The top Nissan NISMO race car was recently announced by the brand, and the results may surprise you. It’s the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32—a classic for most auto enthusiasts. Nissan recently held a competition on social media called the #NISMOtop20 competition to determine which cars fans loved the most. And, now that the votes are in, it looks like the GT-R R32 has won bragging rights.
According to Nissan, the GT-R R32 was only in production for five years, but it won several awards and championship races during its short lifespan. For instance, it won the SPA 24 and the Australian Touring Car Championship, both in 1991. The Skyline also took home the gold at the Bathurst 1000 two years in a row.
“It was in Japanese touring cars where the R32 saw arguably its biggest successes,” stated Nissan in a press release. “The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 scored the victory in every Japanese Touring Car Championship race during the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons, earning championships for the Hasemi and Impul teams along the way.”
The standard R32 had a 2.6-liter engine with all-wheel drive, which generated up to 276 horsepower and up to 266 lb-ft of torque. It also weighed in at about 3,100 pounds. Still, the R32 maintained impressive handling, a smooth ride, and looks that simply couldn’t be beat.
While you may be hard pressed to find an R32, there is a range of other high-performance Nissan cars you can see in person at Bates Nissan today.