Nissan Skyline GT-R: Through the ages

In its modern form, the Nissan Skyline GT-R is known as the ‘Godzilla’ of the Japanese car market. It looks aggressive, the engines produce amazing power and it handles like a monster.

This is a car that has been evolving since 1969, when the first model, the C10, was released. Since then, six models in total have made it to market, and the latest is one of the most advanced pieces of automotive engineering ever.

Take a look at the evolution of this modern classic, and you might be inspired to get into one with a novated lease.

From not-so humble beginnings

Even back in 1969, the GT-R had traces of a beast in its design. If you unleashed the block, you would be able to feel all of the 186 kilowatts in the engine – the astounding result of quality engineering.

Now, the C10 is very rare, with only a handful or two left around the world, but they’re prized for good reason.

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The 1972 C110 was next, and only 197 street versions were released. This is the rarest of the GT-R family, and the first that made the Skyline a household name in Japan. It featured the same straight-six engine as the C10, but had slightly upgraded styling and was initially released on gold wheels.

Progressing with style

The R32 from 1989 is one of the most recognisable 80s cars ever. It was long and sleek while having a very angry front end.

A twin-turbo V6 lay under the hood, and 230 kilowatts of power were available when you put your foot down. These cars are still around today, although a completely original model would be hard to get your hands on.

Next off the blocks, the R33 came out in 1995 and was the first ever production car to break the eight-minute barrier at the famed Nurburgring circuit. It was larger than previous models and a lot heavier, but still the fastest, and one that the current GT-R draws design inspiration from.

The R34 from 1999 is the most aggressive car on the timeline by far, and also one of the fastest. It had over 250 kilowatts of power and really threw drivers into the backs of their seats. It was an exhilarating ride.

The latest iteration of the GT-R was released in 2007 and is nicknamed Godzilla for good reason. It produces almost 360 kilowatts of power and a tuned one went around the Nurburgring in 2014 in just over seven minutes.

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The Nissan Skyline GT-R has a storied history. Get in touch with Alliance Leasing to get behind the wheel of one yourself.