After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. Any bad preconceptions I may have harboured against the GT-R before (it's not a drivers' car, yadda yadda…) are beaten off with a turbocharged kick in the guts by the 2017 car. What we can say is, despite its supercar performance, the GT-R can be one of the safer vehicles of its kind.
Inside, you get leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation and enhancement, USB connectivity, and satellite and HD radio.
Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system not only helps you maintain your steered path, in R-Mode, it actually sends more power to the appropriate wheels when it senses oversteer or understeer, helping you drive with superior power and control. Gone, though (at least for the moment) is the uptuned NISMO version of the car, which produces 600 horsepower for a Nissan Skyline GT-R few dollars shy of $150,000 in 2016 trim.
You'll need to have deep pockets too - Glass's see R34s making anything from £40,000 to over £100,000 today, but if you can afford it the R34 is the most desirable GT-R to buy: "The ultimate in RB26DETT engine technology, electronic controls and 10 years of refining all went into this model," Dave Warrener emphasizes.
Made from 1989 to 1994, nearly 44,000 R32 GT-Rs were sold, some 15 percent of all Skyline production. That's why when it was time to choose a car to write about for our love-themed 150th issue, I picked the one I had yet to drive on public roads. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and Autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2018 Nissan GT-R.
You do not have any recently viewed cars at this time. It's still a GT-R underneath, with no changes to the engine or drivetrain, but if having the iconic GT-R badge wasn't enough, the new car comes with unique features for a price increase of $11,700. Power goes to all four wheels via an intelligent all-wheel drive system called ATTESA E-TS, the only gearbox option is a six-speed (yes, six gears, it's old!) dual-clutch unit.
Humble origins are almost the norm in case of sports cars and the car which first wore the ‘GT-R' badge was no different. I've been fortunate enough to drive some great cars in great locations and I've never experienced such universally positive reactions as greeted the R34 when we turned up in Margate.