#startupmonday: Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R (Godzilla)

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Here we are, at the final week and final #startupmonday of 2018. To wrap the year up, we decided to let our readers choose how they wanted to end their year, so we pitched two evergreen motoring legends in a Facebook poll: Toyota Supra A80 versus Nissan Skyline GT-R R32.

Thank you all for pitching your votes in, it was a thumping victory for Godzilla who managed to garner a majority of just over 60% from total votes. For the fans of the Supra, fret not — we’ll drop the video just before the A90 Supra gets revealed at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show.

What can we say about the Skyline that most of you don’t already know? Nissan first produced the Skyline GT-R between 1969 and 1973, with the model enjoying success in local Japanese touring car races. Then there was a 16 year hiatus before the GT-R was revived in the form of the R32 model. True to its predecessors, the R32 GT-R dominated the Japanese JTCC Group A Series and also saw success in the Australian Touring Car Championship, and earning the “Godzilla” moniker by Australian motoring publication, Wheels in July 1989.

The E-BNR32 was Nissan’s third-generation Skyline GT-R, produced between 1989 to 1994. Powered by a 2.6-litre RB26DETT twin-turbo engine, the R32 developed 280 PS and 353 Nm and was mated to a five-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system. 

Over the course of its production cycle, almost 44,000 R32 GT-R were manufactured. The Skyline GT-R was never manufactured outside of Japan, with the sole export markets being Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, and United Kingdom. Clearly, some have also made residency here in Malaysia and across other parts of the world. 

Replacing the R32 was the fourth generation R33 (1995 to 1998), fifth generation R34 (1999 to 2002). The latest and current generation was simply named the Nissan GT-R (dropping the Skyline moniker). It made its debut back in December 2007 and is the longest production GT-R ever built, seeing multiple revisions across its lifespan. 

Welp, enough with the banter and we’ll leave you with our last #startupmonday entry for 2018. See you next year. 

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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