Nissan celebrates 50 years of Skyline in an epic video
The Nissan GT-R or Nissan Skyline is one of those cars that is hard to forget. Even if you're not a big fan of JDM cars, it's impossible to ignore the Skyline! And if you're a fan of the Gran Turismo series, you know what I'm talking about! In six generations, the Skyline has gathered a community of fans all over the world and the success story is unlikely to stop! To celebrate its 50th anniversary as it should be, Nissan has also created a tribute video.
The latter traces the evolution of the Skyline with an epic soundtrack to say the least. The cars are presented one by one and the video is interrupted by historical sequences where the sports cars experience their greatest hours of competition. It all starts with the first Skyline, the 2000 GT-R. Launched on February 21, 1969, the 2000 GT-R adopts a 160 hp 2.0 L in-line six. It could reach 62 mph in 8.3 s and had a top speed of 124 mph.
In 1973, the second generation arrived, marking a breakthrough in terms of design. Its fastback coupe profile gives it a more sporty look, while the adoption of circular taillights will then be adopted by the next generations. Under the hood, on the other hand, it's status quo! The car keeps a 2.0L in-line six with the same power and similar performance.
The next generation arrived sixteen years later in 1989! The third generation of the Skyline is more modern with a striking design that has become iconic today. The coupe gains a 2.6L in-line six producing 280 hp and 353 Nm of torque. It does 0 to 62 mph in 6.2 s and the top speed is 154 mph.
In 1995 the fourth generation arrived, followed by the fifth generation in 1999. The sixth generation, introduced in 2007, abandons the in-line six for a 3.8L V6 producing 485 hp and 587 Nm of torque. These figures will then change over time to 600 hp and 652 Nm of torque on the Nismo version. To celebrate fifty years of existence, a special "50th Anniversary Edition" series was unveiled at the latest New York Motor Show.