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After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. The GT-R Challenge and Drag Battle, held in Australia, draw the highest horsepower, street registered cars together to compete in a shootout-style elimination event. A jarring supercar quality that's been ironed out of so many modern high-performance cars.

The R32 was so ahead of its time that improving it was going to be a difficult task, although Nissan ensured that the succeeding R33 was as stellar a job. The 2nd generation BNR32 was the first car in 16 years to bear the GT-R name and had debuted in May of the previous year.

The original third-gen GT-R, the R32, (1989-1994) was initially intended to have a 2350cc engine capacity to compete in under 4000cc racing class, as under the era's FIA Group A touring car rules, turbo cars had their capacity multiplied by 1.7 for classification.

When developing the R34, Nissan's engineers took on board criticisms that the interior was a little undramatic for a car costing over £50,000 and fitted one of the most diverting features ever to grace a car's dashboard. Owner Vinny has fitted the 17-inch BBS wheels from a Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec model to this particular car, and a recent glass-out respray means that the silver bodywork is absolutely perfect.

Yes, Nissan has added to the GT-R over the years, upping the power and features and interior quality and price tag to match , but at the end of the day it's amazing that this more-than-decade-old machine is still as good as it is. Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50's engine draws on on Nissan's GT3 racing experience , featuring a Nismo-enhanced 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT which produce an estimated 530kW of power and 780 Nm of torque.

Round the back, the four taillights look deeply cool when viewed at night, and the Skyline motif carved into the upper part of the rear bumper is very retro-futuristic. The new hybrid system could add a significant chunk to the asking price, however, potentially pushing entry-level cars close to the £100,000 mark.

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car, but the interior and exterior looks were created by Nissan's design teams in Europe and America. The GT-R has also retained its Skyline predecessor's nickname, Godzilla , 9 given to it by the Australian motoring publication Wheels in its July 1989 edition.

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