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Lot Shots Find of the Week: 2015 Nissan GTR



To Japanese car nuts, the letters GTR carry the same gravity as, say, the letters “COPO” or “CJ” or “SRT”  do to domestic gearheads.

Nissan first applied the famous GT-R badge back in 1969, to denote a performance variant of its Skyline passenger car.

Note: Don’t confuse the Nissan Skyline with the Ford Skyliner—they’re totally different cars. 

In anticipation of the oil crisis, Nissan discontinued the Skyline GT-R in 1973.

Almost two decades later in 1989, it came back in a big way—bringing a new 300+ horsepower 2.6L twin-turbo inline six with it.

The new Nissan Skyline GT-R became a fierce competitor in FIA Group A racing, where it earned the ominous nickname “Godzilla.”

From there, the GT-R gained fame both on the race track and in pop culture—appearing in dozens of movies and video games throughout the last two decades.

These Skyline GT-Rs are often referred to as their respective generations, R32 (1989-94), R33 (1995-98), and R34 (1999-2002).

After another brief hiatus, the GT-R broke away as a trim level on the Skyline in 2009 to become its own marque. Now officially just called “GTR,” the new supercar bested performance benchmarks from names like Porsche, Corvette, and Ferrari.

A 2013 GTR Nismo N-Attack is currently the 8th-fastest production car to tackle the famed Nürburgring circuit. 

Under the hood is a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 making (depending on the year/tune) anywhere from 480-550 horsepower. Power is sent through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, on its way to all four wheels.

With help from its all-wheel-drive configuration, various publications are having no problem ripping off sub-12-second quarter mile ETs in stock dress.

But perhaps the biggest news about the re-christened 2009 Nissan GTR was that it is finally being sold in the United States.

Previously, Skylines weren’t available in the states, which meant that to get a Skyline GT-R here, you needed to endure a complicated and lengthy bureaucratic process. Even then, the chances for getting a Skyline on American roads were slim.

Note: That is gradually changing thanks to relaxed laws concerning imports more than 25 years old, meaning that foreign-market cars from the early 1990s are starting to trickle in. 

When we saw a GTR pull into the Summit Racing retail store parking lot in Tallmadge, OH, we knew it had to be a Lot Shots feature.

We’re pretty sure this is a 2015 version, here’s why:

  • It’s got the headlights from the 2014 refresh
  • It’s wearing the stock 2014 and 2015 wheels
  • It looks like the taillights are the whole-circle LED rings from 2015+

But…we’re far from experts at Japanese supercars, so correct us if we’re wrong in the comments below.


















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