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    Nissan Skyline Fact

    Post by EclipsedSilver on Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:45 pm

    Did you know that the Nissan Skyline was offered in the US? Go ahead and call me bonkers, but it's true. The 11th-generation (V35) Nissan Skyline, introduced in June 2001, was based on Nissan's FM platform, shared with the Nissan 350Z. The Nissan Skyline used a front-midship engine (VQ35DE), rear-wheel-drive layout (four-wheel drive was available for the sedan) to achieve a 52%/48% weight distribution. The V35 was the first Skyline made for export to the United States. There it was sold under the company's luxury brand, Infiniti as the Infiniti G35.

    The V35 broke with Skyline tradition. There was no straight-6, no turbo, and no GT-R, a decision which extended to all later Skylines. The intention had been for the model to use a different name, a decision reversed by Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn who choose to gear the V35 towards the luxury-sport market. Billing the 350Z as a pure sports car, Nissan put a slightly more powerful VQ35DE in the 350Z, and while the Skyline and the 350Z shared the same platform, the 350Z had additional bracing, under-body aero parts, and weighed 100 kg less.

    Japanese tuners mostly ignored the V35 Skyline, the 2006 Tsukuba Super Lap Battle had not a single V35 entrant.[1] Tuners such as Mines, Amuse, Hosaka, Garage Defend, M Speed, Nagisa, MCR, HKS, & Top Secret continued developing R32-R34 GT-Rs as time attack cars. Top Secret did tune a V35, but replaced the VQ35DE with a VK45DE V8 Twin Turbo. Signal USA entered a V35 in Formula D, replacing the VQ35DE with an SR20DET.

    Models:

    250GT – 2.5 L VQ25DD V6, 215 PS (158 kW, 270 N m)
    250GT Four – 2.5 L VQ25DD V6, 215 PS (158 kW, 270 Nm) 4WD
    300GT – 3.0 L VQ30DD V6, 260 PS (191 kW, 324 N m)
    350GT-8 – 3.5 L VQ35DE V6, 272 PS (200 kW, 353 N m)
    350GT Coupe – 3.5 L VQ35DE V6, 280 PS (206 kW, 363 N m)

    So yeah, the Skyline came to the US, AFTER Nissan broke the tradition.

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