1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR V-Spec Coupe
|Engine||2.5 litre six-cylinder turbo|
One of the few truly great Japanese cars, the Skyline nameplate was first introduced by manufacturer Prince in 1957 and was then absorbed into the Nissan range when the latter took over Prince 10 years later. Available as a sedan, a coupe and even a wagon, the Skyline is best remembered in Australia as a technological Tour de Force conceived with one goal in mind - to dominate the Group A racing category. Nissan's engineers set about building the most sophisticated car ever made in Japan, in the R32 model combining all-wheel drive, a DOHC 2.6-litre in-line six with four valves per cylinder and twin turbos and Super HICAS all-wheel steering system. The R33 GT-R launched in January 1995 with the base model GT-R and the V-Spec model. The V-Spec model weighed in 10 kg heavier, and had sportier suspension resulting in a lower ground clearance. The V-Spec also featured the newer ATTESA E-TS Pro all-wheel drive system, which included an Active Limited Slip differential, and a four-wheel independent channel anti-lock braking system. Its RB26 engine was carried over from the previous R32 model, with the turbocharged straight six developing 206 kW of power and 361 Nm of torque. Nissan Skyline R33 production ended in November 1998.