Do you know how it goes? You are the head of Japanese car concern Nissan, you produce GT-R and do not even plan to make any enchanting sales. Also, you do not expect that the car will someday be popular abroad. But in 1989 Nissan Skyline was considered the fastest Japanese car on the planet. In 1998 the world saw Nissan Skyline R34. The car was repeatedly highlighted in the series of the movie “Fast-forward” and marked the release of the tenth generation.
A total of 13 generations of this machine have already been produced. The current version of V37 is sold under the name Infinity Q50 in such countries as Russia, North America, South Korea and Taiwan. The latest generation is called Nissan GT-R and was shown in 2016. The whole model range is Nissan.
- Car history
- Skyline ALSI (I generation 1957-1963)
- Skyline S50 (II generation 1963-1968)
- Skyline C10 (III generation 1968-1972)
- Skyline C110 (IV generation 1972-1977)
- Skyline C210 (V Generation 1977-1981)
- Skyline R30 (VI generation 1981-1985)
- Skyline R31 (VII generation 1985-1989)
- Skyline R32 (VIII generation 1989-1993)
- Skyline R33 (IX generation 1993-1998)
- Skyline R34 (X generation 1998-2000)
- Exterior Skyline GTR R34
- Interior Skyline R34
- Skyline R34 specifications
- Skyline V35 (XI generation 2000-2007)
- Exterior Skyline V35
- Interior kyline V35
- Specifications Skyline V35
- Skyline V36 (XII generation 2006-2014)
- Nissan Skyline photo
- Test drive
- Video overview
Skyline is one of the oldest types of Japanese machines – for more than fifty years this brand has been in operation and an abundance of machines was produced under the nameplate “Skyline”. Production of this vehicle was started in 1955, when the model Skyline ALSI-1 was released. The car was created in Prince Motor Company. This company was founded in 1952 by the automobile company Tama, which in turn was founded by the aviation company Tachikawa.
The latter company was engaged in the production of fighters for the Second World War, and in 1952 began to produce electric Tama cars. In honor of the Emperor of Japan Hirohito, “Tama” decided to be renamed Prince Motor Company. The company began to produce gasoline slope cars instead of electric cars.
Prince was able to use the power unit designed by employees of the division of Fuji Precision Industries, created by the aviation company Nakajima. When 1954 came, the companies decided to unite (Prince Motor Company and Fuji Precision Industries).
It is noteworthy that in 1966, the Japanese government recommended creating large companies that could compete in the international market and counteract foreign manufacturers to enter the local car market. As a result, Nissan has teamed up with Prince, just as Toyota has connected with Hino and Daihatsu.
It turns out that since the 67th year the production of Prince has been sold under the brand name Nissan or Datsun. Despite this, the Prince department still operates in the Nissan division and is responsible for the style of Skyline.
Interestingly, Nissan Skyline in Japanese literally means Heavenly Line, Horizon.
Skyline ALSI (I generation 1957-1963)
ALSI-1 series. Such machines were produced in 1957 and 1958 in the sedan and wagon body. They used the Prince brand and by Japanese standards the model was a luxury car. A total of 33,759 vehicles were sold. The car had a frankly “pro-American” design and was equipped with a 1.5-liter (1,482 cubic centimeters) GA-30 powerplant, which produced 60 horsepower (44 kW).
The number of revolutions reached 4 400 revolutions per minute. The model weighed about 1,300 kilograms, and the maximum speed was at 140 kilometers per hour. Structurally, the Nissan Skyline of the 1st generation was quite simple, for example, with a De Dion dependent suspension at the back, where there was a light beam connecting the rear wheels and a fixed gearbox of the main gear.
When 1958 came, the car decided to update (ALSI-2), and it turned out in accordance with the latest American fashion 4 headlights and power unit GA-4, which was a valve mechanism OHV. The volume was slightly increased to 1,484 cubic centimeters, but the power increased to 70 horsepower (52 kW).
The ALSI-2 series was almost the same as the debut version, apart from the other name on the hood and the only large horizontal bar on the grille. In addition, starting from 1962, the coupe and convertible were assembled by hand and named BLRA-3.
The car had an Italian stylish design from Giovanni Michelotti and a 1.9-liter 96 hp (72 kW) power unit GB-30. They produced 60 such models in just a couple of years. All the guilt is a huge cost (almost 2 times more expensive than the serial version of “Skyline”). Together with other reasons, they decided to stop the production of cars, so they decided to bet on the next series S 50-E, which received a more modest price tag.
Skyline S50 (II generation 1963-1968)
Prince Skyline S50-E was released in 1963 and was produced until 1968 in the body of a sedan (S50) and a wagon (W50). The novelty had a new four-cylinder “engine” G1, with a volume of 1,484 cubic centimeters and 70 horsepower. If you compare the vehicle with its ancestor, the car had a more angular shape.
The second generation of Nissan Skyline has four round headlights, which became the “brand” designation of Skyline, which remained unchanged for many families up to version R34. This version has a pair of large round stop lights and a pair of smaller rotating lights.
Nissan Skyline II generation was in two versions – three-speed gearbox and more sporty four-speed transmission. The latter version received sports seats to highlight its own character, and the version with a 3-speed gearbox was equipped with seats only in front. When 1967 came, the C50 series was replaced by the C57 series, equipped with the latest G15 powertrain.
It received a volume of 1,483 cm³, four cylinders and 88 horsepower. This engine was the most powerful in Japan at the time. A total of 114238 vehicles were sold. In 1964, the Prince company decided to create a racing car Skyline GT, which will receive a 6-cylinder engine G-7 from Gloria S40. As a result, the wheelbase was increased by 200 millimeters, and a special mount for the six-cylinder “engine” was organized.
Initially, only a small number of these machines were produced for GT class competitions, which made them very popular. The management of the company decided to launch the vehicle into serial production. As a result, the final model gave rise to the S54 series and received the name Skyline 2000GT.
It was released in two versions. GT-A was equipped with a G7 engine where there was a single carburetor with a capacity of 105 “horses”. The GT-B version was equipped with three 40DCOE-18 Weber carburettors, a 5-speed gearbox with convergent gear ratios, a 99-liter fuel tank, a full set of tools, a friction differential, a brake system booster and a high compression engine.
Both versions had front disc brakes with 2-piston calipers and rear alloy drum brakes. Vehicles that were later produced received airflow through the ventilation with small window ball vents, which were added to the dashboard. Only the GT-B model was used for the competition.
The result of the race was as follows: “The Japanese was able to complete the race on the 2nd place, almost overtaking the victorious model Porsche 904GTS, which was almost a full-fledged racing car. Such a result couldn’t help but surprise, taking into account that the Japanese model represented a four-door sedan. The C54 model was produced until 1968, so it served as the foundation for the legendary Skyline.
Skyline C10 (III generation 1968-1972)
The 1500 series, which replaced the C50 in the summer (July) 1968, was produced until 1972. Vehicles were produced in two body versions – a 4-door sedan and a wagon. They had a G15 powerplant from C57. The same car, but with a G18 engine was sold under the index 1800. These cars used elements of Prince company to a greater extent and were the last Skyline produced under the brand name Prince. All other versions of Skyline were renamed to Nissan Skyline.
Skyline 2000GT (GC10 series). Exactly like all other variants of derivative series C10, GC10 (G-installed in GT), mainly designed by Prince employees, despite the fact that these machines have already had their own name Nissan Skyline 2000GT. The vehicle was presented in 1968 (2 months after the line of 1 500) and initially produced in 2 versions – a 4-door sedan (GC10) and 5-door hatchback.
After 1970, the coupe (KGC10) was also launched. The car was almost the same as the previous version of the S54 GT-A, which was equipped with a six-cylinder engine instead of the previous four-cylinder one. The two-thousandth version had an engine L20 with a capacity of 1,998 cm³ and 105 horsepower.
Skyline 2000GT-R (PGC-10 line). Already in 1968, the company introduced to the public a new 1,500 series and a version comparable to the previous GT-A (GC10 series). However, the public was waiting for a replacement for the GT-B. We had to wait almost a year, when the new model appeared – in 1969, the GT-R was released.
It was the new car Nissan Skyline GT-R that was ready to write world history.
The new Skyline 2000GT-R received the S20 engine with a working volume of 1,998 cm³, which produced 160 “horses”, which was comparable to the Porsche 911 (also produced by Germany in those days). This powerplant was almost the same as the GR8 for the racing version of the Nissan R380, which was able to win the third Japanese GP in 1966, ahead of Porsche Carrera 6.
Since the model was designed for racing circuits, the PHC10 was a lightweight model with no heater or radio, but was similar to any other four-door sedan on the outside. Two years later, the GT-R coupe was introduced in March 1971. Thanks to the shortened wheelbase and lower weight, maneuverability was improved when compared to the 4-door version.
The novelty continued the racing pedigree of previous versions and reached 33 wins in a year and a half of racing, which continued with 50 wins of KPGC-10. In 1972 the production of these cars was stopped.
Skyline C110 (IV generation 1972-1977)
A couple of major versions were envisaged – 1600GT and 1800GT. Two versions had derivative engines G15, G16 (1.6l) and G 18 (1.8l), respectively. In total, Nissan Skyline C110 sold 539,727 vehicles, which is a lot. The third version was called 2000GT-X and compared to the C10 2000GT.
Such a car had an improved version of the L20 power plant, producing 130 horsepower instead of 109 past ones. The most powerful machine on the list was the 2000 GT-R, which had an unchanged version of the “engine” S20 with a capacity of 160 “hooves”.
Like its predecessor, the car could go in the back of a compartment and a four-door sedan. A total of 197 copies were produced, which were considered the last to be worn by the GT-R for more than a decade. Notably, they were not used for sports races.
Skyline C210 (V Generation 1977-1981)
During the whole period of production 539,727 vehicles were sold. The models were sold abroad under the Datsun brand as before. Like the third generation Nissan Skyline, the C210 series was produced in 4 versions. It is worth noting that due to the fuel crisis and more stringent emission requirements, the GT-R version was removed from production and instead of the top model Skyline 2000GT-ES (KGC211) was introduced.
The vehicle appeared in spring (April) 1980 and had a new turbo version of the L20, called L20ET, which allowed to produce 140 horsepower. Such a power plant lost in power to the GT-R, but as a contrast to the C20, it was able to meet the emission standards and gave a start to a new stage in the history of Skyline – the first engine with turbocharger.
Standard modifications were named 1600TI and 1800TI, which received L16 and L18 engines, respectively, instead of the previous engines of “G” units. The old model 2000GT-X “lost” X, and received the name 2000GT, which had a constant engine L20 with a capacity of 130 “horses”.
Skyline R30 (VI generation 1981-1985)
In 1981, the public was introduced to the Nissan Skyline R30, which was built on the C31 Laurel platform. The new sixth generation of Nissan Skyline brought with it a new company policy. “The Sideshow was significantly different from the previous cars, it became lighter, bigger and returned to the sporting events.
All models of the car, except for the station wagon, had rear round lanterns, which served as a distinctive element of Skyline. Top versions of Skyline R30 could be adjusted in terms of the rigidity of the suspension, and while driving. Until the end of the 20th century, all other Skyline families received the designation R3X.
It was Nissan Skyline R30 that became the first commercially available car in Japan with a customizable suspension while driving.
New versions were released in August 1981 and had five different models. Their appearance was angular. Many experts say that the company has taken a step back to Skyline’s sporting past. These models had new engines instead of the previously installed L16. These were six-cylinder 2000GT and 2800GT engines.
R30 Skyline RS. After the Japanese company decided not to produce GT-R, the Skyline range did not have a single DOHC motor (a motor with 2 camshafts installed at the top). When the oil crisis came to an end, turbocharged “machines” came to light, however, DOHC was not yet used.
Especially for this purpose it was decided to release RS Skyline in October 1981. The car could be bought in the sedan and coupe body. It was equipped with two two two-liter FJ0E engines, which developed 150 horsepower. The powerplant was designed specifically for the competition. In 1983, the engine was improved by installing a turbine.
As a result, the engine was called FJ20ET (T- says about the installed turbine), which produces 190 horsepower. A little later, it was upgraded to 205 “mare” with the introduction of an intercooler. This model became known as the RS-X or Turbo C. It was not only the most powerful version of Skyline at the time, but also the most successful racing car.
Skyline R31 (VII generation 1985-1989)
Due to the fact that the R30 range was very popular, the management of the Japanese company decided to leave the appearance almost the same as in the previous generation, so the R31 series was similar to R30. The vehicle debuted only in the four-door bodywork. Due to the prevalence of exquisite cars and Skyline began to have an expensive finish, and it seemed that he missed the “sports” inspiration.
The standard car for those times was considered to be 1800l, which used a four-cylinder CA 18 engine with a volume of 1.8 liters. This “engine” developed 100 horsepower. However, R31 also introduced a new family of engines – RB20 engines, installed in Passage GT.
Separately, the RB20DET can be singled out as a two-liter in-line six-cylinder turbocharged DOHC engine, which develops 180 “hooves” with 6,400 revolutions per minute. It was the debut in a huge family of RB26DETT engines. It was equipped with later GT-Rs and other Skyline models up to the P34 range.
GTS Coupé. Customers were tuned for the R31 version until the GTS surprised the showrooms in May 1986. This two-seater car had a Passage GT RB20DET engine. When the year 1988 came, this car was renamed GTS-X and received an upgraded version of the RB20DET, which gave 190 horsepower.
Among the important new features is the HICAS (Rear Wheel Thrusting System), which was first installed in Skyline. This kind of electronics is still in use on today’s top-of-the-range Skyline machines. Thanks to this system, the controllability of the car is significantly improved.
The most common version of the GTS is the GTS-R, which was specially designed for competitions. Power of 180 “hooves” in the basic version, although not children’s toys, but still lose 205 “horses” RS-X R30. On this basis, the management decided to release the GTS-R Skyline R31 in 1987 with the RB20DET engine, which provided 210 horsepower.
This was achieved thanks to the turbocharger and exhaust manifolds. Japanese specialists also adjusted the engine, and many other parts of the car were tuned, which gave GTS-R a more sporty character. These vehicles were produced in a limited number of 200 copies.
Skyline R32 (VIII generation 1989-1993)
With the advent of 1989, the Skyline R32 series was updated. All of its numerous representatives received improved sporting qualities and a finely tuned running gear. The car was produced in a sedan body and a two-seater coupe. In addition, for the first time, the Japanese decided to produce a four-wheel drive version of the GT-R.
The old line of engines was removed from production, so it turns out that the machines had a two-liter ordinary six-cylinder 155 hp engine RB20DE. More “sporty” versions, such as the GTS-t, had the RB20DET engine, which was placed under the hood of the GTS-R R31, but it had increased power up to 212 “horses”.
Later there were modifications with 2.5-liter 180 hp DOHC RB25DE. After the release of the latest version of the GT-R, the new Skyline GT-R model appeared in 1989. For obvious reasons, many people expected a lot from the new model because of the great legacy that everyone had in their memory. However, this car turned out to be the worst of all GT-Rs.
At that time it was considered very difficult to repeat the achievement of PGC10’s on the track, until the model of the new Skyline R32 GT-R, which quickly earned the nickname Godzilla, was released. The new Skyline GT-R was only in the form of a 2-seater coupe and used a whole list of high technologies designed to improve smooth running.
It was in GT-R that they decided to use the ATTESA system, which controls the all-wheel drive system of cars. ATTESA has learned how to transmit the torque from the rear wheels to the front when needed. Thanks to this, it was possible to “drift”, which was very difficult to do with AWD.
After that, a new version of the branded rear wheel steering system – Super-HICAS – was introduced, which allowed this car to be one of the best, if not the best in the world. “The Japanese not only had excellent driving characteristics, but also had one of the most advanced engines – the RB25DETT, which received a volume of 2.6 liters, DOHC, double turbine and 280 “horses”.
This powerplant was a pure racing engine, produced only for competitions, due to Japanese conditions to contain a maximum power of 280 horsepower. If we talk about the upgraded versions, their power could reach 1,300 horsepower. It is worth noting that even the basic machines reached the mark of 60 miles per hour in only 4.8 seconds, which is comparable to the Ferrari 355.
The novelty was not positioned for street racing. It was developed for the standards of the Japanese “Group A” racing requirements. Racing was the place where GT-R was on top. Many drivers were able to win a large number of races, which is why this class decided to cancel, as no one wanted to compete with the leading version of Nissan.
Skyline R33 (IX generation 1993-1998)
Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R. R33 lineup was very similar to the previous model – R32. The “car” was sporty, although its size and weight were slightly increased and it became less agile. The increased weight was compensated by a new 2.5-liter RB25 engine with 6 cylinders, which developed 190 “horses”.
The engines were installed in GTS 4 and GTS25. The GTS25t was equipped with a more powerful RB25DET, which already produced 255 horsepower. The hard luggage was put on R33’s after it was introduced in 1995. The previous version was quite successful (almost invincible), and no one thought that the new GT-R could change the line R32 for the better.
This may be surprising, but the new R33 Skyline GT-R was superior to the previous model in almost all parameters, despite the added weight. Under the hood was the 280hp RB26DETT engine, which had a wider torque range to make the engine more flexible. In addition, the novelty was equipped with upgraded systems ATTESA-ETS and SUPER-HICAS.
NISMO 400R and GT-R LM. NISMO is a division of Nissan Motorsports, which is responsible for the cars specialized for the racing class of the last “Group A” – JGTC (All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship) – the national racing competition in Japan. Due to the fact that the engine power in the country was limited to 280 horsepower, the victory required the most precise adjustment of the power plant, because to win in another way it was very difficult.
Japanese specialists produce the 400R version in winter (February) 1996, which is a limited edition machine (only 99 machines). Skyline participated in the 24-hour GT1 Le Mans endurance competition in 1955 and 1996. It turns out that Nissan represented GT-R LM and 400R as “road” models of racing cars.
For their sharpness was responsible for the improved version of the “engine” RB26DETT. The LM model was equipped with a 305-horsepower engine, and the 400R with a 400-horsepower engine. It’s a pity, but only one GT-R LM was built to take part in the competition. To date, this vehicle is located in the museum. In addition, the 400P had an enlarged RB26DETT engine with a volume of almost 3 liters – RBX-GT2.
There were a couple of turbines and 400 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. The hovercraft’s capacity couldn’t help but affect the exterior of the car. We can note the presence of large wheels and wider spoilers, wheel arches, and lower landing. All this has improved their appearance by comparing the “cars” with the rather unsightly standard GT-R.
Four-door GT-R Autech. “AutoTech is a branch of Nissan, which specializes in tuning cars. This car was a four-door version of the GT-R R33, which was released in a limited edition specifically for the 40-year celebration of Nissan Skyline.
The car received all basic GT-R systems and bucket-type seats. It turns out that it was the same GT-R, but more practical. NISMO also produced a tuned car GT-R Autech, equipped with a spoiler from NISMO 400R and 380 hp engine. Such a novelty was very attractive during its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Skyline R34 (X generation 1998-2000)
Some people thought R33 was too massive, and many thought that R32 was the best Skyline. With this in mind, the Japanese company decided to launch the new Nissan Skyline R34. The new line was more focused on the representatives of R32 than on its immediate predecessor. As a result, they created a car, which turned out to be more sporty than P33 models.
Exterior Skyline GTR R34
The exterior of the vehicle is excellent, there is aggression, which was to the liking of many motorists. The front part of the car has a relief hood, aggressive narrow halogen optics and a small radiator grille between the headlights. The front bumper is big and aerodynamic.
It has a black lip, small air intakes and separate turn signals. The Nissan Skyline’s drag coefficient in the coupe body was 0.38. The V-Spec series cars could be distinguished by a lower landing (the height of the ground clearance was lower).
The side part has slightly inflated wheel arches and a back beveled arch, which looks a bit unusual. There is a small indentation in the bottom and middle, but in the middle it represents a simple line. In 2000, the V-Spec 2 model was introduced, which differed by a carbon fiber hood, which was lighter than the aluminum hood of the previous version.
The rear part has four halogen round headlights. In addition, you can see a small luggage compartment lid with a massive spoiler. The boot lid has a small repeater of the stop light. The large relief aft bumper was equipped with large rear running lights, and under a modest diffuser there is an exhaust pipe.
In general, the appearance of Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 has become more rigid, bright and youthful. Previously, the “Japanese” was produced only in the coupe body version, but now sedans began to appear, which differed from previous models only by the branded round taillights.
Interior Skyline R34
The interior of the Nissan Skyline R34 looks really sporty. For example, there are sports forges, which perfectly cope with the retention of the driver and passenger in a corner. Free space in the front part is more or less enough, but a high level of comfort is not to be expected.
It is necessary to adjust to a rigid driving style. The car has five seats, so it fits 3 people in the back, but again, there is little free space. The owner is presented with a semi-sporty three-spoke steering wheel.
The dashboard is simple in the current trends and has large analogue sensors of speedometer, engine speed, fuel level and engine temperature. The first thing that is striking inside the Nissan Skyline cabin is a 5.8-inch display. Looking at the monitor, you can see information about the current engine temperature, oil and intercooler status.
V-Spec versions allow you to display a graph of longitudinal and transverse acceleration and intercooler temperature conditions. On the central console you can see the “poor” in terms of modern design parameters. At the top there is a standard radio, which is no longer caught on most of the machines, and below is the climate control unit, which is designed like a radio.
Below there is a petty cash drawer, an ashtray and a cigarette lighter. The tunnel has a large transmission selector, a small change box and a properly fitted parking brake handbrake. Salon Nissan Skyline R34 has a simple dark upholstery and hard plastic, is modest and a little ascetic.
Released cars in later time already had a leather interior and a lot of additional options, which can be attributed to the dashboard Nismo and steering wheel Sparco Champion Limited Edition with a quick removal mechanism.
Skyline R34 specifications
Fans loved the RB26DETT propulsion system, which develops 280 horsepower and 392 Nm of rotational force at a 1 bar boost pressure. The volume of the RB26DETT turbine system was 2.6 liters. Since 2002, Japanese specialists have demonstrated the NUR4 version. The word NUR serves as an abbreviation from the Nurburgring – this machine is capable of accelerating up to 300 kilometers per hour.
It is worth noting that only 1,000 models of this kind have been produced. In addition to the excellent dynamics, Skyline is distinguished by its tenacity for the roadway. The vehicle can be both rear-driven and four-wheel-drive.
The Attesa E-TS all-wheel drive technology in the standard position transmits 75 percent of the rotation forces to the rear wheels, however, when slipping or drifting, the central differential is blocked and the rotation forces are divided between the axles in a 50/50 ratio. With the help of a special HICAS system, the rear wheels are turned by a small angle in emergency modes, which significantly increases the speed of curves.
Although the Skyline range itself is associated with truly hurricane engines, there are also models with more modest characteristics. For example, the same RB2ODE can boast a volume of two liters and 155 hp.
The transmission for the Nissan Skyline R34 is a four-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission GETRAG. Skyline Nismo Z-Tune is considered to be the fastest of the basic Skyline. The model has a 2.8-liter 500 hp engine with a torque of 540 Nm at 5,200 rpm.
Nismo’s employees assured that this power plant can easily develop 630 “horses”, however, then the exhaust system would have to be cleaned. Nismo Z-Tune’s exhaust sound fits into the exhaust system’s sound standards. A total of 20 copies were produced.
When the car gains speed, the person is simply drawn into the seat overload of 1.59g, and if you brake sharply, the driver reaches the windshield with a force of 2g. It follows from this that it is necessary to fasten a seatbelt on such a car. In front of the Nismo there are 365-mm brake discs installed, and brake pads are pressed against the brake disk with the help of six brake cylinders.
The first hundred is reached in 4.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is 250 kilometers per hour. Stylish, lightweight and compact car Nissan Skyline GTR R34 can give a head start even to the recognized leaders in its niche. Not even the top-of-the-range machine has a number of advantages, including all-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission GETRAG, six-cylinder engine Twin Turbo, which produces 327 horsepower with maximum torque of 4400 revolutions per minute.
In addition, there is an independent multi-link suspension, a stiffer chassis. I would like to note that the modification of 1999, the standard model of which was GT-R, with a 2.6-liter 322 hp engine RB26DETT, which has a turbo blower twin-turbo, was recognized as the most popular in this lineup.
Skyline V35 (XI generation 2000-2007)
The next generation, V35, was presented in the summer of 2000 and was the first to be created after the merger of two companies – Nissan and Renault. As the basis of the new model, the FM-platform was used, as in the Nissan 350Z. Changes compared to the previous family were very serious – instead of in-line power units of the RB line, V-shaped VQs were installed.
In addition, none of the vehicles had turbocharger, no longer produced the version GT-R. All vehicles were driven by rear wheels, and the sedan body version was all-wheel drive. It was the Nissan Skyline V35 Coupe, which was the first Skyline series machine to be officially delivered to the United States market.
It is important to mention that in the U.S. this model was sold under a slightly different name – Infiniti G35. But there were no other differences besides the name and emblem – they were two identical machines.
Exterior Skyline V35
On the outside, the exterior of the fresh Skyline was obviously different. Initially, Japanese experts decided to change the design of headlights. As a result, the front optics repeats the line of the front arch and goes back to the body posts. The changes also affected the bumper, which became more streamlined.
Together with the bumper, the radiator grille was changed, which became wider and now was decorated with chrome. It is hard not to notice that the appearance of the Nissan Skyline V35 now was not distinguished by sportiness and aggressiveness. Rather, it is a more elegant and luxurious car. The car, after a while, looks good to this day. A separate version of the coupe can be distinguished.
Interior kyline V35
The interior decoration is closer to the business class, so it will not be possible to call it aggressive and sporty, just like the exterior. They decided to paint the interior in quiet dark tones, where there is a pleasant finish “under the aluminum”. A three-spoke steering wheel with adjustments is presented to the driver.
The armchairs are moderately rigid and have an electric drive and heating function. The central console received a radio and a “climate” control unit. The “device” turned out to be an arrowhead and does not shine in the sun, and at night is well readable. It is important to note that a large number of Japanese cars come with the right steering wheel.
For those who like regular versions, it is necessary to turn to the American version of Infiniti. Inside there is a place for cupholders, as well as a central armrest, ashtrays, etc. All controls are installed correctly. Interestingly, when setting up the steering wheel, the dashboard moves.
The level of equipment is quite pleasant. There is climate control, color display, navigator, beige suede upholstery, audio system, as well as four airbags. The salon is distinguished by good noise insulation, quality acoustics and comfortable seats.
The interior is assembled at a high level, the plastic is pleasant to the touch, the leather on the chairs does not crack. Regardless of this, you still need to pay attention to the seats. One of the disadvantages is the low roof, which is clearly visible on the second row of seats. There is plenty of free space ahead, the landing itself is comfortable, and visibility is above all praise.
Specifications Skyline V35
The 11th generation of the Japanese car was powered only by V-type gasoline engines. The base engine was the 2.5-liter VQ25DDD, designed for 215 “horses”. The torque limit is 270 Nm. Such an engine was installed on mono- and all-wheel drive Skyline modifications.
Further in the list is a 3-liter 6-cylinder 260 hp engine, which develops 324 Nm of torque. Top-of-the-range Nissan Skyline V35 engines had 3.5-liter VQ35DE engines. It is worth noting that their power could be different.
The four-door sedan came with a 272-horsepower engine (343 Nm), and a variant in the compartment body with a 280-horsepower unit (353 Nm). All engines have a higher compression ratio than the 34-horsepower engine. In addition, the engine has a new system of time and height adjustment of exhaust valves and other piston valves. Power units can already be “spun up” from the factory up to 7,500 rpm.
Regardless of which engine is installed, Skyline leaves only positive emotions from driving. The weakest engine allows you to accelerate to a mark of 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds, and the maximum speed does not exceed 204 km/h. The most powerful engine speeds up to 240 km/h, and the first hundred is reached in 5.9 seconds.
That’s the kind of speed that pulls in a lot of gasoline consumption. Based on passport data, the model “eats” from 10.3-17.5 liters for every 100 kilometers, depending on the driving mode. However, if you look at the reality, this “engine” can “ask” for 20 liters of 95th grade. The tank volume is the same on all versions of the 11th generation – 75 liters.
It is possible to reach such speed and fast acceleration with the help of an improved transmission, which is represented here by a 5-speed “automatic machine” capable of working in the “kickdown” mode. The gearbox has a DS mode, which allows you to unscrew the revolutions up to 7 500.
In addition, the transmission has a manual gearshift mode. For this purpose, a selector and steering paddles are provided. The novelty of Japanese production was assembled taking into account the universal FM platform, on which the Infiniti FX crossover was assembled. Advantages of the “trolley” is that it allows to have a power unit in the wheelbase, which improves the weight distribution.
For front and rear wheels an independent suspension was installed. The car is distinguished by good smoothness and maneuverability. Based on the feedback from Nissan Skyline B35 owners, the car is easily included in the corners.
Skyline V36 (XII generation 2006-2014)
The twelfth version of Nissan Skyline was officially launched in November 2006. Initially, the update only concerned the sedan version, and the coupe produced in the past body V35. The new coupe was released in July 2007. In the United States the model is sold as Infiniti G35. Changes in relation to the V35 were mainly external. The all-wheel drive system remained only in the sedan version.
For the four-door version there are 2.5- and 3.5-liter power units, and for the coupe – 3.7-liter “engine”. Japan has 4-door vehicles in three versions. It is a 250GT model with a 2.5-liter VQ25HR six-cylinder engine, which produces 220 horsepower (163 kW, 263 N/m).
This is followed by 250GT FOUR with the same engine, but with a four-wheel drive system. Closes the line of Japanese cars version 350GT, which has a 3.5-liter six-cylinder VQ35HQ engine under the hood, developing 310 “horses” (232 kW, 358 N/m).
For the U.S. market, Infinity cars are available in 5 configurations and only with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder 306 hp (228 kW) engine. The only difference is the version G35x AWD, which has a four-wheel drive system. The car in the coupe body, under the hood has a 3.7-liter 330 hp “engine” and 366 N/m of torque (246 kW).
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