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Nissan Skyline GT-R (1989 - 1994)

Last updated 11 May 2013


Buying Guide


  • Phenomenal four-wheel-drive junior supercar that looks like a tricked-up coupe.
  • Astonishing performance and handling.
  • Three different generations of GT-R among unofficial imports: R32 (1989-1994); R33 (1995-1998); and R34 (1999 on).
  • Also V-Spec models. Have been chipped in Japan to more than 1,000 bhp, but standard conservatively estimated 280 bhp (more like a true 320 bhp) is plenty.
  • Nissans generally had slightly below average warranty repair costs in 2003 Warranty Direct Reliability index (index 94.77 v/s lowest 31.93). Link:


  • Very limited official UK imports
  • Performance limited to get through SVA.


  • Lots of grey imports about dating back to the early 1990s, so make sure you know what you're getting.
  • Check for uneven tyre wear and for pulling to either side on a flat road.
  • Extremely complex suspension and drivetrain difficult to get parts for, to repair and to set up.
  • Make sure the car is a genuine GT-R and not a GTS-4, a rear-drive-only GT-S or, worse still, an ordinary Skyline.
  • GTS-4 configuration breaks down into:
  • R32 model (upto 1994/5): 4WD 2 litre turbo
  • R33 model (1994/5 to 1998): 4WD 2.5L litre non turbo
  • R33 GTS4 not turbo. But these are sometimes passed off as GTRs.
  • Easiest way to tell is that all GTRs (whether R32, R33 or R34) have 2.6 litre twin turbos, whilst non GTRs could be:
  • R32: either a 2 litre non turbo, 2 litre turbo or 2.5 litre non turbo


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