NEED TO KNOW: BUYING TIPS
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.