For years, those of us in the automotive enthusiast community who enjoy torturing ourselves with fantasies about cars the rest of the world gets but we can’t have lusted after the forerunner to the Nissan GT-R—Nissan’s Skyline GT-R. Tales of the car’s capabilities were legend. Otherworldly acceleration, awe-inspiring braking, freakishly resolute cornering, and a price tag more in line with cars not even half as potent.
The Skyline GT-R was the very definition of unobtanium.
And we wanted it—badly.
Then, in 2009, we saw our wildest dreams come true. Nissan brought the GT-R to the United States with 473 horsepower and 434 ft-lbs of torque from a twin-turbocharged version of what many people who know these things considered to be the best V6 engine in the world. And yes, it was everything we’d dreamed it would be—and more.