Vehicles of various models have always been popular in movies. The 2018 Nissan GT-R performance coupe adds a new, lower-priced Pure model to the lineup. Perhaps the daddy of all Skyline-era GT-R special editions was this, the phenomenal Nismo Z-Tune. In January, 1999, the fifth generation of the Nissan Skyline GT-R was released.
As Nissan began to tap that desirability, special editions began to emerge, and these are some of the most special Japanese-made cars in history. A common modification is to install the two scoops in the front bumper from the Nismo model and to remove the screen from in front of the intercooler, as a feature of the Nismo cars, as is a small front spoiler on the leading edge of the hood.
Nissan challenged convention at every point of the Nissan GT-R's development. Brembo brakes and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, while the V-Spec added improvements such as lower and stiffer suspension, and the ATTESSA-ETS Pro all-paw system (with individual rear-wheel torque control).
The GT-R was designed to crush the opposition in the most ruthless way imaginable, and the racing cars were fearsome, flame-spitting, howling beasts that chewed up and spat out the erstwhile Sierra Cosworths and M3s like a monster regurgitating the skeletons of its victims.
Tuners also seized on the GT-R's capabilities, and engines wound up to over 1,200hp propelled cars down drag strips at Nissan Skyline GT-R hitherto unseen rates. The GT-R is an absolutely ferocious car and one that's capable of putting supercars with much more exotic badges on their bonnets to shame.
To the average enthusiast, however, it might simply look like a modified Nissan GT-R with an aftermarket rear spoiler and a new set of wheels. What's more, the GT-R's paddle shift controls now sit on the steering wheel, where they're easier to reach. The dual-clutch transmission has shed its driveline clatter, shift feel and timing is better, and the GT-R's steering has lightened up at low speeds, and lost the twitch it used to have on center.
Nissan too has a product and a very special one at that, the Godzilla of cars, the GT-R. Whereas here in Oz, we see the R33 GT-R's as the R32's fatter and less successful sibling, around the world, it's the R33 that's usually perceived as the hero car. Toward the end of my time with this Japanese monster in robot clothing, I get a text from my brother asking if he could go for a spin in the GT-R.