Prince Motor Company originally built the Skyline GT-R in 1957 and in 1967, Prince Motors and Nissan Motors merged. As a result, the Skyline changed its name to Nissan Skyline GT-R in 1969. The Skyline was available as a five-door station wagon or a four-door sedan and featured an inline 1.5-liter GA-30 gasoline engine. In 1969, the first performance-bred Nissan Skyline was officially released with an inline six-cylinder engine that produced 119 kW (160 hp) and this power was transferred to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.
The first-generation Skyline was produced between 1969 and 1972. In 1973, the second generation Skyline was released but that release was so brief and from there production halted.
After a 16 year hiatus, Nissan released a new Nissan Skyline GT-R in 1989 and this will live to be the precursor of the GT-R to follow. This model was known as the R32 (BNR32) GT-R, it featured some new technologies such as the ATTESA (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain) all-wheel-drive system and Super-HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering) four-wheel steering. The R32 was fitted with Nissan’s famed inline six-cylinder RB26DETT 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged engine that produced 209 kW (280 hp) and attained 0 – 100 kph (0 – 60 mph) in 5.6 seconds.
1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R 2.64WD
In 1995, the fourth-generation Skyline R33 was released. Not much changed compared to the R32, the engine remained the same but its torque increased and attained a new record on the 0 – 100 kph (0 – 60 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The R33’s major milestone was achieving 7:59 lap of the Nürburgring.
1996 Nissan Skyline GT-R
A new fifth-generation Skyline was released in January 1999. It was known as the R34 (GT-BNR34) GTR, this was a shorter car compared to the previous models. Some of its features were a 5.8” LCD multifunction screen on the center console that offered seven different real-time readings of the car insights such as oil and water temperature, turbocharger support weight, among others.
The R34 came fitted with the inline 6-cylinder RB26DETT twin-turbo engine that produced impressive horsepower thanks to its streamlined body and a shorter wheelbase that helped the R34 achieve higher performances than the previous models.
The final production model of the R34 was launched in February 2002 and was named Skyline GT-R V Spec II Nür and Skyline GT-R M spec Nür. The Nür came from the famous German Nürburgring racetrack where the Skyline was developed. The Nür model came with an improved RB26DETT twin-turbo based on the N1 racing engine that produced 246 kW (330 hp) but due to the Japanese industry customs, it was advertised as producing 206 kW (276 hp). The standard turbochargers were upgraded as well to larger versions that are more durable and can withstand a bigger boost increase. Apart from the engine, the Nür model had different interior trim and the speedometer reading was 300 kph (186 mph).
2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R 2.6 Vspec2 Nür 4WD
After finalizing the R34 production in 2002, Nissan decided to separate the GT-R model from the Skyline name.