Nissan Skyline R33

Nissan Skyline R33 GTS25-T

Skyline R33 GTS25-T Had Unbelievable Handling

Nissan Skyline R33 GTS25-T Is A Trouble Maker

In 1993 the all-new Nissan Skyline R33 GTS25-T replaced the successful R32 GTS- T. Little brother to the all-conquering GTR. The GTS25-T is more affordable and still a thrilling ride. It features a more modern new shape with smooth lines. Rather than the sharp edges of the previous model. The new looks were debatable some liked the newer styling of the R33. Some preferred the harder edges of the R32.

On the road, with the R33 the first thing you notice is how smooth the R25DET engine is. The power delivery is linear and the car pulls hard from 3000rpm to the 7000 rpm redline. The manual coupe version will propel you from 0-100 in 6.18 seconds. Completes the quarter in 14.4. Maximum power is 187kw at 6400 and a max torque 295nm at 4800.

The RB25DET is a ripper and featured technology ahead of its time. The 2.5-liter turbo inter-cooled straight 6 features a twin cam head with variable valve timing on the intake side.

Nissan Skyline R33 GTS25-T Is A Trouble Maker

The R33 GTS25-T Had Unbelievable Handling

Handling of the coupe is great with a good balance between comfort and sports like feel. The rear of the car steered by a system called HICAS. Which works by calculating the speed and angle of the car through the corners. This feature seems to minimize understeer and kept the car flat through the corner. The rear on the car is equipped with a viscous LSD. Steps out ever so progressively when pushing hard. This makes the car easy to control. But if pushed too hard it would be easy to lose the rear end. The skyline is a medium size coupe weighing in at 1360kg. When cornering its a great drive but not quiet as direct or nibble through the bends as the lighter R32 was. But light suspension modifications improve handling significantly.

In Australia, a good series 1 GTS25-T can be picked up for around $17,000. A series 2 for around 20,000. With standard features including electric windows and climate control, I think it is great value for money. With slight modifications to the engine and suspension. The car can be turned into a street weapon.

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