#TBT | Crash course on the Nissan Skyline and GT-R lineage

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Dec 14, 2023 | Nissan, Nissan Skyline, Nissan GT-R | Posted in Features | From the Nov. 2011 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Courtesy Nissan

Story by Scott R. Lear and David S. Wallens

Although it didn't hit our shores until recently, Nissan's Skyline boasts a long history of innovation and performance.

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captdownshift GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/27/15 3:49 p.m.

and videogame fanboi'ism

I love Pulsar and Suny GTi-Rs, 510s, and B13 SE-Rs, but loathe post R33 generation skylines. I'm not sure what that says about me.

Nick (Not-Stig) Comstock
Nick (Not-Stig) Comstock PowerDork
8/27/15 5:26 p.m.

In reply to captdownshift:

It says you have class and taste.

jsquared Reader
8/27/15 6:36 p.m.

So you loathe the R34 and later?

captdownshift GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/27/15 6:48 p.m.

In reply to jsquared:

That would be the case.

turtl631 Reader
8/27/15 7:25 p.m.

What's wrong with the R34? R35 is an entirely different beast admittedly. Ain't nothing wrong with a GTR.

jsquared Reader
8/27/15 9:57 p.m.

That's an unusual cutoff. The R33 tends to be the redheaded stepchild of the turbo AWD era, with fanboys aplenty for the R32 and R34.

Appleseed MegaDork
8/27/15 10:16 p.m.

Which I find weird. The R32-33-34 are more similar than different.

jsquared Reader
8/27/15 10:41 p.m.

R33 and R34 are closer to each other than the R32... R32 is a limp noodle chassis-structure-wise compared to the R33, R34 is only marginally stiffer than the R33. R33/34 also have a normal upper control arm in the front, R32 has the goofy loner arm like a Z32. R32 HICAS is all hydraulic 4WS, R33/34 are electronic, etc. I've grown to like the R33 a lot more after digging into the chassis differences a bit.

I think the R34 has all the hype because of the video games and the emergence of the internet in the late 90s, and the R32 has the classic looks and the "Godzilla" mythology from dominating Japan's Touring Car series, plus being the "comeback" of the GT-R trim level. Most forget that the R33 was the one that broke the 8-minute barrier at the Nurburgring.

Patientzero Dork
12/14/23 1:08 p.m.

I made it less than a week in Japan before buying my first Skyline.   Skyline's are Japan's version of a Mustang.

dannyp84 HalfDork
12/14/23 2:04 p.m.

I went for a ride once in an R32 GTS-T, which is the rwd turbo car. I remember thinking that it felt a bit like a heavier turbo S13 with a slightly nicer interior. Has anyone on GRm owned an R35? As much as I prefer 3 pedals, I think that generation would be the most fun in day to day use..

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