Nissan Skyline GT-R Autech Version – Silver – (KSR18041S):
The first cars named Skyline GT-R were manufactured between 1969 and 1972, under the model code KPGC10. They were extremely dominant in Japanese touring car races.
No more Skyline GT-Rs were produced for sixteen years, but in 1989, the name and its accompanying legacy were resurrected. It was revived as the BNR32, more commonly referred to as the R32. It celebrated immense success on multiple racing stages, and it was so powerful in the Australian Touring Car Championship, that people actually dubbed the GT-R ‘Godzilla.’ An Australian-based motoring magazine dubbed the Skyline GT-R as being ‘the best handling car we have ever driven.’ In their tests, they covered 400 metres in 12.2 seconds from a standing start time, and managed to reach 0-100 kilometres in just 4.0 seconds. At the time, the GT-R was unrivalled in terms of speed and sheer, frightening force.
In the years that followed, it became the poster boy of Nissan performance. It showcased lots of advanced new technology incorporated by Nissan, such as the ATTESA E-TS four-wheel drive system, and the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering, allowing for far greater manoeuvrability. To this day, the Skyline GT-R remains hugely popular in the world of car-modding and drag racing. It’s also competed in circuit tracks, time attacks, and special events hosted by various tuning magazines. The Skyline’s revolutionary RB26DETT engine was capable of producing 276 horsepower at 6,800 rpm.
The car was never actually manufactured outside of Japan; however, it still became a massive icon in the motoring industry across the entire globe, mostly the Western World. It has become synonymous with movie franchises such as Fast and Furious; that ludicrous, impossible, gravity-defying speed and insanity. It has been hailed as ‘the only true Japanese supercar,’ and Jeremy Clarkson of the BBC (at the time) even lauded the Skyline GT-R as one of the best cars in the world.
The Autech model was released by Autech Japan Incorporated, in celebration of Skyline’s 40th anniversary. It was shown off at the 32nd Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, with the concept brand of being a ‘sports sedan of the highest performance for grown-ups.’ This silly, outlandish marketing scheme catered for the sense of adventure one seeks when driving a Skyline GT-R. It was released in 1998, and shared the body of the four-door R33. However, the rear doors and rear fender were totally redesigned, specifically for this Autech model, to replicate the blister fender of the two-door GT-R. The Autech model also had no rear spoiler and a much smaller front splitter, giving the car a somewhat placid feel in comparison to other Skylines. It was the first four-door Skyline GT-R released since the 2000 GT-R in 1969, and it got exceptional reviews.
This gun-metal-grey model expertly captures the subtle speed of the GT-R, the sleek and stylish bodywork with the monstrous performance underneath.