So many legends are known about the Nissan Skyline like no other car model. Already since the late 1950s, the Skyline was manufactured; back then still a model of the Japanese Car manufacturer Prince that was taken over from Nissan in 1966.
And even in Germany, the Japanese car manufacturer offered the Skyline from 1973 to 1981 (1973 – 1975 as Datsun 240K-GT and until 1981 as Datsun Skyline). After that it was quiet around the Skyline in Europe for a long time. Just after the beginning of the new millennium, with the success of the “The Fast and The Furious” movie series, more and more JDM tuning fans had the Nissan Skyline on their screen.
At the SEMA Show 2016 we discovered this four-door Nissan Skyline (R32) GTS-25 sedan at the booth of GReddy. Also in America, the R32 was never officially offered and had to be imported into the USA.
No problem for GReddy, as the company has Japanese roots and has been active there for almost 40 years. The great thing about the R32 is the fact that in times of the “Bolt-on-Bodykit-madness”, our friends of GReddy Racing presented a real clean car although GReddy also distributes the Pandem TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny kits in the USA.
There is “only” a Nismo GT-R front bumper, GT-R grill, carbon fiber polish lip, side skirts, roof edge spoiler and a rear apron. Not even an oversized tail wing touts for attention at this Skyline painted in plain white. The courage for understatement is simply the best way to attract attention at the SEMA.
By the way, there is a reason for the KW sticker on the R32 Skyline. The Nissan is equipped with a KW Clubsport 2-way coilover kit with adjustable top mounts on the front axle and in addition our hydraulic lift system (KW HLS) is installed. Since the R32 is a gray import, unfortunately we have no KW Clubsport coilover kit with part certificate for this car here in Germany, neither for the R32, R33 nor the R34.
The cockpit, dipped into diffuse purple by the show spot lights, is actually black and fairly close to the series. There is a grip Sparco sports steering wheel, Sparco bucket seats and Sparco four-point belts. In addition, a digital Racepack IQ3 multifunctional display, the HLS button and the control for the boost controller got into the dash board.
The 180 series hp of the RB25DE straight six-cylinder in the GTS-25 have long been history, as an RB26DETT was retrofitted and the 2.6-liter BiTurbo straight six cylinder was converted to a “Single-Turbo”.
As a turbo, GReddy relied on a Garrett GTX3582R, made use of the GRiddy stock and installed a Type 29 F-Spec charge air cooler, Airinx Intake and at the exhaust manifold, an SPL Supreme SP exhaust system winds along the underbody. GReddy did not want to tell us how much power the engine now mobilizes. In any case, the R32 remained a pure rear-wheel drive and the series switch box was expanded with an OS Giken clutch.
The one-piece alloy wheels are Advan Racing Design “RGD2 Wheels F” in 9,5 x 18 inch ET35 or 10 x 18 inch ET35, with Advan Neova AD08 tires. A Gran Turismo Brembo six-piston system is installed as brake system.
Also in Germany a R32 takes shape. As you surely have heard, Sidney Hoffmann and his crew are currently working on a Skyline R32 GT-R V-SPEC – more about this soon on our KW blog …