R31 GTS-R

NZ Performance Car - - Power Plant -

When Group A rules changed in 1987, it ren­dered the year’s Sky­lines non-com­pli­ant. How­ever, to cor­rect that, Nis­san was al­lowed to pro­duce a min­i­mum of 500 ‘evo­lu­tion’ mod­els re­flect­ing the new rules. That’s how the GTS-R (R31) was born, kick­ing off the rein­tro­duc­tion of the GT-R name­plate in the fol­low­ing model (R32). The owner of this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple, Shan­non Thick­penny, is some­thing of an older Nis­san and Dat­sun con­nois­seur, and now owns num­ber 643 of a to­tal 823 cars pro­duced. It fea­tures the cov­eted RB20DET-R, which dif­fered from the stan­dard model by way of a unique J-pipe in­take, and made use of a Gar­rett T04E and larger throt­tle body. Most unique to the GTS-R was the front-mounted in­ter­cooler lo­cated un­der the ra­di­a­tor sup­port panel.

Sam Khamis stepped up to the plate this drag sea­son af­ter im­port­ing the seven-sec­ond ZoomMagazine RX-3, and has al­ready man­aged to crack an 8.96 at 235kph in test­ing

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