Nissan Skyline

Zaheer August 22, 2011 0

The Nissan Skyline, a series of compact vehicles manufactured and introduced by Prince Motor Company in 1957. In 1966, the Prince Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company Ltd merged and Nissan took control over the Prince Motor operations. The Skyline is still in production and offered as coupe or sedan with a station wagon version joined the line for short period of time in 1989 after R32 platform was released. The Skyline is known as round brake lights.

The Skyline generations from R30 to R34 are still well-known tuner vehicles among the Japanese car enthusiasts from 1980s till date. The reason behind its popularity is the features like straight-6 engines, turbochargers, and the high-performance GT-R trim. Although, it was not offered in United States, the fame of Skyline in video games, movies and magazines ended in raising its demand in the United States and many of them were imported between the period of 1999 and 2005 only after Motorex appealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to clear the 1990-1999 GT-Rs and GTSs to be imported in United States only if these were altered to fulfill the United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

The launch of the eleventh generation V35 Skyline was the major breakthrough for the name tag, as it abandoned the Skyline’s distinguishing symbol, i.e. straight-6 engine and turbocharging, ultimately alienated the GT-R into its own separate line and entered into V6-engined era. Nissan opted to target the luxury-sport market with Skyline, while the platform mate, 350Z, rejuvenated the Z line of pure sports cars. The V35 Skyline became the first of its class that was exported to North America under Nissan’s luxury marque Infiniti G35. The V35/J50 is marketed in markets such as Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, and North America. It is marketed as Infiniti G37 in the Middle East.

The Nissan Skyline made a world record on April 11, 2010 being the biggest and most ever officially recognized vehicle on a track to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event held at Silverstone, United Kingdom at ISTS.

Skyline GT-R

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a sports car produced by Nissan Motors and based on the Skyline range. It was first introduced in 1969 and remained in production until 1977. The GT-R name was resurrected after sixteen years of break since the KPGC110 in 1972 with the R32. In July 1989, the car was mentioned as ‘Godzilla’ by the Australian motoring publications “Wheels”. Since then, the name has been attached to the vehicle up till this time. The R32 GT-R was a great success in motorsport Japan where it had won straight 29 victories. The GT-R continued to show its class by winning the JGTC Group A series championship consecutively for four years. It had also displayed some good results at the Australian Touring Car championship where it bagged victories from 1990 to 1992 before the revised regulations in 1993 forced the GT-R out. The Skyline GT-R (R33) was also first of its class that lapped the legendary Nürburgring in less than eight minutes.

With its advanced and more contemporary technologies, Nissan Skyline GT-R developed into the flagship of Nissan performance featuring the ATTESA-ETS 4WD system and the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering. Unlike its European rivals, the Skyline GT-R remained more economical with a price tag of ¥4,500,000 (US$31,000). Nowadays, the Skyline GT-R is known for Drag Racing, Circuit Track, Time Attack and events hosted by tuning magazines. In August 2002, Nissan decided to cease the production of the Skyline GT-R. It was replaced by an independent GT-R, while the Skyline tag was dropped from the name.

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