After many years on the forbidden fruit list, the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R is fair game in America. Lamphear's car came to the U.S. through a private broker, and it's pretty stunning, a high-mileage chassis with an upgraded interior and track-ready chassis tuning, plus a low-mileage, tricked-up engine. This was the car that shifted her focus, leading to the purchase of her first R32 GT-R and a new passion for all-wheel-drive, inline-six drivelines.

Though it's still recognisably a GT-R, every feature has been exaggerated to create a machine with true supercar presence. A Japanese-market performance ECU swap will be a pain if you want to run your GT-R on pump gas (Japanese fuel has a higher octane rating), but a known-brand of aftermarket intake and exhaust won't likely cause you any problems.

The mad, cartoonish silhouette racers of the early part of the following decade were confined to their homeland, and anyone who's driven a virtual Group 5 Tomica Skyline on Gran Turismo will attest to the ‘interesting' handling of that particular car.

Weight went up 100kg, the drag coefficient came down from 0.40 to 0.35 Cd and the V Spec model, like we have here, was fitted with the fiendishly clever ATTESA E-TS PRO system, which integrates control of the driving and braking forces on all four wheels independently.

When you sit behind the wheel of a stock GT-R R32, the austere interior doesn't deliver many clues about this car's racing heritage. While a Ferrari, Lamborghini and other exotic super cars survive our draconian speed limits and anti-car culture thanks to their looks, prestige and performance, the GT-R, arguably, only has the performance angle to go for.

You do not have any recently viewed cars at this time. It's still a GT-R underneath, with no changes to the engine or drivetrain, but if having the iconic GT-R badge wasn't enough, the new car comes with unique features for a price increase of $11,700. Power goes to all four wheels via an intelligent all-wheel drive system called ATTESA E-TS, the only gearbox option is a six-speed (yes, six gears, it's old!) dual-clutch unit.

The R32's five-speed manual is basically the same unit used in the 300ZX Turbo, but the Skyline's all-wheel drive beats on them and a broken third gear is common. There's an Autobahn expert, a Marketability” expert who tests Nissan GT-R®'s real-world poise over bumps, potholes and the like, and the Ringmeisters” who put the supercar through its paces on the Nissan Skyline GT-R unforgiving Nürburgring.

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