While not Godzilla, this Skyline is also no slouch and it costs far less.
Everyone wants a piece of the king, or in this case to drive Godzilla. The mighty Nissan Skyline GT-R is awe-inspiring to say the least. However, that monstrous performance reputation means inflated prices in the aftermarket. If you’re playing with a smaller budget but still want a fun JDM import, the R33 Skyline GTS-t is a good option to consider.
This particular Nissan sports coupe has been legally imported into the United States, so you’re good to register it and drive without harassment. Plus, this Skyline is unbelievably clean, proving the previous owner was meticulous to an extreme, which is exactly what you want.
Powering this ride is the tried-and-true 2.0-liter inline-six RB25DET. This Nissan is lightly modified with a Blitz SUS intake and a custom exhaust system. That means if you want to upgrade the turbo, intercooler, etc. there’s plenty of untapped potential. Or you can keep this ride as-is.
While this car comes with rear-wheel drive and isn’t as powerful as the R33 GT-R, it also weighs about 300 pounds less and is well-balanced. Plus, the 5-speed manual transmission adds to the connected feeling you enjoy with the car. Also keep in mind this is listed at just $20,900, a price you’re not going to get near for a GT-R in good condition.
In typical Japanese fashion, the interior pretty much looks like this R33 just rolled off the production line. All the plastics are shiny and blemish-free, the seats don’t appear to have any significant wear, and the carpeting also appears essentially perfect. Considering there are 73,845 miles on the odometer that’s incredible.
The second truly modern generation of the Nissan Skyline, the R33 was made from 1993 to 1998. It ushered in numerous improvements to the Skyline, cementing its reputation as a solid performance car both on the track and road.