With what seems likely to be a new Toyota Supra on the horizon, a new NSX introduced just in 2016, and fading hope Mazda will be making another rotary RX anytime soon, we got a little wistful for the final side of our JDM hero car quadrilateral, the Skyline. Sure, the model is still around in Japan, but for all intents and purposes it’s just a rebadged Infiniti G/Q to us, plus there will never again be a Skyline GT-R until the “GT-R” is absorbed back into the lineup. Which is to say nothing of how long in the tooth the Nissan supercar has become (time to reboot, guys).
GT-R have always been the most valued of the Skyline lot, but anyone with a properly cared for Hakosuka or Kenmeri deserves props, too, for keeping roots alive. Based on viewership, we dug up these classic Skyline features from the last five years to show how deep the love runs.
Patrick Soliman’s super-clean C110-era Skyline nails the mild bosozoku look, especially with those flared fenders and Techno Phantoms underneath. This Kenmeri is more than just looks, however, rocking an RB26DETT swap from an R33 GT-R under hood that helps it make 550 horsepower.
Save for the bright yellow TE37 kicks at each corner, you might think this R34 is pretty run-of-the-mill, but you’d be wrong. It comes from Global Auto in Japan, a vehicle dealership that specializes in selling modified Skyline GT-R, Supra, RX-7, Lancer Evolutions, and Impreza. This track-spec Godzilla makes 920hp, comes with a Holinger sequential six-speed gearbox, and we’re sure can be yours for the right price.
From the moment we laid eyes on Aki Fuchigami’s Midnight purple R32, we knew it was lust. The onetime 760hp drag racing build is replete with deliberate and tasteful modifications, from the one-off 30mm-widened fenders to the Tomei-laden rotating assembly in the RB26 sending power through a 6-speed sequential trans.
As if an R34 GT-R wasn’t enough, the V-spec version is rarer still. And it was converted to left-hand drive to comply with local regulations, making Jimbo Vicente’s Skyline completely unique. In its heyday, this R34 was good for 425awhp and mid-11-second time slips.
Renowned for his over-the-top supercar creations, Liberty Walk founder Wataru Kato marches to a slightly different beat with his personal Skyline. Kato-san’s Kenmeri stands out with a foursome of substantial overfenders flushed to a set of 14x10-inch front and 14x13 rear (!) wheels shod in classic Advan rubber; a completely smoothed booty sans bumper; yanki-style headlights; and the list goes on and on.