today, as part development continues at what seems like an unseen rate.
"And let's talk about its performance on those Japanese open highways Kitabayashi-san referred to. He confirms this R34 has seen at least 340 km/h out there-just over 211 mph."
Why we love it: " While we don't advocate street racing, a 211mph run on the Wangan (Japan's Bayshore Route) is pretty impressive."
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Mystery Millionaire Nissan GT-R #1
Article excerpt: "The customer told them to build the vehicles to make 1,000 awhp. You know, like a boss would. Achieving that horsepower number required taking the already amazingly engineered VR38DETTs to a whole other level entirely."
"Greddy TD06 turbochargers were modified to flow in the 1,000-plus all-wheel horsepower range without sacrificing response."
Why we love it: "SP Engineering did an amazing job building this GT-R with a sexy Tommy Kaira Ebrezza-R Aero Kit paired with Top Secret Gold paint. It's not just a pretty looking GT-R, under the hood lies an insane amount of power."
Full article: Mystery Millionaire Nissan GT-R #1
Mystery Millionaire Nissan GT-R #2
Article excerpt: "For the black chassis, a beautiful wet carbon Black Bison body kit by Wald was chosen to grace the exterior."
"A rough estimate on the value of each car would be about $250,000. Yes, each. That's half a million dollars in one order. Like a boss."
Why we love it: "The second GT-R out of the two featured has the same amount of mods, but rocks a Wald Black Bison body kit, which easily runs around $12,500. Let that sink in. Just for the kit alone. That doesn't include paint or installation. What's the price tag for one of these GT-Rs? A cool quarter million."
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Mine's Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Not many cars can make drift king Keiichi Tsuchiya utter 'It's too fast!
Article excerpt: "This is the car that legends are made of. It is very possibly the most viewed Japanese car on YouTube and the no-brainer choice on Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport. It's a record holder in a country full of record breakers. It is the Mine's R34 Skyline GT-R."
"At full boil, the R34 sounds menacing. But it doesn't sound irritating. That's because Mine's makes a big deal of building cars that are genuinely streetable."
Why we love it: "The Mine's R34 really needs no introduction. Not many cars can make drift king Keiichi Tsuchiya utter 'It's too fast!' But this particular car managed to do so. Instead of big horsepower numbers, Mine's focused on engine response. And yet the interior is street friendly; no jungle gym roll cage, no racing bucket seats. It's quite possibly the ultimate Nissan GT-R street racer."
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Ben Sopra Nissan GT-R
Article excerpt: "Kazunori Ueda of Ben Sopra is a man of vision, driven by passion and a need to make a statement in the aftermarket-tuning world that he loves so much."
"It took years of work, but it wasn't only the rear-wheel-drive transformation that Blitz did. The VR38DETT was stripped down and rebuilt with forged internals, which included CP pistons and Carillo H-section connecting rods."
Why we love it: "You saw this one coming. The Ben Sopra GT-R is probably the most aggressive variant you'll ever see on the streets. Not only is the aero unique, the engine drivetrain will make any GT-R purist go insane. Previously owned by Blitz, it was converted to a RWD platform and built for 1,000 hp. Ueda- San definitely made his mark in the aftermarket-tuning world, but what's more exciting is that he has a lot more projects that will be sure to blow our minds."
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