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Nissan Skyline GTR (R35) : Godzilla Lands

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Nissan Skyline GTR (R35): Godzilla LandsThe Nissan Skyline GTR (R35)  has a reputation in the U.S. that has reached epic proportions. It has acquired the nickname "Godzilla" and is thought of as a mythological beast possessing supernatural powers in the car world. Now that "Godzilla" has reached our shores, THMotorsports takes a look at the "beast" and it's coming.


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Nissan has always had a reputation as a car maker that had their finger on the pulse of the sport car segment. They've created such

2009-2010  Nissan GT-R (Skyline) Specifications
Transmission 6 Speed DSG Manual
Layout Front Engine, AWD
Final Drive Ratio 3.70:1
Differential 1.5 Way Mechanical Limited Slip
Brakes Brembo 4 Wheel Disc - 15 in. Front and Rear
Horsepower 480 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 430 ft-lbs. @ 3200 rpm
Displacement 3.8 liters
Engine Type Twin Turbo 24V V6
Length 183.3 in
Width 74.6 in
Height 54 in
Wheelbase 109.5 in
Acceleration 0-60 mph s 3.3 sec
Drag Coefficient 0.27
Base Price: 2009 Nissan Skyline GT-R - $69,850

legendary cars as the 240Z, 300Z, 240 SX, 350Z, 280ZX, but Nissan has somehow managed to skirt the begging calls, for perhaps their best production car ever, to send the Skyline GTR to the United States. Well, the begging has now stopped and the purchasing has commenced.

Nissan quickly filled 2,200 pre-orders for the car, many going to big name import performance behemoths, however we've still managed to see them in the dealerships, but not for long. 

Brief History
The Skyline name originated from Prince automobile company, which developed and sold the Skyline line of sedans before merging with Nissan-Datsun. The GT-R abbreviation stands for Gran Turismo Racer while the GT-B stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta. The Japanese chose to use English when naming the car — as most cars made in Japan at that time used American abbreviation — to further enhance sales. The earliest predecessor of the GT-R, the S54 2000 GT-B, came second in its first race in 1964 to the purpose-built Porsche 904 GTS.

The next development of the GT-R, the four-door PGC10 2000 GT-R, scored 33 victories in the one and a half years it raced, and by the time it attempted its 50th consecutive win, its run was ended by a Mazda Savanna RX-3. The car took 1000 victories by the time it was discontinued in 1972. The last of the original GT-Rs, the KPGC110 2000GT-R, used an unchanged S20 160 hp (120 kW) inline-6 engine from the earlier 2000 GT-R and only sold 197 units due to the worldwide energy crisis. This model was the only GT-R to never participate in a major race despite the sole purpose-built racecar which now resides in Nissan's storage unit for historical cars in Zama.  

The 1st - 6th Generations of the famed Nissan Skyline
The Nissan Skyline is now on it's 6th generation and more ferocious than ever.

The Skyline continued into the 1990s when it became popular largely because it remained rear wheel drive, while most other manufacturers were focusing on front wheel drive cars.

The GT-R's history of racetrack dominance began with its 50 victories scored from 1968-1972. The Skyline GT-R soon earned the name Godzilla, for its track performance. The R32 GT-R dominated JTCC, winning all 29 races it entered in the series, as well as taking the series title every year from 1989-1993. It took 50 races from 50 starts from 1991-1997 (latterly R33) in the N1 Super Taikyu.

In 1998 I purchased a Nissan 240SX and soon immersed myself in the import performance world after a friend introduced me to performance parts for his Chevy Cavalier.  I soon started searching for 204SX parts online, which at the time there were almost none.  I quickly learned of the 240SX's "bigger cousin", the Nissan Skyline.  I could only drool at the pictures because that's the only place Skylines resided in the U.S.

The Nissan Skyline's legendary status was escalated by Hollywood after the movie "The Fast and The Furious", which showcased the import performance car scene.  The movie included the Nissan Skyline and the 240SX.  Unfortunately the movie also escalated my moving violation situations as the police soon took aim at the culture.

With the Nissan Skyline GTR now firmly planted on U.S. soils, enthusiasts now have what they've been waiting for.  Godzilla.  So, now when you look up and see that GTR logo in front of you at the red light, consider yourself warned.
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