1995 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec
Stock Number: 4369
While the R33 GTR isn't completely new to us here stateside, they've only just become legal to import based on the 25-year rule. Previously you had to jump through a ton of hoops and costly modifications that very few shops were authorized to perform. Finally, we can bring them over and enjoy them the way Nissan had originally intended. While this is the 3rd one we've had come through this month, we saved the best for last. This 1995 R33 is a nearly all stock V-Spec, however, the 35K miles are unverified. We know that the cluster was replaced, but do not know when that replacement happened. Finished in the classic Spark Silver Metallic (KL0) it makes for an iconic look. Overall the paint looks good, however, it does have some small blemishes throughout. As you can see in the photos the chin spoiler has some chips along the bottom as well as some clear coat fade along the side skirts. While relatively minor cosmetic issues, they can be hard to note in the photos but we wanted to make sure and disclose. Bodywise the car is in great shape with really only a few small door dings and a small ripple on the hood. The stock GTR wheels are absolutley fantastic and really look good on just about any car you can think of. What more fitting car to be sporting them though? A small spacer has the wheel gap flushed out a bit and while subtle, makes a big difference. A pricey set of Ohlins coilovers get the car dialed down a bit and really help to sort out the handling.
The interior has been kept all original (barring the head unit) and is the cleanest we've seen to date. The interior of the R33 is a serious step up over the outgoing R32s. For instance, the plastics used throughout the interior hold up much better, and thanks to the redesign get rid of the typical bubble that was so common with the R32s. The newer style 33 GTR seats are a great upgrade over the lesser models offering tremendous support while being comfortable enough for your road trip home. Both front seats are in great shape with no real bolster wear or stains that we commonly deal with on 25 year old cars. Per usual the back seats look hardly used as hardly anyone can comfortably fit back there. Unlike many roadgoing race cars, it does maintain all of the creature comforts for day to day life. Power windows, mirrors, door locks, automatic climate control all make for a more pleasant drive, even if it is just on the weekends to cars and coffee. The only thing to note, while it does have power-folding mirrors, the driver's side doesn't seem to want to cooperate. Positioned just above the climate control are the GTR's trademark set of gauges for torque vectoring, oil temp, and boost.
We all know what makes this car so special, and its underneath the sleek aluminum hood. Nissan's unparalleled RB26DETT has become a legend when it comes down to motors. In stock trim, these were seriously potent, and with a little bit of work they can be absolute monsters. These 2.6 liters make gobs of torque and pull like freight trains, and that’s just in stock trim. While fundamentally similar to the drivetrain used in the R32 it has undergone several upgrades from the factory. Since Nissan was part of the gentleman's horsepower agreement of the era the output "claims" to be the same as the 32. The turbo compressor and downpipe were revised, they switched over to a more efficient ball bearing turbo, larger intercooler to name a few. The ATTESA four wheel drive system and HICAS all wheel steering have been improved upon as well. The end result was a car 23 seconds faster around the Nürburgring than the outgoing R32, also making it the first stock production car to break into the 7 minute range. A number that is still impressive today when you look at the list of cars that are on it today, most of which are at least 15 years newer and have a sticker price that will make your eyes water. While the suspension on our V-Spec has been upgraded as noted earlier, it does have one change up in the exhaust department. A Fujitsubo high flow exhaust was fitted and frankly is necessary. In stock form the RB26 sounds anemic, so this at least gives it the tone that it needs. This one is overall great for the purist looking for a stock model car that could ultimately be converted back to completely OEM if you really wanted to. The way it sits though makes it the perfect weekend driver's car. To make sure you can cruise it back home without any concerns we have put on a new set of tires, and done a routine oil change. When you get down to it this really is a pinnacle car. Timeless good looks, incredible power, yet refined enough to actually enjoy; the R33 V-Spec really is the complete package.
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