If JDM spec cars are your life’s ambition, Nissan’s R33 version of the Skyline is probably at the top of your list. Powered by the RB26 inline six-cylinder, these turbocharged AWD coupes are among the most sought after Japanese cars in existence.
Because they respond very well to upgrades, many owners install larger turbos, open exhaust, and a host of fuel and ignition parts. Their efforts translate into sleepers that fly under the radar until its time to race. One example we stumbled across on YouTube today is downright scary. Filmed by Themaximumcars, the driver terrorizes an urban tunnel with explosions of unburned fuel. Not technically a backfire, dumping fuel when the throttle closes helps to cool the turbo and it produces brilliant bursts of flame.
The action then cuts to a country road, the perfect setting for a color infused burnout. Our fearless videographer says the dual turbos have been swapped for a larger single unit from HKS, and it looks as if the AWD system has been converted to RWD only. It is a proven recipe for success, but shifting with the left hand must be awkward at first. Listen to the smooth straight six, and tell us how you would build your R33. If you can’t wait for them to be age exempt from the import ban, we have several new R35 models to choose from. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more Nissan Skylines in action.