One of Nissan’s most recognizable vehicles (if not the most recognized) is the Skyline GT-R. Immortalized by movies and video games, the GT-R is cemented in our minds as one of the greatest cars ever made in Japan.
However, we are usually accustomed to seeing the GT-R as a two-door coupe, not such a sedan for sale in Japan.
At first glance, the car doesn’t look very special, and for the most part it just looks like a regular four-door sedan. However, take your time a little longer and you’ll find that it has a rear box flare that extends to the back door, a small spoiler in the front and that special little three-letter badge that makes all the difference: the GT-R.
The first Skyline GT-R was a four-door, not a two-door, and this R33 generation model is the first four-door to be named GT-R since the 1969 model.
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The car was built by Autech Japan Inc, which was part of Nissan’s tuning umbrella before merging with Nismo, and was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Nissan Skyline GT-R, 2000 GT-R PGC10. Nissan showcased the car at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show and released the production model in 1998.
Below the hood is Nissan’s prestigious turbocharged RB26 2.6-liter straight-six engine that produces 276 horsepower and 271lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted on four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, and being a JDM vehicle, you align those gears with your left hand instead of your right.
This example though is a little more special than a standard model. According to the Japanese vendor, the engine was completely overhauled last year and now it produces 493 hp, making this spoiler-less GT-RT a true slipper.
Eventually, it ended up in the same shade of silver as the original GT-R when it was released 40 years ago.
Skyline is listed on goo-net.com but has no price. Similar models for sale on the site are listed between ¥ 12,000,000 and ¥ 14,000,000, or at current exchange rates between $ 92,000 and $ 107,000. The car will be 25 years old in 2023 and is legal to import into the United States, which could make it more attractive to American buyers.