R32 GTR Nissan Skyline (1989-1993)

The R32 Nissan Skyline GTR was initially put into production on May 22, 1989 to meet the required 5000 cars to allow for racing homologation. But with critical acclaim by the motoring press and with heavy demand by the public for the car, Nissan decided to allow an unlimited production run which went on sale in August 1989. With a new 2.6 Liter twin-turbo all wheel drive system designed by Nismo, it was put into production as the R32 Nissan Skyline GTR. The total production run was 43,394 units. White is the national racing color of Japan in international motor-sport, which explains the above average number of white GTR's.

The list of accomplishments it has achieved race track is quite impressive. It includes five consecutive championship wins in the all Japanese Touring Car Championships and over 200 race wins, plus the unofficial lap record for a production car at the world-famous Nürburgring. Just about every part of the R32 has been developed and refined on the race track.

It is basically a racing car for the road and is not quite as idiot-proof as the newer model's which is both good and bad. In the right hands the R32 is extremely fast, but requires a lot more skill than the aim and fire R34 and R35. It's not quite as forgiving, but much more rewarding and potentially a lot faster.

As a road car reached new heights of sophistication. With such developments as Multi-link suspension both front and rear, it also had an electronically controlled intelligent four-wheel drive and "Hicas" four-wheel steering. A 2.6-liter 24-valve straight-six engine boosted to 280PS by a pair of ceramic turbochargers. this car truly moved the bar higher in the Japanese performance car market.


R32 GTR Specifications

price$45,000 USD
engineWaterCooled RB26DETT Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbo
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement2568 cc / 156.7 cu in
bore86 mm / 3.39 in
stroke73.7 mm / 2.9 in
power208.8 kw/280.0 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output109.03 bhp per litre
torque353 nm / 260.4 ft lbs
driven wheelsFull Time 4WD
front tires225 / 50R16 92V
rear tires225 / 50R16 92V
front brakesVented Discs
rear brakesVented Discs
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMulti Link
r suspensionMulti Link
weight1430 kg / 3153 lbs
wheelbase2615 mm / 103.0 in
front track1480 mm / 58.3 in
rear track1480 mm / 58.3 in
length4545 mm / 178.9 in
width1755 mm / 69.1 in
height1340 mm / 52.8 in
transmission5-Speed Manual w Overdrive
180 kph / 111.8 mph
0 - 60 mph5.6 seconds
0 - 1/4 mile13.9 seconds