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Nissan GT-R Rental Los Angeles

The Nissan GT-R may not look like a supercar, but it is capable of the kind of performance that would embarrass most supercars. The previous versions were known as the Skyline GT-R and were themselves legendary. It might not have been as well known as more familiar brands like Ferrari or Lamborghini, but hardcore petrolheads knew that it was one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets. 

That is because for a long time it was only available in Japan and had to be imported to other countries but its presence in various popular driving games brought it to the attention of a wider audience. Now that the GT-R has been released worldwide, you no longer need a video game controller to unleash this beast. Just contact Lion Heart Lifestyle to experience the Nissan GT-R in all its glory for yourself.

Nissan GT-R: First Generation (1969 – 1972)

The Skyline and the Skyline GT-R have a pretty long and storied history that starts way back in 1957 before it was even a part of Nissan’s fleet of vehicles. The very first Skyline was a model in the line of a company called Prince. They were mainly luxury-oriented vehicles, but there was also a performance-oriented model called the Skyline Sport that was a sign of things to come.

In 1964 Prince created a Skyline that was built specifically for racing called the Skyline GT. It was entered in the Japanese Grand Prix where it experienced a good level of success. That success led to the introduction of the Prince Skyline 2000GT, a street-legal version of the racing vehicle. In 1966, Prince and Nissan merged to form a company called Nissan Prince, which eventually just became Nissan. 

It was not until February 1969 that the first proper Nissan Skyline GT-R appeared. It first debuted as a four-door sedan, but a two-door coupe came a year later. The GT-R was a stripped down version of the Skyline designed for the track where it enjoyed a lot of success. The sedan and the coupe versions of the GT-R racked up fifty-two victories between them while they were active.

Second Generation (1973)

The second generation Nissan Skyline GT-R arrived in 1972 and was an aggressive looking hardtop coupe. It was an attractive vehicle with a lot of advanced technology for the time, but unfortunately, it was unsuccessful, with just under two hundred sold. It only lasted until 1973 and if you’re a historically minded automobile fan, then you know why: The global fuel crisis of the 1970s. That crisis put the kibosh on many performance focused cars of the era because it meant that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. That put the Skyline GT-R on ice, where it would remain for nearly two decades.

Third Generation (1989 – 1994)

The Skyline GT-R brand would be revived in 1989, but there were other notable Skyline vehicles released in the interim. The Skyline DR30 RS Turbo was released in the early 80s and quickly became Nissan’s flagship model because of its impressive performance. There was also the Skyline GTS-R, which Nissan used as its vehicle of choice for Group A racing. When Nissan decided to retire that vehicle, it meant that the Nissan GT-R would rise again.

That rise began in 1990 when the GT-R—officially called the R32 GT-R—dominated the Australian Touring Car Championship, winning twenty-nine races in a row. This led to the car—and all subsequent GT-R’s—being nicknamed Godzilla, due to it being a “monster from Japan”. The Skyline GT-R was eligible for import to Australia and quickly became popular on that continent. American auto fans also caught wind of the GT-R, but unfortunately, it was not eligible for import to the US. Not legally anyway. At least not until 2014.

Fourth Generation (1995 -1998)

The fourth generation GT-R was, of course, called the R33. The R33 was an incremental improvement over the R32, with no big changes, but several smaller ones. There was not a big increase in power that you would expect from a new generation. That was mainly due to the severe restrictions on power gains imposed upon Japanese auto manufacturers at the time. Nissan managed to get around those restrictions by improving the aerodynamics of the vehicle to make it more efficient.

They also made it safer by adding airbags and internal crash bars, making it much safer than the previous models and the safest Skyline GT-R yet. The airbags were added in 1996, but despite that, the R33 was not allowed to be imported into other countries because front impact collision ratings were below recommended safety standards. But some of them got imported anyway. This was partly because it was about this time that the Skyline GT-R started to become more popular on the tuning circuit, building up its street cred in the process and starting the cult of the Skyline GT-R.

Fifth Generation (1999 – 2002)

This generation was called the R34 and was more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly than previous models because of a brand new engine that consumed less fuel. It also had revised styling, looking a lot more like the current GT-R we’re used to seeing. The fifth generation vehicle also had an upgraded interior that featured a bit of race-ready technology called MFD (Multi Function Display). The MFD showed various stats like water temperature, oil temperature, and more.

The Nismo—short for Nissan Motorsport, which is Nissan’s internal tuning division—version of the R34 GT-R’s MFD is even more racing focused. It can show you how many g’s—as in g-force—that you are pulling, a built-in lap timer, and even a connector to transfer driving data to a laptop for some serious in-depth analysis. So, yes, the R34 was serious business. This was also the time when the GT-R started to become more popular because of its placement in various popular video games, cementing its reputation as the supercar for the PlayStation generation.

Nissan GT-R (2008 – present day)

At this point, Nissan decided to abandon the Skyline name and call the car the GT-R instead. This was a significant turning point because it was the first time that the GT-R would be legally available in the USA. Expectations were sky high. The new GT-R surpassed them. It had a powerful engine that generated 497 HP that could—and did—take on any contemporary supercar, and at a much lower price to boot.

The GT-R was an immediate hit and soon became a pop-culture mainstay thanks to its appearance in a certain auto fetishizing film franchise. It has been over a decade since the GT-R made its debut and it has barely changed since then. That is because it doesn’t have to; there is no way to improve on perfection after all.

Experience the GT-R For Yourself

The Nissan GT-R is a certified automotive legend whose flame still burns bright even as those of its rivals have withered and died. It is proof that you can have supercar level performance in a less outlandish—but still very handsome—skin. So contact Lion Heart Lifestyle so that you can try it for yourself.