The 1993 Skyline GT-R signaled the return of the “GT-R” badge after more than a decade. While high-performance Skylines had existed in the interim, the introduction of a host of new go-fast goodies allowed Nissan to resurrect the more extreme badge for use on the new car. The big story was all-wheel drive, known to Nissan as ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain with Electronic Torque Split). As the system’s lengthy name suggest, it is a complex and competent system that provides tons of grip. That’s good, because the Skyline has a lot of motor that needs to be translated into forward momentum, and all-wheel drive is a great way to do that. That motor is the famous RB26DETT, introduced in this generation Skyline in 1989, and packing a four-valve head and parallel twin-turbochargers to produce well over the advertised 276 horsepower (to comply with the famous Gentleman’s Agreement limiting horsepower between Japanese manufacturers). The V-Spec (for “victory”) package includes lightened components and larger brakes, among other improvements.
The E-BNR32 (abbreviated as R32) generation marked the return of the GT-R nameplate which was previously used by the 1973 2000GT-R 16 years ago. The R32 was designed to compete within the Group A motorsport class but also took inspiration from the Porsche 959, as evident by a twin turbo engine and an all-wheel drive system.
In 1993, a special V-Spec (Victory Specification) named model was introduced to celebrate the R32's racing success. The R32 was replaced in 1995 by the R33.
The R32 is fitted with multilink suspension and ventilated disc brakes on all corners. With a weight of 3307 lb (1500 kg) it is the lightest of all 1990s era Skyline GT-R models, although it also is relatively nose-heavy due to a front weight distribution of 58%. Power is transmitted to a five-speed manual gearbox and then sent to all wheels through an electronically controlled AWD system that splits its torque output through an electro-hydraulic clutch.
The R32 is powered by a 2.6 litre RB26DETT codenamed inline-six engine with two ceramic turbochargers working in a parallel twin turbo configuration to offer optimal power unfolding. The R32 reintroduces a 24 valve DOHC design now put inside an aluminum cylinder head and uses individual throttle bodies to improve engine response. Due to a gentlemen's agreement by Japanese carmakers in 1989, the R32 has a downrated stock power rating of 276 hp (206 kW) and produces 261 ft·lb (354 N·m) of torque.
The R32 GT-R is still up to par with modern sports cars as it can go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.3 seconds and 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 12.9 seconds. Its all-wheel drive system provides plenty of grip for taking off quickly and handling corners, which is enhanced by the R32's light steering. However, as the car is somewhat nose-heavy, it also has a high tendency of understeer on high speeds corners.
The R32 and all subsequent model generations are commonly referred to as 'Godzilla', a term that was made famous by the Australian press as a response to its strong success in Group A racing.
In Forza Horizon 3, the R32 has the Gibson Racing livery rather than a manufacturer color when found as a Barn Find.
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