GEARHEADS and Car Buffs... Nissan Skyline Questions?

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  1. Gregg Shiu

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    Ok, I don't consider myself so much of a car buff as I do a fanatic/enthusiast. Skylines are just so insanely rare in the states, it's hard to come across people who know much about them. I know I can't possibly be the only one who thinks that they are such awesome cars!!! I know that you can import them through MotoRex, but how much would they cost? Do they have to convert them for the driving wheel at all? Also, does anyone have a general idea of specs for it? I am after all thinking of getting one... after I... rob a bank... or something, I dunno? [​IMG] Heh-heh...
     
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    I dunno, but here is one of their prices on a USED Skyline

    1992 R32 GT-R Black 38,000 miles $36800.00

    That's a little steep for a 9 year old 'sports' car. You can get a 1 year old off-lease Corvette for that much, or less. I'm sure you can find a nice Supra Turbo for much less if you want a more 'high-tech' Japanese car.

    Or maybe a nice 3000GT? That Spyder version was awesome.
     
  3. Dave Smith

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    A friend of mine was looking into getting an R34 last year.

    They wanted (deep breath) $90k for a new one. They don't convert it to right-hand drive, but there are some emissions-type things they do, and no doubt some other stuff.

    $90k is heading for Porsche Turbo territory. IMHO it's nuts to pay that for a $40k (if that) Japanese car. They are pretty rare though...
     
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    I think I'd take a new NSX for the same price. Or, perhaps a Lingenfelter-modified Z06 Corvette, and keep the remaining $30K. HELLO!

    Todd
     
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    Yes, 80-90K is right for an R34 (the latest and greatest) from MotoRex. They ARE right hand drive, and MotoRex does NOT convert them to LHD.

    They are rated at 276 HP stock, but that means almost nothing. In Japan, there is an un-written rule that nobody will manufacture a car with more than 280 HP. So, most performance cars are said to have 276, when they really have more. The Subaru WRX STi and Mitsu Lancer Evo VII are examples which are closer to 300-315 HP.

    The reason Skylines are so hot, more so than any Supra, 3000GT, or Vette is because of their all-wheel drive system and hop-up ability. The twin-turbo straight six is known for being bullet proof in high horsepower applications. Very easy to mod. The AWD system is very advanced, making traction not a concern.

    Jared
     
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    I forgot to mention:

    Nissan is planning to bring the Skyline to the US in a year or two (2004 model?). Might be under the Infifnity badge. The R35? next gen Skyline is also in the works. I've seen the concept car, and it looks good. Might be powered by the same twin-turbo six, or a V8.

    Jared
     
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    Yea, Nissan is planning on bringing the Skyline to the US. it will first be shelled as an Infinity G35, with Nissan putting out actual Skyline models later.
    Here is a quote I got from Autonews.com about Mitsubishi releasing the Lancer Evo in the US next year. But they deleted the article and replaced it with something else. [​IMG] Good thing I copied this part down:
     
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    i read in a sport compact car mag like last year, they had a really suped up skyline in it with like 1100 bhp!!!!!! i used to see them all the time when i lived in japan

    btw the highway over there drives nissan z's
     
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    I know this is a Skyline thread but, damn ain't she purdy?!
    [​IMG]
     
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    I don't think anyone ever accused the Evo VII of being "pretty" [​IMG]
     
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    Eh, it's a cool car, but to import one...well, there's a lot better choices around.
    Want to impress the chicks? $90k will buy you a number of different Ferrari's, a few Lamborghini's, just about any Mercedes, etc.
    Want to tear it up in the 1/4 mile? $90k...well, that's laughable, give me $9k and I'll show you tail-lights every single time...and I'll spend the other $81k on expensive audiophile speaker cables [​IMG]
    Want to rip around a race track? Viper! Sorry to say that the Skyline would get torn apart on a race track by a lot of different cars. Even a 2001 Z06 Vette would kill it around a track.
    Now if they could bring me a new Skyline and price it like a BMW M3, things would be a little different...but at $90k...not worth it.
    Andrew
     
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    the skyline will rape an nsx in no time [​IMG]
    you can get an older R32 pretty cheap (under 40k) and the R32 is the lightest, fastest, and considered to be the best handling skyline (I can give you the email of a guy on the east coast that has one if you're seriously interested.. he can tell you all about it)
    the only place to buy one that I know of is motorex
    people don't/can't convert them to left hand drive because of hte engine configuration, I believe the turbos get in the way of the steering shaft or something, not to mention you'd need a custom dash made, a mirror of the original.. unless a 240sx dash could be made to fit, there's a guy someone claiming he did a LHD conversion but no one believes he's for real.
    the "skyline" they're bringing to the us is sketchy, I've seen pix and it's the sedan, and not the GTR, but I've also seen pix of the new design and it's pretty similar to the new Z, I dunno if we'll get either, both or neither.
    comparing a lancer EVO to a skyline is like a civic SI to a toyota supra.. no comparison [​IMG]
    also the details on the USM lancer are sketchy too.. it won't have the power of the JDM car I'm sure.. maybe 20hp less.
     
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    Yes, MotoRex is the only US importer of Skylines. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but few if any cars can match a Skyline's performance with a few modest upgrades (read $10,000.00 additional for turbo upgrades and suspension parts) and you can have a race prepped car with over 600 hp that will smoke just about anything out there.
    The latest issue of Road & Track has pics and some info of the R35 GTR concept car. It will not carry the Skyline name because it will not be based on the Skyline platform at all. It will most likely be sold in the US as an Infinity G35. Odds are it will most likely use a V8 instead of the TT inline 6. But, based on the pictures of the concept car, it will be absolutely UGLY. They are killing the image of Nissan's premier automible with the new design. Ugh....makes me sick to see it.
    About a year ago, Import Tuner did a rolling dyno of a stock R33. It put out 343 horsepower to the wheels. Figure with a 4wd system and a 20% powertrain and drive train loss, and you are looking at nearly 400 horsepower at the crank. And considering the wonderfully advanced ATESSA 4WD system (it even lets the driver set how much power goes to the front and rear via the onboard computer, from up to 80% front/20% rear, to 20% front/80% rear or anywhere inbetween), I would pick this car over many other cars.
    Of course, one of my goals in life is to own an R34 GTR V-Spec II, so I'm a little biased. But I know I won't buy another car until I can afford one, so I'll be stuck with my current car for a while. [​IMG]
     
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