What makes a modern supercar? Taking a quick poll around the office, the same requirements are repeated. It needs twin-turbos, a dual-clutch transmission, and all wheel drive. It seems like everyone from Audi to Zagato has used these ingredients to build a world-class machine, but who perfected the recipe? In 1988, Nissan unveiled the R32 series Skyline GT-R. We never got them in the US because of safety laws and also because Nissan management didn’t want to compete in price with their newly formed Infiniti luxury division. The Skyline has been in production in some form since 1957. It was the flagship of Nissan’s predecessor, the Prince Motor Company.
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It has been a showcase of Japanese luxury and innovation since the beginning, and Nissan has used it to shock the world by building a supercar at an unbeatable price. Such is the case with the R35 series GT-R which is celebrating a decade of dominance. Because video games were another Japanese innovation, the GT-R has been burned into the minds of a generation of enthusiasts. When it arrived in 2007, it caused a sensation. No expense was spared in terms of engineering. The VR series V6 is a racing version of the VQ that has powered almost every Nissan of the past 20 years. It is based on a V8 design that was intended for Japan’s Super GT series. McLaren bought the rights and it has powered every car from the 12C to the 657LT.
It arrived with 478 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. For 2017, the Nismo Edition GT-R offers 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque. Pricing for the introduction 2008 model year started at $69,850, and for 2017 the base model is just under $110,000. If that is just above your price range, allow us to show you how the used Nissan GTR market is ripe for the picking.
2009 Nissan GT-R
This premium edition with titanium paint is one of only 250 in that color for 2009. The owner installed over $20,000 in upgrades Full Stage II build along with bronze powder coated Volk wheels. Interior has a roll cage with fire system, and the suspension consists of KW coil-overs. It would cost you well over $100,000 to copy this build, but it can be yours for $67,977
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2009 Nissan GT-R
Another 2009 example, this Godzilla Premium Edition is gloss black and covered in a lime green vinyl wrap. It has Cobb Tuning’s Access Port and big brake package. New exhaust from downpipes to tips and larger intakes work along with 1000cc injectors and E85 to make over 600 horsepower. It can be yours for $67,977
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2009 Nissan GT-R
Another build by Cobb Tuning, this car has all new exhaust, intake and a custom tune for 1000cc injectors. Easily over 600 horsepower, it will walk almost anything on the street reliably, and without breaking the bank. It can be yours for only $68,977
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2010 Nissan GT-R
Exhaust seems to be the best way to make power in these cars, so this one has Greddy downpipes and HKS midpipes. The Jotech Stage II package makes 740 horsepower on an E85 tune. It is priced to move at only $65,888
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Even the 2008 models can make 600 horsepower with a weekend’s worth of work. A decade of innovation proves the design and its hardware are built to last. Tell us which car you would choose and stay with us for the coolest cars in the world.
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