1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GTR V-Spec Coupe
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. In May 1998, the new HR34 model was introduced and featured new body styling and interiors, and the introduction of the RB25DET NEO engine. The 4-speed automatic transmission available on some models was retained and was upgraded with paddle-style manual controls. Nissan introduced two new models for the base vehicle, the 25GT-X and the 25GT-V. The 25GT-X was only available as a sedan and had optional extras over the 25GT and 25GT-T, such as tinted rear windows and pop-up LCD display that replaced the triple gauge cluster on the turbo models. The 25GT-V was a naturally-aspirated variation that came standard with the upgraded 4-piston front and 2-piston rear Sumitomo calipers and 17" wheels only found on the turbo models. Today the GT-R badge continues to be iconic and is worn by succeeding generations of Nissan's high performance coupes.