Unlike the 1980s and 1990s, Nissan isn’t currently so focused on creating outlandish, high-performance sports cars to rival all the big boys. They are more commonly known these days as an automaker that designs cars with family, comfort, and emissions in mind. It is important not to forget the crazy cars that Nissan created in those days, a company determined to dominate the world.
This is where cars like the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R come in, an ambitious and very impressive car poised for success. The Skyline and GT-R nameplates have an important role to play in making Nissan the revered name of JDM. But the R32 is more special. This is the car that gave the GT-R its iconic pet name: the Godzilla! This and all the other Skylines were part of a plan, “901 Movement” to be precise. This project was intended to set Nissan on the path to global succession while replacing Honda as the premium Japanese automaker. And boy, they got closer!
Take a look at the madness of the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R and indulge yourself in what makes this Godzilla so special.
The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was ahead of the competition
So, in the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is the well-known RB26DETT 2.6-liter DOHC inline-six twin-turbo engine. With the systems running in tow, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was able to produce 276 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, although these figures the Skyline R32 GT-R was able to reach speeds of 156 mph and achieve 0- 60 mph in 5.0 seconds.
With this huge powertrain, the Skyline R32 GT-R was able to easily elude competitors such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911. The engine was finished with an intercooler, belt-driven dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and, most importantly, a pair of ceramic Garrett turbochargers, to say this was a magnificent engine would be an understatement!
The spectacular engine worked with a 5-speed manual transmission to extract every ounce of power from the car. The four-wheel-drive system fitted to the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R helped its massive cross-country speed over multiple types of terrain. A multi-plate clutch and hydraulic unit were also used, sending power to the front or rear wheels extremely quickly depending on the situation.
Another innovation of the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was its rear-wheel steering, something not yet seen on many cars. Actively controlled high-capacity steering allowed the driver to turn the rear wheels in the same direction or in opposite directions to the front wheels, improving the performance of the car.
Outstanding Features of the Skyline R32 GTR
As always, we often forget how important a monstrous car’s braking capabilities are, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R didn’t let down in that department. The ventilated brake discs were squeezed by four- and two-piston calipers. The wheels in which these brakes were placed inside?
16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza Radials, beautiful and appreciable. The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was the second Nissan after the Nissan 300ZX to be supported by a multi-link suspension which incorporated diagonal upper control links, a rear strut and a side link.
It’s no surprise that the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was so successful, it was vigorous yet elegant with superb mechanical settings. Putting everything aside, the sound of the Skyline R32 GT-R is jaw-dropping and screams speed and power. However, what’s even more impressive is the Skyline R32 GT-R’s ability to deliver an exciting, thrilling ride and a relaxed, quiet ride at the same time.
One of the best features of the Skyline R32 GT-R is probably its precise handling and steering, where it is still very hard to find a car with such perfect handling as the truly amazing Skyline R32 GT-R. It glides through turns with agility and grip and tends to execute them brilliantly.
The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R has stood the test of time
Arguably, in the 1990s, there were two artists that stood out when it came to JDMs, and they were the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R and the Subaru Impreza. Now that you know how amazing the Skyline was, let’s look at the Subaru Impreza. Recall that the Subaru Impreza was released almost two years after the Skyline.
It housed a 1.8-liter engine paired with either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. The result? A daunting 110bhp and a top speed of 155mph, with a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. So, a slightly smaller engine than the Skyline R32 GT-R, 1 mph slower than the Skyline, and a ridiculously less powerful engine than the Skyline.
All of this, the Subaru Impreza had a 1 second advantage when it came to 0-60 mph time. Not really an advantage especially considering that the Subaru Impreza was two years younger! So the GT-R overcame the battle of time here.
So, is the R32 GT-R the best JDM ever?
Well, it’s safe to say that the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R was controversially the best JDM ever, miles above the rest, you might say. A crazy, thrilling and scary ride for anyone lucky enough to find themselves inside a Skyline R32 GT-R. For an immaculate 1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R you’ll be extremely lucky to spend less than $62,558, proving that this is one of the best JDMs to ever grace our roads, if not the best.