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Covering Sports cars & Supercars

The Design of Speed

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R

📸: Photo by New Car and Used Car Review We've come to the end of our review of the most desirable cars released at the very end of the 20th century, and it is somewhat befitting that we end with a car we overlooked, a car that has commonly been neglected by myopic American sports car buffs who tend to ignore vehicles not readily available in the US. Nissan's mighty Skyline GT-R is probably the best example of an extremely capable sports car largely unknown by casual American car fans. Certainly the huge popularity of the import movement in the States brought more awareness of the hot rods only available in the Japanese domestic market; we hope more people learn the history of these great vehicles.

📸: Photo by Sicnag, courtesy of Wikimedia By 1999, Nissan was on its 5th generation of the hugely successful Skyline GT-R, a car that had earned the nickname "Godzilla" for the way it destroyed its competition in the Australian Touring Car championship series. The 1999 (R34) car was designed by Kozo Watanabe, who also designed the previous iteration, the 4th generation R33 model. Powered by a 2.6 liter twin-turbo inline 6 making 276 horsepower, transferred to the road via electronically controlled all wheel drive. The Skyline also featured Nissan's Super HICAS 4-wheel steering system.

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