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See the timeline of the Skyline GT-R in pictures
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7 October 2009

Autocar has pitched the new GT-R against its ancestor, the R34 Skyline GT-R, and now we can bring you a hi-res gallery of the history of Nissan’s giant-killer.

The first Skyline arrived in the UK in 1997 but can trace its roots back to the first model in the fifties.

See hi-res picture gallery of the history of the Nissan GT-R

See the video of the latest GT-R versus the R34 Skyline GT-R

Skyline GT-Rs battled against Porsche 908s in 1964 but it was 1969 that the first GT-R, a four-door saloon, reached Japanese showrroms.

The most recent GT-R, the Spec V, was unveiled this year. Rivalling Porsche’s 911 Turbo, it has a 485bhp twin-turbo V6, with a boost control function, increasing the 434lb ft of torque by an extra 15lb ft at 3500-5000rpm.

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7 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The first Skyline arrived in the UK in 1997[/quote]

Get a grip. Autocar first tested a Skyline Coupe in the late 70's , and they tested it in the UK. The first official Skyline GTR imports may have started in '97 but the car was here long before that.

8 October 2009

There must be a new GT-R variant coming out very soon and Autocar is running this GT-R picture gallery in anticipation of it.

Autocar did the same thing just before the McLaren MP4-12C was unveiled.

8 October 2009

Where as in most cases the Japanese simply produced facsimiles of European models, Lexus being a good later example, the Nissan GTR was a good example of clean sheet design and original thinking. Along with the Honda NSX, the Nissan GTR is the archetypal Japanese performance car.

8 October 2009

Who said Nissan weren't cool?

9 October 2009

69 model is the most beautiful

10 October 2009

It's kinda fascinating seeing the model pics, there are so many Japanese models from the 60's and 70's ive just never seen, ok some of them are quirky to the point of being butt ugly, like the '69 model but kinda like the '77 model and the one after that has hints of an '80's maserati about it.

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