NEED TO KNOW: BUY­ING TIPS

Motor (Australia) - - PAST BLAST. NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R DYNASTY -

THE MOST COM­MON GT-R avail­able is the R32, with a to­tal of 43,934 pro­duced, fol­lowed by the R33 (16,250) and R34 (12,175). Buy­ing a ‘V-Spec’ model will give you a range of up­grades with­out the hefty premium as­so­ci­ated with su­per­rare lim­ited edi­tions. The R32 re­ceived Brembo brakes and BBS wheels; the R33 gained an ac­tive LSD and low­ered sus­pen­sion, while the R34 ben­e­fited from a car­bon bon­net, stiffer sus­pen­sion and larger brake ro­tors. Check the strut tops for rust. Wa­ter splash from the whee­larches gets in be­tween the two metal skins used on the strut tower, caus­ing rust over time due to poor sealant from the fac­tory (es­pe­cially com­mon on R33s). Ex­pect to change the en­gine oil ev­ery 5000-8000km us­ing a fully syn­thetic prod­uct. Find­ing a stock GT-R is dif­fi­cult, and you’ll cer­tainly pay top dol­lar for one that hasn’t been fet­tled. But don’t be put off by mod­i­fi­ca­tions pro­vided they’ve been car­ried out by a spe­cial­ist us­ing top-qual­ity parts – the RB26 mo­tor at a ‘Stage 1’ tune will pro­duce in ex­cess of 300kW with­out the need for an over­haul or cool­ing/ trans­mis­sion up­grades. A typ­i­cal en­gine re­fresh will set you back around $6000 while a gear­box re­build can be in ex­cess of $2000.

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