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1990 R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R Gets Ridiculously Bold Makeover & 800 AWD Horsepower!

Sacrilegious show car shreds the standard and becomes one of the wildest Nissan Skylines ever built on American soil.

John Krueger
Apr 20, 2020
Editor: Sam Du Photographer: Dax Rodriguez

THE AMAZING R32 GT-R

For most, finding an unmolested, low-mileage example of a 1990 R32 Nissan GT-R would be equivalent to finding a needle in a haystack. The R32 is a '90s supercar powered by the mighty RB26DETT, and the first of the iconic (and somewhat obtainable) line of Skyline GT-Rs. Conservatively rated by Nissan at 276hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, its cast-iron straight-six also features parallel-mounted twin-turbos and individual throttle bodies—an indestructible powerplant capable of violence and bred for racing. The GT-R also came with an all-wheel-drive layout that, quite frankly, what makes a GT-R, a GT-R. The sophisticated AWD system helps to keep traction and put the car where it's pilot wants it to go on the track. Obtaining a good condition R32 GT-R would undoubtedly be the cornerstone of a classic car connoisseur's collection, put in storage to then appreciate in value. Robert Anthony of Arizona is not that kind of connoisseur, though. He is the lucky guy who found this single-owner, completely stock, legally imported and registered GT-R with only 20,000 miles. His first order of business was to screw what everyone else said, and do it his way.

A unique story in its own right, Robert bought it off the previous owner's surviving family who kept the car until he passed away in his eighties. The Gun Grey Metallic R32 came fully documented with service records from the dealership dating back to its purchase date. It was as clean a slate as you could possibly get and for Robert, it was just what he needed to execute his extraordinary vision of what the GT-R should be.

Should you pick up an R32 Skyline GT-R for yourself? Check out our buyer's guide on what to look out for.

More on the 25-year-rule of importing and registering foreign vehicles.

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STYLE OVER EVERYTHING

When you first see this Skyline, it's very easy to understand that it's far from typical. At first glance, it's loud and in your face with its slammed stance, glimmering red wrap, unlikely red window tint and candy red wheels (with spikes). A stock GT-R already commands attention, but Robert's makes sure you drop everything you're doing and stare for ten minutes. Modifying such a fine example in his wild style has certainly brought along a lot of attention, both good and bad, but he hasn't let that bother him. After all, the cars we build should be an extension of ourselves, so why let others dictate what you do to your car, right? Robert not only got the memo but wrote it out with nothing but exclamation points.

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EXTERIOR GRABS YOU FIRST

The R32 has pretty bold lines to begin with, in fact, it was originally designed to dominate JTCC Group A class racing back in the early '90s. Robert decided to add some more flair by way of a front-end accessorized with a vented hood and paint-matched N1 headlights. A pair of GReddy side skirts tie in a custom low-hanging carbon-fiber rear diffuser to give the body a rowdy street demeaner. Rounding out the rear are complementing carbon-fiber spoilers on the roof and trunk, plus a quartet of LED taillights-a modern touch no one never would've imagined thirty years ago when these cars first hit the scene.

FITMENT AND FLASH

Underneath all four arches are Work Equip 05 wheels measuring 18x11-in. all-around with aggressive offsets. Robert had the wheels painted a flashy candy red which doesn't include just the centers, but the barrels too. If that wasn't loud enough, he added 326 Racing spike lug nuts to show you he's not f*ckin' around. The wheel lips sit slightly outside the fenders - lowered by Ksport coilovers. Tires had to be stretched, strut towers were modified, and a set of adjustable camber and toe arms were installed in order to dial in the fitment. The results equate to one of the most ridiculously low, static and aggressive R32 GT-Rs in history.

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RB26DETT ON STEROIDS

The GT-R's powerplant is what's perhaps the most admirable of Robert's vision, but he reveals it was one of the most challenging parts of the build. After a spun rod bearing ended the life of the original RB26DETT, a hasty rebuild resulted in another catastrophe. Something was overlooked in the process and after only driving 1,100 miles, the second motor grenaded itself in spectacular fashion. Not one to be discouraged, but also not looking to rebuild it a third time, Robert took to the internet and did some research on increasing the displacement with the RB30 block (commonly found in the R31 Skyline). The old adage of, "there's no replacement for displacement," as well as, "if you want it done right, do it yourself," rang true, and Robert and his friends completed a hybrid RB30 /RB26 themselves, not to mention triple-checking everything this time around.

The larger RB30 block is stuffed with a laundry list of quality parts to ensure the straight-six can handle whatever Robert throws at it. CP pistons and Manley rods handle the bottom end while Tomei cams and cam gears, as well as a Supertech valvetrain allow the head to breathe nicely. Converted to single turbo, a larger BorgWarner S366 feeds a 90mm throttle body and ZeroFab intake manifold, thus supplying massive amounts of boost. Keeping up with the demands of more fuel are 1,000cc Denso injectors and dual AEM 340lph fuel pumps, which are all controlled by a Haltech Platinum Pro ECU. Combine that with a SPEC stage 3 clutch inside Nissan's stout five-speed gearbox paired with its amazing ATTESA AWD system, and Robert has a GT-R that does a helluva job at backing up its Godzilla namesake. How's 800hp sound to you?

BATTLE-READY COCKPIT TO MATCH

Inside, the Skyline reverberates Robert's hardcore build mentality. A six-point rollcage and a pair of Bride seats keep him and his passenger safe and secure. Speaking of Bride, you can't miss the red fabric upholstered to the headliner and door panels. Even though Robert prefers the beautiful hymn of the inline-six emitting from his exhaust, there's still a full Rockford Fosgate sound system for when he wants to listen to some tunes. A small diameter Vertex steering wheel and collection of gauges wrap up the cockpit.

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WHO CARES ABOUT THE HATERS

While this Skyline may not suit everyone's tastes, it suits the tastes of the only person that really matters, and that's Robert. He tells us his car has brought him plenty of compliments, but has also brought its fair share of criticism, especially since the car came to him bone stock, in pristine condition and with only 20,000 miles. "If there's one thing I've learned from all my years, especially with the amount of attention the GT-R gets, it's don't listen to the negativity. Certain people in the scene cannot appreciate diversity," Robert concluded. We couldn't agree more.

ENKEI TRACK WHEELS

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Our photographer Dax Rodriguez was able to photograph Robert's GT-R, both in show form with the red Work Equips and in a more track-ready form with 18x11" gunmetal Enkei RS05RR wheels and a much meatier 285/30R18 tire setup.

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By John Krueger
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1990 R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R Gets Ridiculously Bold Makeover & 800 AWD Horsepower!
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Car: 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
Owner: Robert Anthony
Hometown: Prescott, AZ
Occupation: Store Manager
Instagram: @peepeegtr
Power: 800whp (soft tune)
Engine: RB26DETT with RB30 block; Manley H-beam rods; CP pistons; Supertech valves, guides, valvesprings; ARP head studs; Nitro crank collar with Kings Racing main and rod bearings; Zerofab intake manifold with 90mm throttle body, fuel rail with Tomei fuel pressure regulator; CX Racing turbo manifold; BorgWarner S366 turbo; ceramic coated and heat wrapped manifold and downpipe; custom 3.5" stainless mandrel-bent exhaust and downpipe; 3" intercooler with custom 3" and 4" piping; TiAL 44mm wastegate & blow-off valve; 1000cc R35 GT-R Denso injectors; dual AEM 340lph fuel pumps; LS2 ignition coil conversion; Mishimoto radiator with G-Plus hoses; -AN black breather hose; polished catch can; NISMO mounts, oil pump, water pump; Tomei cams, cam gears, timing belt, metal gaskets with orifice and oil pan baffle; hydrodipped carbon-fiber covers and clear Nitto timing cover; Kandy'd turbo with horn
Drivetrain: Spec stage 3 clutch
Engine Management: Haltech Platinum Pro and Bee-R limiter
Footwork & Chassis: KSport coilovers; modified strut towers; adjustable camber and toe arms; G-Tech ABS and HICAS delete
Brakes: factory calipers powdercoated Plum Crazy
Wheels & Tires: Show: 18x11" +3 Work Equip 05 wheels painted Kandy Laser red; 225/35R18 Federal tires; Track: 18x11" +16 Enkei RS05RR wheels; Federal 285/30R18 Federal tires; 326 Racing spikes with ARP studs
Exterior: custom front and rear bash bars; D-Max-style vented hood, carbon-fiber roof wing; N1 carbon-fiber trunk lip with bumper vents; custom 3" front splitter and aluminum rods; custom carbon-fiber rear diffuser; GReddy Gracer side skirts; custom Rising Sun LED taillights; color-matched N1 headlights; smoked turn signals; LED underglow; TeckWrap True Blood gloss aluminum vinyl; translucent red chrome window tint
Interior: six-point rollcage; Bride seats; Vertex steering wheel; headliner, shift boot and door inserts reupholstered in Bride fabric; pillars reupholstered in suede; dual carbon-fiber gauge pods pillar; boost air/fuel ratio gauges; Rockford Fosgate speakers, tweeters, subwoofer, amp
Thanks: my lady Amber for supporting my addiction; Tony at UMStuning; John at Brinkley's Auto & Fab; Kevin at Nichols Auto Fab; Chris at AnR Machine; Diego at Tire Bros; Edgardo at Beals Auto Body

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