The Skyline mythos is hard to trace for a non car enthusiast. A worldwide fascination for a three box sedan based coupe with "only" a 2.6 litre inline six putting out roughly 280 hp is not rationally explained. Yet, starting from the very first KPGC10 "Hakosuka" to the modern hypercar killing R35 GTR, Nissan's flagship has gained a legendary status not enjoyed by many, especially not by a car sold officially in only one country, its home market.
They were certainly raced though. Ever since the original Hakosuka dominated more thoroughbred machines such as Porsche's 911 in touring car racing, the Skyline badge has had an intimate link to Motorsport. After the Hakosuka, there was a lull in the performance aspirations of the badge, due to economic downturns and a shift in focus to more mild cars killing off the GTR badge for a good 4 decades. When it returned, it was the high tech R32 GTR that dazzled the automotive world.
The Australian press christened it the "Godzilla" after another terrifying Japanese import of the same name. The R32 won every race it was entered in officially, and was banned from every single one because no one could match its stability and pace. In the racing world, getting banned because the car performed too well is perhaps the greatest achievement.
The Skyline you see on these pages is not a GTR. It lacks the all wheel drive, all wheel steering, twin turbo six cylinder RB26 engine the top dog Skyline came with. Efaz Ahmed's Skyline R32 is an original GTS-T, with 4 doors, rear wheel drive, and less of a knife edge compared to the GTR. Considering the shape it was in though, the way it has been built up is nothing short of extraordinary.
The first step was to buy a Skyline GTS-T from Japan. Efaz already had the hideous Windom front Skyline in Dhaka, and the only remaining solution was to swap in the GTR front end. Murshed Huq, well known in Dhaka's tuning circles as a Mazda rotary expert, was drafted in to help with the project.
The presence this car has is nothing short of incredible. You feel like its so familiar from all the games you've played and videos you've watched, but nothing prepares you for this face to face meeting with a silver Godzilla, albeit with 4 doors. It's a surreal experience, akin to meeting the girl of your dreams and knowing that it isn’t a dream anymore.
The front is a Skyline GTR conversion, with the special edition N1-spec front bumper which makes the sleek lines of the R32 sedan a bit more aggressive in a subtle, suggestive manner. Elsewhere, the GTR spec spoiler, side skirts and rear bumper finish off the exterior, coated in a beautifully muted silver that contrasts well with the beast hiding underneath the carbon fiber hood. There’s little that gives away the potential of the machine to the untrained eye, at least not when it is turned off. When the ignition is turned, the 5Zigen exhaust (attached to a Trust exhaust manifold) lets the whole world know the characteristic thump-thump of a big bore six cylinder through a bass ridden baritone that is accompanied by the rich aroma of burning petrol.