R Road Trip



Vehicles of various models have always been popular in movies. I spoke to The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah about the relatively stock 1990 GT-R he purchased recently, and he said he had success at Fontana Nissan in Eastern Los Angeles, who has two Skyline-specialist techs on staff and the ability to perform standard repair and maintenance.

But the four-wheel-steering HICAS system has been removed and the former straight-6 RB26DETT engine has been replaced with a new V6 VR38DETT 7 Because of the GT-R's heritage, the chassis code for the all-new version has been called CBA-R35, 8 or 'R35' for short (where CBA is the prefix for emission standard), carrying on the naming trend from previous Skyline GT-R generations.

It also added acoustic trim and glass and active noise cancellation, which damp the GT-R's august amounts of drivetrain noise by about 10 decibels. The rear of the car keeps the GT-R's familiar Nissan Skyline GT-R circular tail lamps, but carves out the volume around them - giving a floating look.

Early cars are slightly lighter thanks to the addition of crash protection bars in the later models, and GT-R otaku will be able to spot generational changes by differences in the projector headlights, but the lion's share of R32s are roughly physically the same.

The R35 is designed from the ground up as a stand-alone model (it's no longer part of the Skyline family) and does not look like anything Nissan has ever made. With its 6-cylinder in-line DOHC 24-valve S20, this Nissan GT-R was the first domestic car to have disc brakes front and rear.

And the GT-Rs, Freek has that covered — right up against a corner boxed in by a bunch of other cars sits a row of Skylines. Along with a more common v'spec 2 to drive on the street and then just a r34 skyline to modify and ofcourse an r34 nismo fir collection and r35 to mod.

GT-R's advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system not only helps you maintain your steered path, in R-Mode, it actually sends more power to the appropriate wheels when it senses oversteer or understeer, helping you drive with superior power and control.

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