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R32 Nissan Skyline GTR

Ride & Handling

The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R was developed for racing, and it feels like that in every move. The RB26DETT is one of the finest engines ever to work in a road car and catapults the Skyline from standstill to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The steering is precise and offers good feel. Overall, the R32's responses feel quicker than on later models, which may partly be attributed to the fact that this car is at least 100 lbs. (50 kg) lighter than its successors. Quickness does not come easy, though.

The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a true driving machine and as such it responds best when driven aggressively. And that is when the Skyline really shines - this car lives for the twisty stuff. Thanks to the HICAS-improved steering and state-of-the-art suspension Godzilla has race-quick responses, and thanks to ATTESA also loads of grip.

But the R32 GT-R is not only an uncompromising driving-machine. It is also well usable as a daily commuter. The clutch may be a bit heavy for a road car, but that is the price you have to pay for driving one of the most potent street cars of its time. Apart from that, the car is quite comfortable, with bucket seats that not only hold the driver tight during fast-cornering, but also accommodate him quite nicely. Head-room and trunk-space are a bit limited, though.

But this is only of secondary importance when you really push the car hard. In those joyful moments you are most likely to be alone with Godzilla, anyway.

Verdict

Even today, some people still consider the R32 to be the purest Skyline GT-R ever.

The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R was certainly revolutional with all its technical features when it came out. But in contrast to some other cars, all its technology does not hamper the driving experience, but supports it. Today, the 16-inch tires don't seem that big any more, and the formerly huge brakes are, seen by current standards, also only average in size. But considering today's prices for this impressive car, it is a good deal indeed.

The R32 GT-R might not offer the latest safety features of newer cars, like airbags etc. (it has ABS), but your money buys you one of the most unique driving experiences ever in this world. After all, of the latest Skyline GT-R's this is the real legend - and you get the racing pedigree for free.

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