As if they weren't busy enough, the crew at GReddy Performance Products, who were recently knee-deep in their GPP Live "mini SEMA" event managed to curate a group of Nissan Skyline and GT-R models that included two different R32, an R33, R34 and an R35—and it was as glorious as it sounds.
Long branded as Nissan's most formidable chassis for decades, few vehicles in the Japanese automaking realm carry as much weight as the AWD, turbocharged dynamo that, in one form or another, sits atop most enthusiast's wish list. Being that some of these vehicles have crossed the 25-year threshold and opened the flood gates to legitimate importation, you've certainly seen them here and there in person and consistently featured on the Super Street Network. However, it's not often that you'll run across a group put on display the way GReddy did, and since they invited us down to check out their GPP Live event, we felt it would be criminal not to grab some photos and details on these beauties.
1991 R32 Skyline GT-R
We just featured Ed Liu's R32 last year and it looked better than ever perched under the GReddy headquarters signage. The clean Pandem wing maintains the 32's buff, boxy rear while a set of Garage Active carbon fiber mirrors and a carbon splitter add a touch of aggression but don't take away from the coveted early '90s body lines.
The Rays Gramlights 57C that were shown in the original feature have been switched out for a set of glossy black TE37.
While under the hood, this RB26 remains a rolling catalog of GReddy goods, including a massive intercooler core that fills the entire front bumper opening and the brand's dual suction kit. In addition, the previous GReddy intake manifold was removed and the factory ITBs ditched in lieu of a newer version that relies on a single 90mm throttle body. In terms of a well-rounded, OEM+ style R32 that can be enjoyed on the street or track, it doesn't get any better than Ed Liu's multifaceted R32 vision.
1989 R32 Skyline GT-R
YouTube sensation and avid track day junkie Dustin Williams is the owner of the other R32 on hand at GReddy. He also has an R34, R35 that we featured earlier this year, and a few other highly sought after builds in his stable.
For his R32, Williams converted to a single Comp Turbo unit that hangs off of a twin scroll manifold, while on the cold side, like Ed Liu, he's gone with GReddy's single 90mm throttle body and intake manifold, oil cooler and the same large-scale intercooler up front.
Just about complete and ready to enjoy on the street, the setup you see pictured won't be there for very long. That's because GReddy announced that they'll be offering complete engine packages and this R32 will get one of the very first. The "RB28" will be shared in detail by the crew at GReddy as they prep it for duty and tune it on an engine dyno before it finally settles into Williams' Skyline. The entire process will be documented and you can catch updates via GReddy's social media and of course, Williams' You Tube channel once this begins to unfold.
Skyline R33 GT-R
Of the R32-35 lineage, the R33, for one reason or another, tends to be the least popular. Perhaps it's the mild, more rounded body lines and headlight treatment that pushes people away, especially when bookended by the stout character of the 32 and the alpha male look of the 34. Regardless, the R33 is every bit as lethal and carries a mountain of potential, just like its siblings.
This version, owned by Satoshi Tauchi of local sushi favorite Uoko Sushi, is a good example of how a little goes a long way in serving justice to the 33's body style. A carbon fiber hood and staggered BBS LM wheels, along with a Type 24 GReddy front-mount intercooler, are really the only changes revealed by the exterior.
Various scuffs and bruises remind you that this car gets driven and enjoyed. Now with enough years under its belt, we expect the R33 will gain some momentum in the states and finally get its just due.
1999 R34 Nissan Skyline V-Spec
Imported by Top Rank, this fan favorite 1999 R34 in person is every bit as perfect as the images suggest. The spotless interior and mystic, almost color-shifting Midnight Purple II exterior have been obsessively maintained.
This model gets the nod from the EPA even with less than 25 years under its belt due to its rarity. Being one of just 282 models ever produced in this configuration, it holds a special "show or display" title that gives it legal status and the NHTSA grants up to 2,500 public road miles per year to be racked up. We recently featured another R34 just like it and explained the process the owner went through.
This particular version relies on GReddy's Suction Kit intake system, Type 29 intercooler and intercooler and charge piping upgrades. The mods remain mild to maintain the car's original stature and the price for this vehicle is right up where you'd expect one of Japan's most desirable chassis - in one of its rarest forms and in pristine condition - to fetch.
2009 R35 Nissan GT-R
Right when the R35 hit the U.S. market, GReddy Performance Products purchased one and began development. Their early R&D led to one of the very first bolt-on turbo upgrades for the model that so many claimed was "completely un-tunable" at the time.
GReddy's deep dive into parts production for the 35 included bolt-on goods like the intake manifolds you see, oil and trans coolers, but also a complete engine program. At that time, this demo GT-R wasn't granted a complete engine build, as they were quickly sold to clientele, but GReddy Marketing Manager Mike Chung purchased the car from the company and put his own touch on it. Chung's updates included having the engine and transmission built by SP Engineering and, with flex fuel at play and 33psi on tap, the VR pumped out over 900hp.
Its outward appearance is clean and simple, with Matte Blue Gunmetal Volk TE37 to contrast the spotless white body.
For the keen eye, an N-Tune V.5 facelift. Expertly painted by the crew at Signature Autobody, the exposed carbon fiber and painted combo up front ties into the rear wing for a seamless look that simply won't age.
GReddy stated that their new complete engine program, which includes the aforementioned RB28 for Dustin Williams' R32, will also include a VR38DETT option as well.