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Nissan's most powerful car the Skyline GT-R. When the news was announced on our website, the love poured in. Our Google numbers spiked, hundreds of comments filled our social-media accounts, and the lucky guys who could afford the GT-R's P7.35-million asking price lined up at the dealers. It's no Veyron, no 911, but the GT-R's overall look outlines exactly what it intends to be: a sort of ultimate evolution of the tuner car, taken in-house.

Inside, you get leather upholstery with faux suede inserts, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated eight-way power driver seat (four-way for the front passenger), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, NissanConnect mobile-app integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker Bose audio system with active noise cancellation and enhancement, USB connectivity, and satellite and HD radio.

It's no longer the scalding supercar bargain it once was, but the GT-R still delivers an astonishing performance profile for $101,685 base. From GT3-spec turbo upgrades to colour choices, bespoke carbonfibre trim, special dampers and anything else a buyer's imagination can conjure, the GT-R50 is Nissan's answer to the apparently growing demand for ultra-exclusive supercars.

The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 was prominently showcased in Nissan Skyline GT-R the fourth film, Fast & Furious. Known as Hakosuka among enthusiasts — it wasn't ‘Godzilla' always — the first-generation car was rear-wheel drive, had a high-revving inline six engine, and was, later in its life, offered as a two-door coupe as well.

In common with pretty much every performance Japanese car, the list of special variants could fill a book on its own, and different versions like the Nismo, N1 and V-Spec received extra vents, lip spoilers and wheel sizes, mostly in the name of homologating parts for use on the circuit.

Fondly known as the Hakosuka (box Skyline,” chassis code KPGC10), the 1971 Skyline was the first to wear the world-renowned GT-R badge—for gran turismo racer—signifying that this was no run-of-the-mill Skyline GT. The inspiration for the GT-R was an early race special based on a regular, previous-generation S50 Skyline 2000GT that credibly competed with a specially-constructed Porsche 904 GTS in the 1964 Japanese Grand Prix, finishing second, amazing everyone involved and giving Porsche a scare.

For the interior space, the cabin feels ergonomic, with much easier ingress and egress as compared to other luxurious cars. Today's R35 Nissan GT-R might have dropped the Skyline nameplate, but its ancestry is easy to trace. Unlike the old Skylines, the GT-R is not based on a more sedate Nissan.

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