The Nissan GT-R has been around a while now – and we’re not just talking about the current R35 generation. Its family tree traces its
Nissan Skyline GT-R - C10
The first Skyline to bear the famous badge, but in its own way, just as brutal-looking. You get the feeling this 2.0-litre, 160bhp old-timer is rather proud of how the family has grown up…
Nissan Skyline GT-R - C110
Real unicorn, this. Thanks to the 1973 oil crisis, just 197 examples of the second-gen Skyline GT-R were sold, all in Japan.
Nissan Skyline GT-R - R32
Here’s the car that set the template for the modern GT-R. Variable all-wheel drive, 310bhp once the factory’s 276bhp limiter was junked, and many, many gauges. A grey box that’d terrify a Ferrari, in the late Eighties.
Nissan Skyline GT-R - R33
You can see the familiar GT-R cues starting to really bed in now. The legendary RB26 engine is present with its nod-nod-wink-wink 276bhp, and back in the day, that proved enough to see this model of GT-R become the first production car to lap the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes.
Nissan Skyline GT-R M Spec - R34
A bona-fide Gran Turismo hero. Well, possibly not this one, because it’s a more comfort-orientated M-Spec car featuring more compliant suspension and heated seats. Not ideal for a time attack on Trial Mountain.
Nissan GT-R - R35
The current car, which has been around for years and must, therefore, surely be nearing the end of its life. Still tremendous, though. More than a match for today’s crop of sports cars thanks to all the outrageous tech on-board.