Caught testing on the famous rburgring test track in Germany, the Skyline GT-R sounds as though it has the twin-turbo V6, I did expected instead of a 4.5-liter V8 as some earlier rumors suggested. The 3.8-liter engine will be fed through a front mount intercooler and make at least 450 horsepower.
Although every other Skyline before it has used a true manual gearbox, this GT-R has either a very quick shifting sequential manual or a full-blown automatic.
Back in 1995, the Nissan Skyline was the first production vehicle to break the 8-minute barrier. When asked about how the next Skyline would measure up against modern rivals, Carlos Tavares, Nissan’s product chief, told Automobile magazine, “We will be very competitive. If we are not, we will do it again.”
It will be another year or so before we know the true capabilities of this particular Skyline as Nissan isn’t planning on showing the finished car until next fall’s Tokyo auto show. Sales in Japan begin shortly thereafter, with U.S. deliveries beginning in the spring.