1993 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS25-t Sedan
Stock Number: 4546
The R32 Skyline gets all the hype, but plenty of enthusiasts believe the R33 is the better car. Fitted with a larger displacement turbo motor, increased chassis rigidity, and a more premium interior, its hard for us to disagree. While we all love sports cars, for most of us they're simply not all that conducive for day to day life, especially those of us with families. The GTS25-t is the perfect middle ground, especially once its had some aftermarket bits to spice things up. In stock form, they can be a little bland, but once you fit full aero, wheels, and some bolt-ons the four-door takes on an entirely new light. Our Cloud White (QM1) is outfitted with full one-off aero which gives it a particularly unique look. Paired up with the vented hood really amps up that this isn't your typical family sedan. Overall the FRP aero all lines up rather well which is typically an issue with aftermarket panels. It feels safe to say that the car was resprayed since so many pieces were replaced and the color match is pretty spot on. The paint shows particularly well without any real blemishes to note. The body is in the same shape barring a typical door ding or two. While everyone has their own taste in wheels the split 3 spoke 18" Super Advan's are a classic that looks good on just about everything.
The interior is leaps and bounds better than the sedan this model replaced. The quality of the materials received a noticeable boost, and because of this, you needn't deal with the distorted dash or seat wear issues associated with the earlier examples. As noted, the headliner, dash, and door cards have all held up well over the years. Most everything has been kept stock aside from the deep dish Alcantara steering wheel which is a very nice upgrade. One side effect of the aftermarket wheel is that it will cause the HICAS light to come on due to the clock spring. It's not detrimental by any means, but we wanted to make note of it. The shift knob was also upgraded over the clunky stock one and makes rowing through the gears a blast. The front seats look great, while the rears look hardly used. The typical bolster wear has been kept to a minimum and all four have been spared from any concerning stains. Whether it's having a few buddies ride along or simply making it easier to load up after a trip to the grocery store, having those rear doors makes life much easier. These came with all of the basic amenities of the era like automatic climate control with cold A/C, power windows, power mirrors, and locks. After all, this is a sport daily driver, not a track car, so why give up everything that makes your morning commute pleasant. Currently, the tach is inoperable, but we are taking a look into it to try and get it functional again.
Under the hood is what separates this from the pack. Unlike your dad's Chevy Lumina back in the day, this one has a raucous 2.5L turbocharged inline-six, sending its power to the right wheels through a proper 3 pedal setup. This RB25 has also seen a few performance goodies to back up the looks. A Greddy Airinx intake lets the turbo breathe a bit easier and makes all the right noises when you get on it. A Full turbo back Kakimoto exhaust gives the RB its signature tone since the stock exhaust doesn't do it any favors. The exhaust is loud enough to know you mean business without driving you crazy on the highway. The suspension has also seen an overhaul including adjustable coilovers on all four corners and a Cusco strut tower brace up top. The coilovers not only get the ride height down to a more acceptable level but also cuts out on any body roll when you put it into a corner. The diff has also been upgraded to a mechanical LSD which is a bit more noticeable at low speeds. With right at 105K verified miles the RB is only just getting warmed up. While back in the shop our techs have gone ahead and taken care of all the basic maintenance you'll need for the foreseeable future. A new battery and air filter, fresh rubber on all four corners, the LR HICAS ball joint, and of course a routine oil change. After an alignment to get it all dialed in you've got a real driver on your hands. The 2.5L fires right up and sings through the 5 speeds without any hiccups. The clutch is surprisingly light so it'll only take a minute to acclimate to shifting with your left hand. The pads have been upgraded as well compliments of Project Mu and bring the sedan down from speed in a hurry. While the R32 and R34 get all the love, the R33 sedan is a hidden gem. It makes great power, seats five, and is simple to wrench on making it a true Japanese Classic.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.