In the early 1990s, the Nissan Skyline GT-R sports car dominated the Australian Touring Car Championship. The R32 GT-R won the championship in 1991, driven by Jim Richards, and again in 1992, driven by Mark Skaife. The technology and performance of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R prompted the Australian motoring publication Wheels to nickname the GT-R "Godzilla".
The Nissan Skyline GT-R became the flagship of Nissan performance, showcasing many advanced technologies, including an all-wheel-drive system and four-wheel steering. The GT-R abbreviation stands for Gran Turismo Racing, with the Japanese manufacturer choosing to use Italian naming conventions when naming the car to enhance sales further.
Unfortunately, after thirty years on sale in Australia, the current model Nissan Skyline GT-R will no longer be available after it failed to comply with the new Australian side-impact regulations by the end of October 2021. However, it seems GT-R fans are keen to get behind the wheel sooner rather than later, with the majority of the final batch already accounted for.
Over its lifetime, Nissan has sold just shy of 1000 examples of the GT-R in Australia. The next generation may have a hybrid or electric powertrain but is some years away from being revealed globally or for Australia.