This "New Classic" is a little different than some of the others that we have blogged about recently. This one doesn't represent the return of a classic that had gone away... This one is a car that was recently introduced to the U.S. that has long been a classic in Japan, only under a slightly different name. While the name "Skyline" was first used back in 1957, it has transformed over the years. The U.S. version of this classic is now simply called the "Nissan GT-R."
The Skyline name was first attached to a car back in 1957. Evolving as many cars do, the Skyline got a big brother in 1969, called the GT-R. In 1981, Nissan upped the ante by adding turbo power into its new R30 Skyline. In 1989, they pushed the envelope further by adding all-wheel-drive and steering as the GT-R sported a twin-turbo inline-six cylinder engine. Even more features were added as the Nissan Skyline GT-R evolved to the R33 and then R34 versions, bringing us to more recent years where the U.S. finally got a taste. The "Skyline" of Japan can be bought here as an Infiniti G35 or G37, and the Nissan GT-R is the current turbo-charged version of this historical line. Just imagine Dr. Frankenstein taking the brain of Sheldon Cooper and dropping it into the body of Lebron James... you would then have the equivalent of the Nissan GT-R.
Boasting 485-hp, a twin-turbo-charged V-6, all-wheel-drive, and a slew of other features, this car will tear up any track you put in on. It definitely costs more than many of the cars that most manufacturers are introducing right now. BUT, considering that there are many sedans and even SUVs in this price range, many consider the Nissan GT-R to be a bargain in the world of supercars.