1993 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS Type-S
Stock Number: 4983
The R33 is a fabled iteration of the Nissan Skyline. Its updated chassis, improved interior ergonomics, and hefty displacement bump allowed this generation to redefine the brand. While some have shunned it as the boat of the Skyline family, it comes in at less than a 250lbs difference. Combine all that with the more powerful RB25 and it actually becomes one of the best driving skylines of the bunch. The slightly longer/wider stance gives it superior handling and ride comfort. Our late-model '93 takes the reliability of the RB25 and adds quite a few goodies off the GTR to give it a more aggressive look. Right out of the gate you can't help but notice the more aggressive GTR front end, side skirts, rear spats, and that trademark rear wing outback. Being aftermarket FRP the fitment is good but never quite as nice as factory pieces are. Overall though the GTR aero really does nail the looks for the 33 which we all here have quite a soft spot for. Super Black (KH3) is always a killer color choice for these as it makes those iconic tail lights really pop. The paint is in fair shape for being a driver's car, but not what you'd call show quality. There is etching to the clear on the hood and roof, along with a slight bit on the trunk. From a few feet away you wouldn't notice but when you get up on it you can tell. A good paint correct could help minimize it, but on the bright side these cars are meant to be driven, and when you've got show quality paint you wind up being too scared to leave it parked anywhere without you standing 3 feet away from it the entire time. The body is in good shape for being 28 years old. There's always going to be a few little door dings and stone chips but nothing out of the ordinary.
The more robust platform of the R33 increased chassis stiffness makes the interior a bit higher quality than the R32 that it replaces. For instance, the dash has a new design that doesn't create that ever-present dash bubble that plagues all the R32. It also tends to reduce the number of squeaks and rattles that you get overtime. In general, the interior has been kept largely stock but there are a few small changes. The most noticeable is the Bride Brix adjustable racing seat. It gives you all the bolstering and support of a bucket but with the ability to actually have a comfortable driving position. Like most seats with aggressive bolstering, it does have some wear on the edge from climbing in and out over the years, though the bride patch does help to clean it up a bit and hopefully reduce further wear. The stock passenger and rear seats are in great shape though which is generally to be expected when you're talking about a 59K verified mile car. The wood grain wheel is slightly smaller than the stock one which is nice for creating a little extra legroom and adds an extra pop of color. The same can be said about the shift knob which plays nicely off the carbon fiber wrapped trim pieces. A newer Carrozzeria radio was added as well, and it does work, though you'll likely still want to switch it out for something more US-friendly down the line. Like the R32 before it, you still get all the basic power accessories like power-folding mirrors, locks, and your one-touch driver's window. Plus having the factory rain guards adds a nice little touch so you can get some fresh air even when those April showers pop up. Automatic climate control takes over for those times when the weather just doesn't want to cooperate. The A/C and heat are nice, but chances are you're going to have the windows down listening to the RB every chance you get.
Under the long nose is Nissan's tried and true RB25DE. While it doesn't put out quite the same power as the turbo cars, what you reduce in power you gain in reliability. Without the added heat of the turbo and additional lines, these have proven to be one seriously robust motor. Make no bones about it, the Type-S is no slouch. It still puts out around 200hp and 180tq from the factory which is plenty to get you up to highway speeds without thinking twice. It does have an A'PEXi open filter intake to give you a bit more tone under load. While the exhaust is still stock it sure does sound hearty. Luckily since the Skyline, in general, is such a popular platform there is no shortage of parts out there if you want to start building on it down the road. Like any proper sports car, the power is sent out back through a good 'ol fashion 5 speed. Shifts smooth as they should be and there isn't a hitch or grind to be mentioned. The suspension has been revised as well thanks to a set of adjustable coilovers. They get the car dialed down a bit on the 16" Rays Volk Racing CV-Pros wrapped in fresh rubber. Naturally, the coilovers do ride a bit stiffer than the factory setup but it pays dividends when the road gets twisty. The brakes have plenty of stopping power on tap. The steering is weighted properly as it should be in any sports coupe. We also went ahead and replaced the left front inner tie rod, and left rear HICAS arm and performed an alignment as well. The previous owner even replaced the timing belt just 16K miles ago. A fresh 12V battery lets the RB fire right up and thanks to the fact it's a straight 6 it's nearly vibration-free. People tend to sleep on naturally aspirated cars but they wind up being the best bang for the buck. The Skyline is one of the best cars to come out of Japan and this car is a great example as to why. It's efficient and comfortable enough to daily drive yet still turn heads at every stoplight. But with looks like this can you blame them?
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