2019 Nissan GT

Nissan's most powerful car the Skyline GT-R. The 370Z improves on this recipe for success by being smaller, lighter, wider, and more powerful than the 350Z that came before, incorporating new, lightweight aluminum body panels and a larger 3.7-liter V6. It also is the first car in the world to debut a nifty piece of new technology—SynchroRev Match, which automatically blips the throttle on downshifts for perfect rev-matching every time.

But in among all the Sunnys, Sentras, Maximas and Patrols, there were gems, I mean million-dirham cars, just boxed in there, in among all the four-wheeled riffraff, amazing little pieces of Japanese automotive history that even noted Datsun collectors like US comedian and racer Adam Carolla can't lay claim to. What intrigued me most though was a tip about an original GT-R, which would make Freek the owner of one of just a few hundred coveted first-generation cars ever made and likely the only one on the African continent.

The RB26 2.6-liter straight-six is a very strong engine, capable of holding 5-600 hp, and the five-speed transmission can similarly hold big power from a modified car. For 2017, Nissan upgraded the GT-R interior with lovely nappa leather on the instrument panel, and installed a new touchscreen interface that helped it reduce the button count on the dash from 27 to 11.

A softer, leather trimmed M-Spec variant is offered alongside the popular V-Spec I and II models, which are equipped with front and (carbonfibre) rear diffusers, an adjustable rear wing, and enhanced functionality for the dash-mounted display. Between 1969 and 1974, and again between 1989 and 2002, Nissan produced a high performance version of its Skyline coupe called the Nissan Skyline GT-R.

Tuners also seized on the GT-R's capabilities, and engines wound up to over 1,200hp propelled cars down drag strips at hitherto unseen rates. The GT-R is an absolutely ferocious car and one that's capable of putting supercars with Nissan Skyline GT-R much more exotic badges on their bonnets to shame.

Instead of a large, heavy engine thirsty for fuel, the Nissan GT-R® is powered by an ideally sized, twin-turbocharged 3.8-L V6 that produces a prodigious 565 hp and equally immense 467 lb.-ft of torque. In total, Nissan sold 43,934 R32 GT-Rs between 1989 and December '94, all in Japan bar one batch of 100 officially sent to Australia in 1991.

Humble origins are almost the norm in case of sports cars and the car which first wore the ‘GT-R' badge was no different. I've been fortunate enough to drive some great cars in great locations and I've never experienced such universally positive reactions as greeted the R34 when we turned up in Margate.

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