The Nissan Skyline GTR. Spoken about in hallowed tones, it is a deity of the cult Japanese performance landscape and in all its forms defines this manga-playstation genre of car.
The original Skyline debuted in 1969 and enjoyed great success in the local Touring car series. After a redevelopment in 1973 it disappeared for some 16 years. But in 1989 it returned with vengeance, bristling with ever more ridiculous technological advancements with each and every generation. Touring cars with wild power, dramatic warpaint and nicknames such as ‘Godzilla’ created a worldwide following even though the Skyline was not readily available on the worldwide market.
The sixth Generation Skyline was introduced to the UK market in 2007, dropping the Skyline moniker and simply renamed the GTR. It was an instant success across the press with monster performance that belittled super cars of the time. It was quite a difficult car to pigeon hole, a big GT car in size, yet with sensational grip and handling, plus a very stiff ride and massive performance. As the car grew into its model cycle, the group tests became wilder and wilder – the GTR facing off to sports cars like the Porsche 911 and BMW M3, big super saloons such as the M5 and supercars such as the 911 Turbo. Even the Bugatti Veyron hyper car was twin tested against it.
The 2016 model iteration bought in a raft of changes to make the GTR a more agreeable car to drive long distances in. Various detail engineering changes gave the engine a wider spread of torque, giving greater access to the scary motive force on offer, plus a higher grade interior and more up to date infotainment. The ride also improved as well – but be in no doubt that this is still an absolute mighty grade weapon to destroy road or track.
RHD, Storm White Paint, ATTESA ET-S Four-Wheel Drive, Titanium exhaust with open valve system, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Start Assist, Recaro Electric and Heated Front Seats, Dual Individual Rear Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Handbrake and Gear Knob, Carbon Fibre Trim, Satellite Navigation with touch screen, Multi Function metre which displays vehicle settings, vehicle information and performance telemetry, Bose Sound System, Automatic air conditioning with dual zone climate control, Electric front windows, Rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, 12V power sockets x2, Front centre console with armrest, storage and dual cupholders, Rear cupholder, Map reading lamps, Front & rear parking sensors, Nissan Intelligent Key with start push button, Cruise control and speed limiter, Rain-sensing windscreen wiper.
The brutal and opaque styling of the R35 GTR looks fabulous in Storm White, the traditional racing colour of Japan. The large grill provides a suitably aggressive snout providing a sharp contrast to the white paint. The car presents very well with no chips or marks on the large expanses of metalwork.
This example has benefited from a black wrap on the roof, rear spoiler and other detail areas, akin to to the Skyline GTR racecars that terrorise the worlds race circuits.
The 2016 model has an upgraded interior from its predecessors and the high grade leather quality is obvious to see. The two tone Recaro seats are finished in black and red leather with contrast white stitching. They offer absolute support and rock solid location at speed. The interior is in excellent condition with immaculate leather. The individual rear seats are also incredibly clean and show little use.
The infotainment screen offers great functionality, including a very cool Motorsport telemetry function that monitors important vitals and performance statistics such has operating temperatures and lateral loading – all-important for those forays onto track.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Serious power and torque coupled with improved flexibility are the hallmarks of the 2016 GTR. The 3.8 twin turbo V6 pushes out a 563bhp at 6800rpm, and a mighty 470 lb ft between 3300-5800rpm. Rumours are abound that these were conservative numbers and on test drive the car feels hugely rapid and at least good enough for every last horse. The engine also presents beautifully, a testament to the low mileage of this example.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Fitted with a set of RAYS forged 20 inch alloys, the GTR-R looks the part and the alloys present immaculately with no chips or scratches. The mighty Dunlop SP Sport Max GT600 is the tyre of choice that converts the huge power into traction and grip. The fronts are shod in 255/40/20 and the rears 285/35/20, all showing good tread.
Registered from new on the 31/03/2016 this GTR has only had two former owners from new.
Sandcliffe Nissan looked after the first service at 1437 miles, with Lookers Leeds servicing the car at 5607 miles. The next service is not required for almost another year. At under three years old, the car does not require its first MOT until March 2019 and stands with the remainder of its 3 year manufactures warranty.
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