A Quick History Of The Nissan GT-R

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The Nissan GT-R is an anchor of modern car culture due to its engineering excellence and rare JDM origins. Its advanced technology, like the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system and RB26DETT engine, set new performance standards and influenced the future of sports cars. The GT-R's motorsports pedigree, underground street credibility, and iconic impact on tuning communities make it a significant player in automotive history.

Enthusiasts often refer to the GT-R by the different chassis codes given to each model. Here's a quick guide to what makes each version of the GT-R unique.

Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10 and KPGC110)

The original GT-R was the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10) which debuted in 1969. Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-six engine, it produced 160 horsepower, impressive for its time. The KPGC10's lightweight construction and rear-wheel-drive setup provided exceptional handling and agility. It dominated Japanese touring car racing, securing numerous victories and establishing the GT-R's performance pedigree. Known as the "Hakosuka" (a combination of "box" and "Skyline" in Japanese), the first Skyline GT-R remains a cherished classic, symbolizing the birth of an iconic automotive dynasty.

The second-generation GT-R, the Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC110), debuted in 1973 and continued the legacy of its predecessor. Powered by the same 2.0-liter DOHC inline-six engine, it produced 160 horsepower. Known as the "Kenmeri" GT-R, a nickname derived from its advertising campaign featuring a couple named Ken and Mary, it showcased a more refined design and improved aerodynamics.

Unfortunately, the KPGC110 GT-R saw limited production due to the oil crisis and changing emissions regulations. Only 197 units were ever made, Despite its short run, the second-generation GT-R remains a rare and revered model among enthusiasts.

R32 GT-R

The GT-R name returned in 1989

This was the start of the legendary "Godzilla" Japanese sports car. in 1989 the R32 GT-R brought an advanced all-wheel-drive system and RB26DETT twin-turbocharged engine, delivering exceptional performance and handling. It dominated motorsports, particularly in Group A racing, earning a cult following among car enthusiasts. Its sleek design, technological innovations, and impressive power make the Nissan R32 GT-R a timeless JDM icon.

R33 GT-R

The R32 brought refinements to an already excellent package

Introduced in 1995, the R33 GT-R continued the legacy of its predecessor with refined performance and advanced technology. Powered by the RB26DETT twin-turbo engine, it delivered the speed and precision handling the GT-R had become known for. The R33 featured improved aerodynamics, a more rigid chassis, and an enhanced all-wheel-drive system. Known for its reliability and robust build among its contemporary GT rivals, the R33 GT-R balanced performance with everyday drivability. The R33 has never found as much love as the earlier R32 and later R34 GT-R.

R34 GT-R

The 1999 Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R V-Spec

Everyone's favorite GT-R was launched in 1999. Still powered by the legendary RB26DETT twin-turbocharged engine and paired with the ATESSA E-TS Pro AWD system, the R34 GT-R offered remarkable power and agility. The R34's aggressive styling combined with its impressive track record in motorsports and touge racing lore, has cemented its place in automotive history. Celebrated and lusted after by enthusiasts and collectors alike, the R34 GT-R remains a symbol of Nissan's engineering excellence and performance heritage.

R35 GT-R

The R35 GT-R is still a formidable sports car

The first GT-R available in the United States was first introduced in 2007. It redefined the supercar landscape with its blend of advanced technology and raw power. Equipped with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the R35 GT-R delivers astonishing acceleration and top speeds. Its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and cutting-edge electronics ensure superior handling and control. The R35 saw the return of the "Godzilla" nickname thanks to its track prowess and everyday drivability. Despite its age now, the R35 GT-R still earns a reputation as one of the most versatile and formidable sports cars on the market.

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