The bulky and broad bodykit, inspired by the Pennzoil GT500 racer, gives this Skyline GT-R all the presence it could ever hope for. Combine those striking looks with a tuned RB and a complex front wing that’s pure time attack, and there’s no shortage of theater with this crazy hillclimber.
Revving all the way to 9,000 rpm, a built RB sends a banshee shriek through the side exhaust, along with all the appropriate pops and whistles. In fact, one backfire nearly blows the flag out of the startled starter’s hands (1:25). Some 900 horsepower are driven through an OS Giken clutch onto an Albins sequential gearbox, then to the race-spec differentials. Thanks to the beefy drivetrain, the outrageous power output is put to the pavement without a hint of wheelspin, so the acceleration is violent. Slow corners or fast corners, the GT-R rockets out with an urgency something so large shouldn’t have.
Its traction is rivaled by its high-speed stability and obvious downforce from the flamboyant aero kit, which it loses part of (1:42) as it bounces over the pockmarked surface. With reassuring poise through the faster sections of the Simola Hillclimb, the GT-R yaws slightly into the faster corners before straightening under power, but looks so composed and confident throughout, it’s no wonder why the GT-R is the tuner’s ultimate fantasy sled. Simply put, there’s nothing dull about this computer-controlled, four-wheel drive super coupe.
Suddenly, I’ve been taken back to my high school days; fantasizing about rare Skylines and whiling the time away with another round of Gran Turismo.